NES Classic Edition Releases Today; Quickly Sells Out, Now Going for $200+

Nintendo says more are on the way.

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Now Playing: All 30 Games in the NES Classic Edition

The much-anticipated NES Classic Edition, the $60 standalone system that lets you play 30 NES games on your TV, launches today. Unfortunately, that high anticipation likely means you won't be able to get your hands on one right away--at least not without ponying up some extra cash.

The system has shortcomings: a lack of internet connectivity, no way to expand the games lineup, and short cables (which can be addressed with third-party wireless controllers or extension cables). Despite all of this, the Classic Edition is a solid, affordable way to play NES games. Not only that, but as our review notes, the emulation seen with one is actually superior to that of the Virtual Console on Wii and Wii U.

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Whatever the specific reason, demand is incredibly high, and it's looked for months as if it could easily be the holiday season's best-selling console (albeit at a much lower cost than the PS4 or Xbox One). Unfortunately, as with Nintendo's previous smash-hits, like the Wii and Amiibo figures, that demand is outpacing supply, something the company acknowledged in a statement to GameSpot.

"The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system is a hot item, and we are working hard to keep up with consumer demand," a company spokesperson says. "There will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year. Please contact your local retailers to check product availability."

It might be encouraging to hear that more systems will be delivered before the end of the year, but there's no telling how long it will be before you're able to easily obtain one. (The same goes for extra controllers, though you can opt to use Wii Classic Controllers.)

That uncertainty has already created quite the resale market on places like Amazon and eBay: Hundreds of systems have already sold through the latter, many for more than $200. Listings on Amazon start at $250 as of this writing, with the vast majority in excess of $300. Mind you, we don't know if these Amazon listings are selling, but it's telling that none are available for less than that.

Like with Virtual Console, the Classic Edition offers save states for each game and multiple display modes. Manuals, however, are not included on the system itself; you'll instead scan a QR code that directs you to ones located online. You can see a full list of included games here.

For more on what to expect on the Classic Edition--whenever you might be able to get your hands on one--read our full review.

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Who need pokemon go when you have this...

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People are dumb, this will be resupply next week. It's not a limited edition or anything.

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I don't understand. People are paying nearly 500% more just because they're impatient? Sad.

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Perhaps this is why they are cutting the Wii U production to make more of these, winking smiley.

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There's no way I'd sell mine -- not even for $500.

I'm reboxing it and hooking it up to the kids' playroom TV befofe Xmas morning, and it'll be their first console (i.e., first non-shared).

The save interface works, but it's a bit convoluted. The factory reset is also way too easy to get to, IMO... But I suppose they'll learn the first time their long-running Zelda saves get wiped. (we've all been there...)

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I just don't get it...

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Have people never heard of emulators?

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@DEATHWlSH: Yes, but you can't replace the actual feel of playing a classic NES game with an old-school NES controller. I have hundreds of ROMs myself, and I would still buy this.

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@DEATHWlSH: I've had emulators and stacks of ROMs for years, but it's simply not the same vibe.

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Damn, I just wanted a few of those controllers. :(

I wanted to take them apart and use the pieces for my old NES controllers to revitalize them. Sad times. :(

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I went to two local Gamestops and sadly neither one had enough units for everyone in line so I went on ebay and found one for a decent price. I won't say how much it was but I can tell you I paid less that 200 dollars for it and the shipping was free.

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Currently outselling the Xbone in Japan by a 3000:1 margin lol

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@Moonco: thats kind of stupid, Im sure it out selling everyone right now given it just got released. console fanboyism is so 4 years ago.

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@zerohournow: It will never die as long as I'm around to keep the flames burning :-p

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@Moonco: well, its good to have a hobby i guess...

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Completely forgot about it! MUST HAVE

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I had the original in 1985 so I'm not in to much of a hurry to get it. Dishonored 2 came out today anyway so :)

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Not surprised. I've got PS2 and 360 games on my shelf that I haven't sold in years. My entire NES collection, on the other hand, was sold-for high prices at that-in just 3 months.

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If only Nintendo didn't squander away their valuable stock to every nobody dipshit with a Youtube channel for "review" there would be some for real buying customers.

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@howthegodzkill: More importantly, had they ramped up production in the first place, their stock PRICE would have jumped up.

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Lol, been a long time since we have heard a headline like this for Big N.

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@Triton: I called it the day it was announced, right here. ....and N dropped the ball on production again.

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Who would be stupid to pay those resale prices when the new stock is probably only a few weeks away!

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@mal123456: Or you can play all those games on everything for free

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Trying to keep up with demand? Did Nintendo really think every retailer only wanted 2-3 per store?

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@juiceair: Thousands of retailers with thousands of stores, plus all the online orders. Not to mention people have been trashing it since it's announcement for its short comings and complaining about Nintendo constantly. They have to pay attention to that to place orders and make the consoles. They can only do so much and have to make sure they can sell what they produce in a first run. There will be more since the demand is there and it's not a limited edition item. Be patient and don't pay resale price....

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I feel like a lot of people who are going to buy this are people who haven't played a video game in over a decade and just wanna feel nostalgic for a bit and then they won't touch it for another 10 years.

People who still actively play games probably own all the old games they want already on a 3DS or Wii U.

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@dominoodle: Actually, they do play their old games quite a bit, and a good number of them refuse to advance beyond the SNES. Simply put, they believe today's games are too complicated and see no reason to advance beyond the NES.

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Nintendo is likely to outsell whatever that new gimmicky dud they have lined up for release next year with this retro console. The irony of it all.

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Ahhh member metroid? Member rectangular controllers? That was fantastic!

Seriously though, screw Nintendo. They do this ALL the time.

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@Blade_Runner_07: i thought all they membered was star wars but i member

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I understand the appeal for this; nostalgia (and for scalpers), but I'm simply going to pass because I have the original hardware with said games, but I'd be interested in a Super Famicom version in the future (that is, if they make one). Another reason I'm passing up on this is because only 30 games? Something like this should have 100. If we indeed get an SNES Mini, I hope we get more than 30.

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Wow, for $200 you might as well just buy a Wii. Seriously, that way you can play not only NES games via the Virtual Console, but Wii, GCN, N64, SNES, Sega Master System, Genesis, and TG-16 games as well.

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: except nes classic games will look far sharper on your hdtv compared to the wii. that is a major difference and deal breaker unless you own a tube tele.

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: it just shows you how much of a rip off this is, even the $60 asking price is a rip off for what it is.

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@Star650: Nope. There are a lot of people out there who truly do prefer to play NES games and nothing else. My sister is the same way, but for SNES games.