During an interview with Time Magazine, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé revealed that the NES Classic has sold 2.3 million units. With the sales so high, fans have been wondering why, exactly, production of the mini machine has ceased. It turns out the product has been discontinued not because of lack of success, but because Nintendo realizes the focus needs to be on the future.

“We had originally planned for this to be a product for last holiday,” Fils-Aimé told Time. “We just didn’t anticipate how incredible the response would be. Once we saw that response, we added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could to meet more of that consumer demand.”

Now that the top priority is to pump out Switch after Switch, it’s understandable why production of the NES Classic had to be halted. Still, we’re hoping these strong sales numbers will result in more Classic Editions in the future!


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