Classics always find their way back into popularity, and Nintendo's NES Classic Edition from 1985 is a perfect example. The video game console was re-released last Friday, and people have experienced a tough time trying to get their hands on one after selling out within minutes at U.S. retailers.
The nostalgic gaming console is essentially a miniature version of their old-school Nintendo Entertainment System and is pre-loaded with 30 different games like Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Pac-Man, and more. The console is also paired with its classic miniature controller and an HDMI cord that is a little on the short side if you are wanting to comfortably play from your couch.
The console's current retail price is $60, which means its 30 games are practically free.
Stores like Best Buy, Target, and Gamestop, which are usually fully equipped to sell popular items like the NES Classic Edition, are completely sold out, with no word on when they plan to restock. The only hope those buyers have right now is to add themselves to a pretty lengthy waiting list for purchase.
The best option for scoring Nintendo's NES Classic Edition is through third-party sellers like Gameinstock.com and Players Choice Videogames, which are offering the NES Classic Edition between $200 to $250. Craigslist and eBay sellers are offering the consoles for purchase at this moment, and a lot of sellers offer free shipping to make up for the steep after-market raise in price point.
Amazon has third-party sellers too, who are selling the gaming console as steep as $400. Granted, it isn't the original bargain price, but if patience is not your favorable virtue, this seems to be the quickest way to get yourself a new toy with free shipping probably thrown in for pity.
Ebay is a great option for the fastest and lowest price point. The online resale shop has been selling NES Classics every minute and 23 seconds, according to Polygon, and they're selling as low as $143.
"Ebay is the destination for hard-to-find consoles, from the rare and vintage variety, to hot trending options, like the Nintendo NES Classic Edition," Jay Hanson, vice president of North American merchandising at eBay said.
Craigslist might be in your favor as another option for instant gratification. The majority of sellers are willing to meet in person to complete the trade deal. Chances of finding an NES Classic Edition in your neighborhood might be slim, but it is worth a shot. Prices for the gaming console on Craigslist range from $175 to $500.
Walmart recently announced on Facebook it will be selling the NES Classic Edition every day until Nov. 18 for one hour starting at 5pm EST. However, Walmart’s site crashed every day this week when the new stock went on sale and sold out in less than a minute due to the high demand.
Even though Nintendo was shortsighted in not properly preparing for a huge sell-out, there is positive news. According to the Wall Street Journal, a spokeswoman for Nintendo said there "will be a steady flow of additional systems" on its website and for other retailers moving through the holiday season and early next year.
To get an NES Classic Edition right now, one will have to take one for the team in paying the price and check out third-party sellers on eBay or Amazon. There is currently no word on when the restock day will come for Nintendo, but it can be assumed these will be sold at the same price tag from the first release of $60.So if you are patient enough to wait around for the convenience of purchasing the NES Classic Edition, you will save yourself a chunk of extra money to spend on holiday gifts. If you are not, you definitely have the right to flaunt your new NES Classic Edition.
Here's the full list of games that will be available:
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Dr. Mario
- Final Fantasy
- Ghosts' N Ghoblins
- Ice Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby's Adventure
- Mario Bros.
- Mega Man 2
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- SUPER C
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- The Legend of Zelda
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link