NES Classic Edition Will Be in Stock at Best Buy Next Week

Possibly your last chance before Christmas.

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Best Buy is the next store to confirm it will have more NES Classic Edition consoles in stock. You'll have your chance to pick one up next Tuesday.

As first reported by BGR, GameSpot has confirmed with the retailer that the hard-to-find system will be back in "limited quantities." A call to a local Best Buy yielded a pre-recorded message that first outlined upcoming store hours and then shared details on availability of the Classic Edition.

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It states the consoles will be sold in-store, but not on Best Buy's website. They'll be available on Tuesday, December 20, and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. "Just like on Black Friday, our stores will have a ticketing process for customers waiting in line," it says. "We will only pass out as many tickets as we have consoles and quantities will not be released over the phone."

GameStop also recently restocked the system in a somewhat similar fashion. Other retailers have taken alternative approaches to selling their allotments. ThinkGeek randomly selected people with one on their wishlist and offered them 24 hours to buy the console. Amazon, meanwhile, has diverted some of its stock to its physical storefronts and Prime Now locations.

We learned this week that the Classic Edition sold 196,000 systems in the US during November. That's a huge figure, but one that could have been much higher if Nintendo were able to meet consumer demand. A resale market for the system emerged immediately at launch, when the $60 box began being sold for upwards of $200 on eBay.

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This is the mentality of Nintendo for 30 years: Increase hype by constricting supply.

SMB2, SMB3, Wii, NES Classic, and Switch when it comes out most assuredly.

The NES Classic is an emulator in a plastic case. Cheap and easy to produce in mass quantities.

It's 2016 but Nintendo wants to operate like it's still 1986. For them to change course operationally, to them, is a fate worse than death (irrelevancy).

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False shortages like this has built Nintendo a reputation of a scam gaming company. This may just be a cry for attention after they became irrelevant with the wii-u disaster.

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Initially I was excited, although the game selection does leave to be desired. But then the shortage, and now NES classic this, nes classic that....I am done.

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I will never pay one cent over the retail price, and anyone who does is an idiot. I will wait and wait and wait some more. Don't pay the jackass chump price. Wait them out and show Nintendo how stupid it was to manufacture demand like this.

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I just don't get the appeal. If you really want to play the old games you easily download an emulator to play them. If you don't like downloading games you can just buy them on a wii or wii u. It's really not that special.

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@mirage_so3:

Some folks actually like collecting game consoles and having an authentic experience with the product developed by the actual developer, Nintendo. For me, a main part of the experience includes my ownership and purchase, and this principle applies to my music collection as well, though I can find all the music I enjoy for "free" online. Not everyone who wants an NES Classic owns a Wii or Wii U either. Besides, the cost of downloading this number of games on the virtual console would exceed the cost of the NES Classic by some margin, and you don't get the unique presentation found in the NES Classic.

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I can wait till next year when the craze is over and these stores will have too many in stock. Right now I'll just enjoy my PS4 and X1 with all these games that have been released

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Just further proof that Nintendo isn't business savvy at all.

The first great idea they've had in almost 20 years and they fucked it up.

These things should be stocked everywhere right now and if they were, this would be the go-to stocking stuffer for Christmas.

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@frank_castle: Who would have ever thought that this thing would prove so popular? It really has no reason to be, all these games are readily available a dozen times over. It would be a different story if this was the only way to play these games.

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@Sepewrath: Simple...nostalgia. 80's kids who grew up with the NES like me.

Playing an emulator just isn't the same. And tracking down an old NES, those 30 games, controllers and a shitty antiquated CRT TV would cost hundreds, if not over a grand.

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I was going to get my wife and brother-in-law an NES classic for Christmas. Instead, I'm building a pair of Emulation Station consoles with a Raspberry Pi instead. Well done, Nintendo.

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@bforrester420: If you wanted one so badly, you could have gotten one. Lots of people act as if they were so desperate for one, but didn't seem to care until they were out of stock.

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@Sepewrath: I had no desire to camp out at stores in my area. I don't want one for myself; I have other people asking for them as gifts. By the time I knew my BIL wanted one, for example, it was already hyped through the roof and unavailable at stores.

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Retro games suck, the only reason we played them was because there was nothing better.

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@jtmellon: Not true. I still play some NES games...the original Zelda still holds up. Super Mario World on SNES is still one of the greatest games.

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Correction you had your chance until Gamespot opened it's big mouth.

