Nintendo Explain Why The NES Mini Was Canned

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé has explained why the company shut down production of the incredibly popular Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, or NES Mini to you and me. The short answer is: They’re very busy with Switch, buy that instead.

“We had originally planned for this to be a product for last holiday,” Fils-Aimé told TIME. “We just didn’t anticipate how incredible the response would be. Once we saw that response, we added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could to meet more of that consumer demand.”

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“But from our perspective, it’s important to recognise where our future is,” he added, “And the key areas that we need to drive. We’ve got a lot going on right now and we don’t have unlimited resources.”

Nintendo ended up shipping 2.3 million NES Minis and there have been rumours of a SNES Mini for this Christmas.

Source: Time

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9 Comments

  1. Kind of embarrassing that they’ve had to stop their decades old console because it was outselling their new one.

    • I was going to say fair enough to Reggie, but when you put it like that! At least the Switch is doing well now, I still can’t believe they’ve sold more copies of Zelda than they have consoles, there’s demand right there.

      • I have Zelda but no Switch yet, haha! I wanted to secure the Collectors Edition…intend on getting my Switch ordered at the end of the month :)

      • Pretty difficult for the Switch to compete when it wasn’t even out…

  2. Ye…no. I call bullshit on it. They knew how popular the NES was and by doing a mini-version, they knew it would sell well. It does not help that Nintendo loves to artifically raise demand by barely supplying places with decent amounts of units.

    Here’s a tip, Ninty: There is a huge demand. Meet it, make tons of cash and people will be happy with their NES-Mini instead of Ebay being the most reliable source of NES Minis. If Ebay is more reliable for a product that was offically released not even a year ago, then that is some serious BS. They’ll do the same with the SNES mini.

    Oh and you know what Nintendo could do to solve the mini outselling the Switch? PUT THE MINI GAMES ON THE SWITCH! Shove the 30 on as preinstalled ones and guess what? People may actually buy it. Instead of the pitiful selection that the Switch has. There’s Zelda, Mario Kart 8(A remaster at full ducking price), a “Shaving is fun.” SHAVING IS NOT FUN! IT WILL NEVER BE FUN AND I WILL SLAP YOU WITH A FISH FOR MAKING IT INTO A GAME! IT IS DULL! IT USUALLY IS A BATTLE FOR THOSE WITH THICK FACIAL HAIR! *takes a breath* game. And erm….

    that’s it. Off the top of my head. Probably missed one or two out but still quite a lacklustre lineup in terms of selection. Sure, Zelda and Mario are there but it’s always there. Get some REsident Evil remakes on there, get some overlooked ports on the Wii U on to the switch due to Switch being a clearer console instead of the Tablet, wait, no, it’s a console but the controller is a tablet, Wii U.

    Just use the backlibrary, Nintendo. You have 3 decades of games at your disposal. Use them!

    Kinda went on a bit of a rant there. If TSA goes down, it may be because I criticised Nintendo. :P

    But yeah, a bigger selection on the Switch would be nice.

    Oh and use a longer cable with the SNES mini!

    • “Instead of the pitiful selection that the Switch has”

      You only have to look at the PS4/X1 libraries for the first few months to know that quantity =/= quality.

      The Switch has been on the market for less than 2 months and already has two games with a 90+ score on Metacritic, one of which is absolutely huge and will take the average player 60+ hours to finish.

      Virtual Console IS coming to the Switch, but there is simply no rush for it yet. Nintendo has clearly learned from the Wii/Wii-U and are pacing themselves, releasing a steady stream of good stuff instead of pushing everything out in one go and then having people bitch for 11 months of the year that they have nothing to play.

      Nintendo make some dumb decisions (you only have to look at the ‘new’ 2DS XL from last week to see that), but I think they are doing a great job with the Switch so far and don’t why people want them to push all their big name titles out in one go.

      • True and that seems to be always an issue. Just have 10 as the standard and most people(including myself) would be happy though with the PS4 and X1, they did something Ninty has yet to do. They used( i think) their backlibraries, got a ton of digitial titles to pad it out.

        Nintendo should have had it up and running at launch and ensure that most of the year is covered. It’s a portable console, perfect for retro games due to how games have envolved. Mario on the bus? Yes. Mario on teh train? Yes! Mario doing porn with Princess Peach on the bus and train? That could get you arrested but sure.

        The 1-2 whatever it called was easily the biggest mistake they made. The 2DSXL was just badly timed. Though, the fact that they are even paying attention to the other portable console is quite surprisng as i’ve not heard anything about the 3DS for a long time.

      • https://www.destructoid.com/1-2-switch-is-nearing-1-million-units-shipped-super-bomberman-r-has-surpassed-500k-433420.phtml

        1-2 Switch has shifted over a million units. It might not be a good game but its definitely wasn’t a “mistake”.

        A fully fleshed out retro library would, of course, have been awesome at launch but it makes sense for Nintendo to bring it out when its going to make the most impact. Zelda would have over-shadowed it in March, MK8 would have over-shadowed it in April/May, ARMS is in June, Splatoon2 is in July so, in my opinion, launching it August/September would make the most sense, perhaps alongside the premium online service.

  3. LOL

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