The excitement and nostalgia surrounding the NES Classic Edition, which will include 30 NES games that helped make the system a huge success in the ’80s, was palpable when it was first announced in mid-July. And Nintendo and the businesses selling it are prepared to handle the overwhelming traffic and interest in the units.
Online retailers and physical stores are enacting different tactics so that they can keep up with demand. Best Buy, Target, and GameStop will only allow you to pick up the NES Classic Edition in stores. Amazon will start to sell “very limited quantities” of the product at 5pm ET and doesn’t expect the NES Classic Edition to stay in stock for very long. Multiple eBay listings for the NES Classic Edition are already online asking for more than twice the retail price at $59.99, many of them going over the $300 mark. (One listing is current asking for $1,000 for the unit.)
Even though it’s out in the world, it’s unlikely that most of us will get our hands on it today. So until then, make your game plan ahead of time and hope your friends and family hit the video game jackpot.