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Not worth all the trouble, I will wait for all the hoopla to die down. Nintendo knew all the long this was going to happen.

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Personally, I'd rather pay $60 for a Wii U disk of the 30 games included in this package than for the mini-system. Next year this system will be available for $30-$40 just like all the Atari/Sega/Intellivision retro systems that don't move of the shelf. I was really tempted to get a retro Atari system this year, as they are now making one with Solaris on it.

However, I've been disappointed with nearly every retro game I've ever played. They just don't live up to the memory of playing those games back in the day. With all the high def make-overs from the 360/PS3 to XB1/PS4, how hard could it be to update these retro games? The games don't need 1080p/60fps graphics, just something that's a little more pleasing to the eye, that fits properly on today's HDTV screens.

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The reason for these consoles is nostalgia. To play a game exactly as it was remembered. They could do a high definition remake of Super Mario Bros, but that would defeat the purpose. The reason this system looks like an NES and plays like an NES is so you can remember what it was like to have an NES. I believe all these games are available on the Virtual Console for Wii U too, so if you don't want an NES classic then just purchase the NES games there.


Those Atari and Sega Genesis consoles really aren't as quality as this, and they, also, don't have the same amount of brand recognition as Nintendo does. I'm sure that after a couple months this will no longer be flying of the shelves, but it will be selling much better than the Sega Genesis or Atari systems that complement it.

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So lightweight me would have to camp out 12+ hours in freezing minnesota weather to get one of these. No thanks. What's especially sad is the cord length of the controller; when I heard it, I thought it was a joke but nope they expect you to play 2 feet away from the TV screen/no thanks again.

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@Metallicwolf29: It's true they have stores, schools and even a trash truck.

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Talk to me when they make a mini snes

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if it's not red and white it's not classic.

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@jyml8582: Are you talking about the redesigned top loader. That one was red and white.

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@jyml8582: The NES was never produced in red and white. You're thinking of the Famicom, which is available thataway.

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@jyml8582: Famicon?

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Does anyone know if their strategy even works: Inflating demand by decreasing supply? I was really interested in these when they were first announced; who wouldn't be it's a relatively cheap novelty item that could actually be a pretty cool experience. Now that I've tried to get one twice, and my consume impulse has subsided, well thats it. They missed the opportunity to sell me one.

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So considering everything was sold out the entire month of November, is it safe to say they only released about 200,000 of these units in the US? That seems extremely low. Which I guess is supported by the fact that hardly anyone was able to get one, and everyone that wants one is STILL scrambling to get one. Ill just wait a few months and see if they are easier to find.

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Most people in the line will be scalpers not people that want to play it

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Screw it..........this thing is so over hyped. I will pick one up come February when they are as common in Walmart as bananas.

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@inkman66: A better term would have been something like: as common in Walmart as people in pajamas.

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So did Nintendo just say screw it with the extra controllers? They probably take a fraction of the time to produce. They should be pumping way more of those out.

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@WhoIsTheDrizzle: Yeah, no problem getting one of those :)

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@WhoIsTheDrizzle: The controller included sucks, it's only 3ft long :(

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@WhoIsTheDrizzle: Thats actually what im upset about. I dont even want a classic console, i just wanted the controller to play NES games on my Wii U.

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Scalpers that stand a chance of making $200 off the console are way more likely to be fist in line and snatch them up.

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As much as Id love to have the Nes Classic around the holidays, I have zero interest waiting on line or rushing out to a store early as hell. It's in high demand mainly because it's hard to get, not because it's something people NEED to have. I will wait for the product to become available on Amazon since that's generally a painless experience.

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@uncha1n3d: I never would camp out for an item of that caliber. I would laugh if there is suddenly a flood of them available and then the scalpers would be out of commission and also if nobody buys one to punish Nintendo.

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@uncha1n3d: Yup 100%. At my store last week people started camping out an hour before we closed thanks to the local news announcing we would have them in-stock; at least 30 people waited over night in mid-20°F weather for 9 hours.

Everytime someone asks about it now I just tell them there will be plenty to go around in February.

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@uncha1n3d: Amen, well said.

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Nintendo will take pennies from people on YouTube but they can't produce enough of a product people are begging for that would generate a crap ton of money for them. I guess pinching pennies for nothing makes more sense to them than making hundreds of millions by actually producing enough quantities of something people want. They're so afraid of overproducing something they constantly under-produce their merchandise significantly.

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