The hot gift for the holidays won't make it to the summer. Nintendo has confirmed that the current shipment of NES Classic systems headed out to stores will be the last for the mini console.
Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year. We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologize. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.
Apparently the NES Classic was always intended to be a limited term product, and Nintendo extended it's life after the swell of consumer interest. But the mini console is still in short supply at retail, and the cessation of the product seems like a strange decision. They could be trying to push people towards the Switch (although I can't say with authority how many of these game are available on that platform's storefront), or may a new piece of bespoke, retro hardware is in the works at Big N?
Source - Polygon