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RIP NES Mini, we hardly knew ye. Nintendo has now officially pulled the plug on its beloved retro micro-console in Europe, as well as North America and Japan.

This baffling move by has had many shaking their heads, considering the incredibly high demand for the NES Mini from consumers.

Check out the gameplay trailer for the mini NES that got people so excited to get their hands on the coveted console:

Nintendo launched the shrunk-down version of the classic NES console late last year and it immediately sold out worldwide. The retro gaming device plugged into the TV and came ready to play with 30 preloaded classic games. Compact and jammed full of nostalgia for classic gaming culture, it was the perfect Christmas gift.

Demand was so high that despite extra shipments arriving in the run up to the holidays, the NES Mini remained frustratingly hard to get hold of throughout.

Nintendo then promised a post-Christmas refill of stock, but never produced a significant amount of units to meet consumer demands.

Nintendo Has Officially Stopped Producing The Mini NES, But Why?

[Credit: Nintendo]
[Credit: Nintendo]

The current scarcity of mini NES units means that their resale value on sites like eBay has skyrocketed to up to five times its original retail price. That's way more than you'd get trying to sell an original NES.

Nintendo has responded to people's bafflement by stating that the NES mini was never intended to be a longterm product. But they did offer a sliver of hope, saying that if production resumes in the future, they would advertise it on their official site.

More like WHY NINTENDO?! [Credit: Nintendo]
More like WHY NINTENDO?! [Credit: Nintendo]

One wonders what exactly has motivated Nintendo to slaughter such an obvious cash cow. Unless the company simply hates money, they must have something up their sleeve. It could simply be that they want to focus on the Switch, their best-selling console to date. Perhaps retro Nintendo games will soon be available to download and play on the Switch?

But there's also the possibility that other retro micro-consoles are on the horizon, and keeping the supply short for the NES mini would ensure that collectors rush to snap up similar limited edition releases by Nintendo (mini SNES, anyone?) in the future. If this is the case, then keeping consumers hungry might be a cunning, if cruel, marketing move on Nintendo's behalf.

Did you manage to get your hands on a mini NES?


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