The little retro console that could (revisit your childhood memories), the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES Mini as everyone actually knew it, was not long for this world. Nintendo admitted at the end of last week that it was being discontinued in the US, and now they’ve said it’s the same case in Europe.
A Nintendo spokesperson said to Eurogamer that “We can confirm that we are no longer manufacturing the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System. If production resumes in the future, an update will be posted on the official Nintendo website.”
While the NES mini was a success that far outstripped Nintendo’s expectations, to the point that it was impossible to find after its day of launch, the truth of the matter is that it was always going to be something of a curiosity for the company. With 30 classic games on the console, there was no way for Nintendo to flog further NES games to punters, and with the success of the Nintendo Switch, it makes an awful lot of sense that they focus on that console and the possibility of selling all those NES games as Virtual Console titles.
If you managed to get a hold of one, take good care of it, because that little box is going to be worth an absolute packet in a few years time. In fact, it already is if you care to have a look at its price on eBay…