Hey Nintendo! We like your stuff!
…Why do you keep taking it away from us?!
As originally reported by IGN, Nintendo is stopping production completely of NES Classics in North America. Yes, you heard that right. Nintendo, a business is stopping production of the NES Classic, an extremely popular item that stayed on shelves as long as it takes to blink. Nintendo is essentially making the choice to stop making money hand over fist.
Here’s some insulting words from Nintendo:
“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.”
Yep, Nintendo is basically saying “Thanks for liking this random product we probably thought wouldn’t sell well but made us a ton of money. We understand a lot more of you want this product, but go fuck yourselves!”. They’re denying customers a product that any other gaming company would happily provide if they had one selling as well as the NES Classic has been.
Once again, Nintendo proves that they could care less about their North American customers, hell all their customers outside of Japan. We’ve seen this countless times with the Amiibo market alone, but there are so many other things Nintendo has done in the last five years alone that is just insulting to their fanbase. Again, the constant Amiibo shortages, refusing to make more when a massive shipment disappears, the constant refusal to lower their game’s prices over time (Wii games still cost $40+) and the current ridiculous pricing of Nintendo Switch gear, such as the Pro controller and the plastic rectangle they call a dock. No matter how you slice it, Nintendo has made almost no effort whatsoever to show any sort of care towards their customers.
Particularly outside of Japan, it’s no secret to many that Japan gives zero fucks about anyone who isn’t Japanese. Japan tends to live almost like it’s in a bubble, anything outside of their island just doesn’t matter to them. There are many companies more than willing to completely exile the outside market, so long as they’re doing well domestically. There’s also a refusal to change, refusal to admit their wrong as we’ve seen specifically with Nintendo and its ridiculous battle again YouTube videos and Twitch streams.
How can anyone deny that this company on a consistent basis proves that it does not care about its international consumer base?! I’m sick and tired of fighting with Nintendo fanboys, fangirls and apologists, stop coming up with bullshit reasons for why they’re doing what they do and face the facts, the company does not care about its international market, so long as it’s making just enough to justify still sending anything out to that market. I guaran-fucking-tee you that if Nintendo sales were so abysmal outside of Japan, they wouldn’t fold, they’d just stay a smaller company and stay domestic only. Imagine that, a day where the next Zelda game, the next Mario, the next Metroid (if it ever happens), they would only be available in Japan. Nowhere else.
Now I know it’s unrelated to the console, but a story like this is giving me more fuel to commit to my decision to not buy a Nintendo Switch for at least 2 years after launch. In fact, a story like this just makes me think further about maybe just not buying a Nintendo Switch period. Is it extreme? Sure, but in my mind, why would I pay money for something when Nintendo could just as easily halt production on it, maybe pull back a few games from getting Western releases, things like that? The possibility is there.
I don’t have to play the new Zelda, I won’t lose sleep over it. I don’t have to play any game. Sometimes, morals mean more than fanaticism.