This Is Why Nintendo Discontinued The NES Classic Edition

Nintendo formally announced it will discontinue the NES Classic Edition in the West, a decision already prompting dismay and vexation across the internet and gaming enthusiast landscape. Nintendo’s reasoning is that the company already shipped more NES Classics than it ever intended to, and for a limited-run product that should be enough. The explanation would probably be seen as reasonable, were it not for the subtle messaging of the limited run and the field day scalpers had with the device. This often occurs with Nintendo’s collectible amiibo figures as well, so understandably, tensions are high.

Like it or not, the discontinuation of the NES Classic is a strategic move, and had more thought and calculation behind it than most internet hot-takes have considered. Nintendo is a business, one that has endured for over 120 years. That’s not to say it can do no wrong, but the notion that it doesn’t comprehend the simple premise of more NES Classics sold equaling more money (and that enlightened web responders will reveal the path toward untold riches) is a preposterous one. If this decision doesn’t at least forecast net benefits for Nintendo, then you can be sure the company wouldn’t have reached it

So what counts as a benefit? Well, there’s the financial perspective, and as we all know Nintendo loves to peddle its classic games ad nauseam. It’s not so much that NES games in particular are going to be cash cows on Switch’s Virtual Console come holiday season, but rather Switch itself. As many have speculated (and I believe to be true), the Switch’s March 3rd release was something of a “soft launch.” It enabled Nintendo to use Breath of the Wild as a launch title, get the system out the door, and because of this singular, monumental launch title, shift an impressive volume of units in advance of the holidays.

It’s also worth keeping in mind that NES Classic featured about 30 NES games. Should Nintendo decide, a future edition could be revived at any time with say 60 games, again as a limited edition (or if Switch is by-then deeply established, in more generous quantity). There may also be an SNES Classic someday, or any other permutation of nostalgia and classic games Nintendo decides to muster.

Source – Gamerevolution

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