If you’ve been on a nostalgia kick for older games recently or want a miniconsole inside your TV stand for long-term gaming fun, your options are about to become quite a bit more limited. According to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, this holiday is your last real chance to grab either the NES or SNES Classics.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Fils-Aime talked a bit about the two products and what Nintendo’s future plans are further consoles in the same ilk.
“We worked very hard, both for the NES Classic and the SNES Classic, to really have the best games that defined that generation,” Fils-Aime told the outlet. “We’ve said that the current systems are the extent of our classic program. We’ve also been clear that, at least from an Americas perspective, these products are going to be available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they’re gone. And that’s it.”
The wording is pretty unambiguous, Nintendo isn’t going to be producing more of their NES and SNES Classic units, so the ones remaining on store shelves are all that’s left. Outside of paying likely exorbitant prices for used versions from individual sellers, this is it.
From Fils-Aime’s comments, it implies that Nintendo might be done with classic consoles as a whole, this is surprising as there’s still materials left unmined in their back catalog. The Nintendo executive was pretty clear, though, that they plan to be putting all their old game focus on the Switch.
“The way that consumers will be able to continue participating with our classic content is going to be through Nintendo Switch Online, and we just released three new games from the NES generation onto that platform. We look at that as the main way that consumers will be able to experience that legacy content,” Fils-Aime said.
The statement is direct, but also doesn’t directly say there won’t be a Nintendo 64 Classic. It also seems to imply that Nintendo is open to putting SNES games on the Switch as part of their Nintendo Switch Online program, which currently has NES games and added a few more this month.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]