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Why Nintendo Killed the NES Classic

Last updated on May 11th, 2017 at 01:50 pm EST

Nintendo NES Classic was born in November 2016 and killed in April 2017, a life span of just six months. Even the worst of products are not killed in six months, forget something as popular as the NES Classic.

The $60 console let you play 30 NES games which you would have surely enjoyed as a kid. The NES Classic was out of stock in stores and online ever since it was released, and Nintendo knew about it but they did nothing to fix it. People who are desperate to buy it are paying scalpers four times the price on eBay and Craigslist.

Nes Classic

The question on everyone’s mind is why Nintendo killed the NES Classic? A few peeps say they misjudged the demand, some say it was because of licensing issues and some say it’s because NES Classic was hacked to run other games. Well, we would like to differ.

As per us, this was a planned move by Nintendo. Nintendo discontinued the Wii U in November 2016 and the Switch was supposed to be released in March 2017. Nintendo Switch was announced in October 2016, and obviously people stopped buying the Nintendo Wii U. Perfect time to release a console to bring out the nostalgia in people, and the NES Classic was released.

Once Nintendo Switch was released and nostalgia for old school gaming set in, Nintendo discontinued the NES Classic. Why? Well, with the release of Nintendo Switch an online service for the Nintendo Switch was also announced. An important thing to note in the details of Nintendo Switch Online service is

Monthly game download

Subscribers will get to download and play a Nintendo Entertainment System™ (NES) or Super Nintendo Entertainment System™ (Super NES) game (with newly-added online play) for free for a month.

You as a subscriber will be able to play a NES or SNES game for free for a month, and then? Yes, your guess is as good as mine, pay for it. There you have it guys, Nintendo plans to sell NES and SNES games on eStore for Nintendo Switch.