NES Classic Edition discontinued, Minecraft (Nintendo Switch version) release date announced

Minescraft Nintendo Switch version

Popular game developer Nintendo has reportedly decided to discontinue the NES Classic Edition console game. This comes across as a surprise as the plug-and-play console hit instant popularity as soon as it hit the markets that launched sometime last fall.
According to a recent report, a Nintendo representative confirmed the last shipments of the NES Classic Editions will not be available again and that they have decided to discontinue the console game this month. In other words, once the NES Classic Edition stock gets over, fans will no longer be able to buy any new or nor should they expect the same.

At the moment, only the retail stores in the NOA territories currently contain the much-sought-after Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for now. No other store at the moment consists of the NES Classic Edition system. Therefore, if buyers are interested in buying the system, it is advisable that they check with stores before heading out to buy it as there is a high possibility that the game may just run out of stock. Lately, it has been quite difficult for many consumers to find system due to this issue.

“NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product. However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans,” Nintendo said in a statement to IGN.

This has added to the disappointment of the fans as it was already difficult to obtain the NES Classic Edition, given the complicated shipment procedure.

Moreover, Nintendo has also decided to discontinue the NES Classic Controller, a peripheral that is sold separately and is compatible with both Wii and Wii U as well.

Separately, Nintendo has also reportedly announced the launch date for its Minecraft game for its Nintendo Switch console. The game is expected to arrive on May 11 digitally, with a physical version that will be hitting the stores on a later date, which is still unconfirmed.

The upcoming game is expected to come equipped with multi-player abilities wherein around four to eight players can game on the Switch through the split-screen facility and the support for the Switch Pro Controller.

Moreover, the Switch version is also expected to pack the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack. The latter was only available on Wii U at first. However, Nintendo has decided to extend the support on Switch as well. The Wii U version offered exciting Mario-themed skins, textures, music and much more.

Previously, Minecraft was confirmed for Nintendo Switch to be available in January. However, the date naturally got postponed and it appears like the game will finally be available in May.

Sometime earlier this week, tech giant Microsoft made an announcement, stating that a new marketplace is set to arrive on its much-hyped about Windows 10 along with the mobile versions of Minecraft later this year. However, what remains unclear is exactly how many PC features will be made available on the Switch version.

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