Nintendo confirms the fate of the Mini NES
The fate of the Nintendo Classic Mini NES has been confirmed, as Nintendo issues a statement about UK stock availability.
A Nintendo spokesperson recently said that the console had been discontinued in North America, and that retailers would receive their last shipments of the year in April.
Slightly less clear was the status of the Mini NES in the UK and other territories.
However, in a statement to Express Online, a Nintendo spokesperson confirmed the worst, explaining that the company was no longer manufacturing the console in the region.
"We can confirm that we are no longer manufacturing the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System," reads a Nintendo UK statement.
"If production resumes in the future, an update will be posted on the official Nintendo website."
While this is bad news for fans, the statement suggests that the Mini NES could return in the future.
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Nintendo Japan gave fans similar hope, telling customers that production had ended "for now".
"This product has ended production for now. When production is being resumed, we will tell you on our website," reads a Nintendo of Japan statement.
Nintendo recently said that the console was never intended to be a long-term product, and that additional units were only manufactured to satisfy demand.
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It's possible that Nintendo has moved on to a Mini SNES, or that it's putting all its efforts into manufacturing the Nintendo Switch.
It's a shame, because while the Mini NES had its problems – like those ridiculously short cables – it did provide a healthy kick of gaming nostalgia.
The Nintendo Classic Mini NES features games like Final Fantasy, the original Super Mario Bros Trilogy, The Legend of Zelda, Castlevania and Mega Man 2.
Unlike the original NES, players can pick up where they left off, without inputting passwords or keeping the console on all night.
A full list of Nintendo Classic Mini games can be found below:
- Balloon Fight
- BUBBLE BOBBLE
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
- Dr. Mario
- FINAL FANTASY®
- GHOSTS‘N GOBLINS™
- Ice Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Mario Bros.
- MEGA MAN™ 2
- NINJA GAIDEN®
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- SUPER C™
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl™
- The Legend of Zelda
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link