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The Nintendo Mini NES Classic Edition made a surprise return and gamers surprising still wanted a unit of their own. The demand for it has been so high that some aspiring buyer found it difficult to get one from retail outlets.

Now, it seems most will have to widen their area of scope to get hold of a Nintendo Mini NES Classic Edition game console. A Nintendo spokesman alleges that the last shipments of the Nintendo Entertainment System will be made this April in NOA territories, IGN reported.

Big blow to aspiring Nintendo Mini NES Classic edition buyers

The recent update will be a big blow for folks who have yet to get hold of a Nintendo Mini NES Classic Edition. Most have found it hard to get one and ending production indicates that buying one may well be out of reach.

Folks in Australia have been plying retail outlets to get the Nintendo Mini NES Classic for quite some time now. Most have run out of stock for quite some time and chances of seeing them re-stocked could be low.

Attention shifts to Mini Super Nintendo Entertainment System

Nintendo did admit that the Nintendo Mini NES Classic Edition received tremendous attention so pulling the plug comes a bit of a surprise. However, most may have forgotten that the resurrection of the famed 1986 game console was expected to be done on a limited basis.

Also, the company may have pulled the plug on the Nintendo Mini NES Classic Edition to focus on a different game console – the mini SNES. Hence, it may all be an upgrade in a sense, much of which was covered in a separate post. That report suggested that the mini SNES could come out before Christmas.

Tying up both developments, folks who have been dying to get the Nintendo Mini NES Classic may as well look forward to the mini SNES. And this time around, the Japanese company may want to factor in some numbers and produce larger volumes of the game console to avoid supply shortages.

What pre-installed games will be included on Mini SNES?

As of this writing, there is no word yet on what games would be included in the mini SNES. The Nintendo Mini NES Classic Edition did come out with 30 games that included “Donkey Kong,” “Legend of Zelda” and “Super Mario Bros.”

Some of these old favourite game titles could return plus more for the SNES Classic Edition. Among the popular game titles tied up to it include “Super Mario World,” “Yoshi’s Island” and “Super Metroid.” According to BGR, Nintendo has yet to confirm (or deny) these reports though it seems like a sensible explanation on why Nintendo pulled the plug on the hard-to-find Nintendo Mini NES Classic edition.