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Why Nintendo may have stopped making the NES Classic Edition

This replica of the original Nintendo Entertainment System comes preloaded with 30 classic games. (Source: Nintendo)
This replica of the original Nintendo Entertainment System comes preloaded with 30 classic games. (Source: Nintendo)
The NES Classic was a great deal for consumers, but Nintendo may have realized that it would be best to focus on the Switch for the moment and then produce an improved retro console experience down the line that could provide better long-term benefits.

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Nintendo’s decision to axe the NES Classic as the units were flying off the shelves into the waiting hands of eager fans seems to make little sense. Buyers are willing to pay ridiculous sums for the product, but Nintendo confirmed last week that they did not have plans to produce any more units.

This is not the result of the idiosyncratic nature of a Japanese corporation or a strategic blunder on Nintendo's part; this is a calculated business decision that was made with a long-term vision in mind. Let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Nintendo doesn’t know what it’s doing. They know exactly what they’re doing. At least, we hope so.

As sad as the NES Classic’s discontinuation is for retro fans, that console just won't give Nintendo the same amount of flexibility to monetize content down the line. You get 30 games with the console, and there's no way to legally acquire more. Nintendo doesn’t want too many fans to get the NES Classic because it’s too good of an opportunity for consumers and not enough in it for Nintendo.

The Switch, which was released at the beginning of March, is their current focus and Nintendo didn’t want their golden goose to be overshadowed by a cheap retro console. Unlike the NES Classic, the Switch has significantly more long-term monetization potential that will be instrumental in reversing those quarterly losses Nintendo has been suffering for years.

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Isaac Brown, 2017-04-17 (Update: 2017-04-18)
Isaac Brown
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I joined Notebookcheck at the end of 2016 after being a dedicated reader of the website for the past six years, occasionally tuning out various lecturers to read reviews of the latest gaming and business laptops. As a writer and tech enthusiast, I focus mostly on smartphones, the latest trending gadgets like VR headsets, and the businesses that create it all. When I’m not admiring the latest graphics cards, I write short fiction and arrange for a cappella.