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Nintendo clears rumour, NES Classic Mini production to continue

by Salil Tembe2017/02/16

One post on Neo-Gaf was enough to break all hell loose in a matter of hours. The post leaked incorrect information about a complete halt to Nintendo NES Classic mini gaming console. It is already difficult to grab hold of the console in question but it just got even harder for Nordic countries. Fortunately, Nintendo did take notice of the information that is making rounds on the internet and responded with good news.

Nintendo distributor causes confusion

SpillsJappa, a retailer in Europe got an email from Nintendo’s Nordic distributor Bergsala AB saying that they will be receiving only a couple more shipments of the Nintendo NES Classic Mini. The email even said that the production for the concerned console would halt completely.

Nes classic mini

SpillsJappa sent an email and informed their customers that their pre-order might be cancelled because of a production halt. Some customers had pre-ordered the console as early as July 2016 and are still waiting to get the console delivered. A piece of news like this is bound to disappoint a lot of Nintendo fans who have been waiting for such a long time to receive their console. SpillsJappa made sure to post this information publicly on their official page.

Rumours shut down by UK rep

A Nintendo UK representative has clarified all the rumours in circulation. In a statement given to TechRadar, he stated,

“Production for the Nintendo Classic Mini: NES continues, and NOE [Nintendo of Europe] will continue to ship units to retail on a regular basis”.

This clarification should be a huge relief for all the Nintendo fans who went into panic mode. Luckily, you no longer need to think about placing inflated bids on eBay for the console. All you have to do is sit tight and wait until they ship your pre-order.

Fans speculate reasoning for NES Classic mini shortage

Reddit user stayfreshguaranteed speculated that this move could be Nintendo’s intention to bring out a NES Classic Mini 2 to combat hacking. Furthermore, he continued saying that Nintendo might even be thinking of emulating the Classic console in their new Switch. Nevertheless, hacking and piracy has been a major issue with the Classic mini. So, both the theories have a good chance of playing out in near future.

Those who follow Nintendo closely would immediately spot the contradiction.

“In November last year, we brought back the nostalgic Famicom and NES home consoles in palm-sized versions and shipped the entire quantity of Nintendo Classic Mini Family Computer units we initially prepared for each market.  We apologize to our consumers and retail partners for the inconvenience caused by product shortages. Some parts require time to produce, but we are working to increase production.”

DIY Replacement for the NES Classic Mini

Raspberry pi 3 NES Classic mini

The Nintendo NES Classic Mini has always suffered a shortage of supply. Correspondingly, a complete production freeze was a shocker for all whilst the rumour lasted. Considering a situation where the NES Classic Mini did face a production halt, it would have risen back from the dead. Raspberry Pi, a popular single board computer is already capable of running all the NES Classic games. For under £50 you would have all the NES games running on your DIY console.

On the brighter side, Nintendo is all set to bring the true offline multiplayer capabilities back to the future. The Nintendo Switch will support 2-player multiplayer on a single device right out of the box. Furthermore, the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe already lets you hook 8 consoles at an instance. The Splatoon 2 preview also launched this week, it will let you dock 10 consoles together over ethernet!

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Salil Tembe

Salil is an electronics engineer who has a passion for expressing his love for technology through writing. He firmly stands for open sourcing everything that makes our lives better.

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