Nintendo UK has responded to our query about production concerns surrounding the NES Classic Mini, stating that the highly-sought after retro console is still in production and that it will continue to be stocked at retail.
"Regarding NES Classic Mini, production continues, and Nintendo of Europe will continue to ship units to retail on a regular basis," a Nintendo spokesperson told MCV.
The news comes after a report on Tuesday from a Norweigan retailer claiming that it would be receiving its final NES Classic Mini shipment from its distributors in either March or April.
As reported by Nintendo Life, retailer Spillajappa posted on Facebook to say that Norwegian Nintendo distributor Bergala had told the company that while some NES Classic Mini stock would eventually arrive in March or April, any stock that did make its way to the retailer would be the last and final batch it received.
"Now it’s official. The NES Classic has expired from the range from Nintendo importer Bergsala AB," the Facebook post reads, as translated and edited by Nintendo Life.
"This is tragic for us and our customers as they do not want to fully deliver the order we added in July 2016. It comes to deliveries in March and April, and then there is the end. We will contact everyone who stands in line with us and those who put them in the queue last will get the sad news on the email first.
"We will still follow the queue, of course those who stand first at any given time will get delivered first…Nevertheless, we have it in writing from Bergsala AB. See Elkjop [another major retailer] and several already have put the product as out of date."
If true, the news will no doubt come as a huge disappointment to retro and Nintendo enthusiasts alike. Indeed, the console has been out of stock in the UK for months. GAME has removed the item from its website, Amazon only lists third party resellers, and other retailers such as GameSeek, Argos and Tesco all list it as out of stock. Even the official Nintendo UK Store doesn’t have any units.
Nintendo has spoken about the NES Classic Mini’s production troubles on several occasions, with president Kimishima stating only last week in its investor Q&A that Nintendo was "working to increase production." Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime also said last month that while demand was "greater than we anticipated," more stock was going into retail channels "every day."
So far, the miniature retro console has sold 1.5m units worldwide, a number which would no doubt be higher had Nintendo been able to satisfy consumer demand.