Report: That’s it for the Nintendo Classic NES Mini in Australia (Update: Confirmed)


Update: Nintendo Australia has confirmed to Vooks that the NES Mini has also been discontinued in Australia. 

We can confirm that we are no longer manufacturing the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System. If production resumes in the future, an update will be posted on the official Nintendo website.

Original Story: Last week when Australian retailers got a restock of the NES Mini we warned you that it might be the last one and turns out it probably is.

We’ve now spoken to multiple trustworthy sources and have been able to confirm that stores have been told there will be no more NES Mini stock to order and to stop taking orders / pre-orders for them if they were doing so. This might change in the future, but at the moment Nintendo won’t be shipping any more.

Does this mean the NES Mini is discontinued? It might, but we haven’t heard conclusive news about this and this could just be for Australia. We’ll keep an ear to the ground for more news on this. The short of it is, if you’re after a NES Mini buy one at a store before the scalpers return.

We’ve contacted Nintendo Australia for comment but did not receive a reply in time for publishing.

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  • Adam
    April 10, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Good that Nintendo will make more Switches instead.

  • Graeme Adamson
    April 10, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Maybe we can expect the Switch Virtual Console, then?
    Hmm? Nintendo?

  • April 10, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Pretty disgusting considering the, what I reasonably describe, extreme effort put into by myself to get one. I juggle two jobs but even then was ready 12pm when EB had their first sale. I’ve missed out -every- release since. Unfair and what a waste of time. I even remember getting one in my cart when Target had them in December only to have the sever crash before taking payment.

    • Anthony
      April 11, 2017 at 8:40 am

      They have some in stock at EB games.

      I hope you get one.

    • Laura
      April 11, 2017 at 11:55 am

      I agree, the rollout was really rough, but it looks like you can get them online from EB games right now (with the extra controller). They went online last night and are still in stock online. Also, I think Big W apparently have some, but I didn’t buy mine from there.

  • Danny
    April 10, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Good riddance. The sales strategy for it was a big FU to everyone and well done to all 11 who managed to purchase one.

  • Oliver Phommavanh
    April 14, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Good. Least mine now will go up in value hehe.

  • Mr Retail
    April 14, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    It is not only limited to Australia as North America has also confirmation of the console being discontinued.

    I work in a large retail chain and can confirm that this is indeed true.
    A few weeks ago I was handed several sheets of papers regarding the NES Classic and its future, what I was told was that only 60 specially selected stores were to receive stock, some stores of which would receive in excess of 50 unit (consoles) and significantly less controllers however all efforts were made to bring them to our customers. There was a limit of 1 per customer and perhaps in an effort to not create any mass hysteria they were not advertised in any official advertisements.

    There seems to be a lot out there in the wild so I can imagine most of you will end up taking one home in the next few days or so… that is if you haven’t already.

    Best of luck to those of which have not been able to procure one as of yet.

  • Ben
    April 15, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    I love Nintendo but sometimes they do my head in.

  • Mr Retail
    April 19, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Retailer staff actually hate the Nintendo NES Classic mini because they spend most of their valuable time answering phone calls from random people trying to get one and worse yet manufacturing some obviously fake story to try get themselves several so they can then sell them on ebay 5x above cost price.
    Not all retail staff are as stupid as they look and see through the lies of people, if you are one of these people then this is where persistence is not the key as it will only lower your chances of having any staff member on side and trying to help you out with anything now or in the future.

    I remember when they first came out one guy wanted to throw the nearby dvd racks in a fit of rage over it all as he lost his temper pretty quickly.

    Could it all have been handled better by Nintendo… absolutely!
    In the end I really hope that Nintendo see’s so much more success on the switch platform as it has loads of potential. The platforms future is actually looking much brighter than the others at this stage.

    From a retailers perspective buyers suck and often don’t get enough units particularly when it comes to Nintendo and the actual games. I am in constant communication with a Nintendo representative (heck of a nice guy) and its often not a problem on their end although in regards to the NES classic it was wildly more popular than what they had anticipated. I know that doesn’t seem good enough to most and I sympathise but I also have a strong hatred for the people that are buying several in order to profit which ultimately robs you (the legit fans) the opportunity as a consumer to purchase one.

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