Stocks of Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Minis are no longer being replenished in North America. Whether the decision also applies to stocks in Europe is still unknown.
The CEO of Nintendo’s North American branch, Reggie Fils-Aime, told The Hollywood Reporter that with the current consoles Nintendo’s classic lineup is complete, which is a reference to previous statements that no N64 Classic Mini is planned.
“We’ve been clear that, at least from the US perspective, the products will be available during the holiday season and if they’re sold out, they’ll stay sold out,” emphasizes Fils-Aime. The way consumers can enjoy classic games, according to the CEO, is the Nintendo Switch Online service, which recently added Ninja Gaiden, Wario’s Woods and Adventures of Lolo, for example. Now that Nintendo sees that service as the primary channel for classic games, it seems unlikely that there will be any more Classic Mini systems.
The NES Classic Mini first released on November 11, 2016, and the SNES version a year later, on September 29, 2017. Both mini consoles were limited in stock, quickly selling out. With the NES Classic Mini it took more than a year before the console was available again.