How To Find NES Classic Edition In December

Posted: Dec 20 2016, 8:34am CST | by , in Holiday Gift Guide


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How to Find NES Classic Edition in December

The Nintendo NES Classic Edition is extremely hard find. Here are the latest and best tips to buy a Nintendo NES Classic in time for Christmas. Updated.

The next big chance to buy a NES Classic in time for the Holidays is on December 20 at Best Buy Stores across the nation.

To score a NES Classic at Best Buy stores, lining up over night is likely necessary. Depending where the Best Buy store is located, lines could start as early as Monday afternoon.


Breaking 9:20am ET: Nintendo NES Classic available on Amazon Prime Now in New York.

Dec. 20: The Best Buy NES Classic Sale is today. Read the latest updates from the lines.

Dec. 16: Best Buy announced to sell the NES Classic in limited quantities on Tuesday Dec. 20 in 1,000 Best Buy stores. Best Buy will hand out tickets like its Black Friday to shoppers in line.

Amazon sold again NES Classic through Amazon Prime Now in a new set of cities. More cities are expected to be announced Saturday.

Dec. 15: GameStop Stores have the NES Classic in Stock Today. There are supposed to be signs out with the number of NES in stock.

Amazon Prime members can order the NES Classic today in new cities through Prime Now. Customers who can't get a NES in the next days can try Best Buy next week. The Best Buy stores will have NES Classic in stock on December 20th.

Dec. 14: Amazon is selling the NES Classic through Prime Now in select cities with free 2-hour delivery.

GameStop sold on Wednesday morning the NES Classic online in bundles starting at $129.99. There are now four NES Classic bundles offered by GameStop. Find them below in the how to buy NES Online section.

Dec. 12: This morning is the last opportunity to get a chance to purchase the NES Classic at ThinkGeek. The NES Classic Sale will be today. Customers have time until 10am ET to register and add the NES to their wishlist. ThinkGeek randomly selects customers from the reservations list and sends out emails with purchase codes.

Dec. 9: Nintendo of America's president, Reggie Fils-Aime acknowledged the NES Classic shortages in an interview with CNET. "Every day there's more going into the retail channel. The overall level of demand is certainly greater than we anticipated, that's why we're suffering through the shortages out there in the marketplace." That statement does not help parents who try to get a NES Classic for their kids in time for the Holidays.

Amazon sells the NES Classic at a few Amazon Books Stores. The Amazon Books Store in Portland has NES Classic in stock when it re-opens on Friday. Amazon said to have more NES Classic purchase opportunities coming up.

Dec. 7: ThinkGeek launched "pre-order" for NES Classic.

Dec. 7: Amazon to make NES announcements in coming week.

Dec. 7: Looks like today is a good day to find a NES at a local Target Store. We just check Brick Seek at several random Zip codes around the nation and every time there was at least one store with a couple of NES in stock. 15% of the Target stores are supposed to have the NES in stock today. Read below how to check your local Target stores for NES Classic inventory.

Dec. 6: Target announced to have a big Hatchimals sale on Sunday, Dec. 11. The announcement did though not mention the NES.

For many the routine is to wake up in the middle of the night to check Brick Seek if any local Target has NES in stock. If there is a hit, people get up and drive to the store in hope to be first in line.

This happens every day now. At the time of the latest update on this NES guide, people stand in line at Target stores in the middle of the night to get a NES. Target employees are handing out tickets at some locations. Lines start as early as midnight at the stores.

The Target stores were first to get new NES stock starting Sunday. On Wednesday GameStop and Jet have sold the NES Classic online. Inventory was gone in less than a minute, as expected. With GameStop and Walmart owned Jet offering the NES, the shipments of the mini NES console from Nintendo are finally picking up.

The NES consoles sold out at ToysRUs on Sunday. The toy retailer had about 30 NES in stock at most of its retail location. Customers lined up over night to get a chance on the NES. Lines were up to 300 people long.

The Dell restocking date of December 5 was random and did not have any merit. The next known date for an announced NES Sale is tomorrow, December 6.

Urban Outfitters offered the Nintendo NES Classic on Tuesday, December 6. Find the latest updates about the NES Classic Flash Sale at Urban Outfitters. As of 7am ET the NES Classic has not yet been on sale at the fashion store.

This could be the date when ThinkGeek will also start sell the NES. Read on below to find out the details about these new stores that will sell the NES Classic.

How to find the NES Classic at a local Target Stores

Target Stores are still the best option to find NES, despite low inventory levels and very high competition. Shoppers line up 8 hours and more to score a NES at a Target that has shown inventory. The NES Classic stock at a local Target Stores can be checked with the Target Inventory Checker at Brick Seek. The Target DPCI code for the NES is 207-29-0180. Shoppers can enter the DPCI and a zip code at Brick Seek to list inventory levels of Target stores in the area.

The site says to pull inventory directly from store's systems. The numbers might be skewed due to theft, lost items, and problems with their inventory management system. Brick Seek has recently started post a message to make sure shoppers understand that Brick Seek is in no way associated with Target. The NES stock numbers shown for each store are only guidance. Customers can not use the Brick Seek numbers to complain to Target store managers, if the store doesn't have the number of NES in stock.

The Brick Seek service has helped a lot of NES hunters to score NES consoles this week. Because Brick Seek is an open secret a lot of NES seekers are using it, creating this competition of who gets up the earliest and stand in line the longest to score a NES.

Brick Seek shows currently a 15% inventory level for Target stores. This level was at 10% on Sunday. The chances to score a NES Classic at Target is rising. NES hunters need to line up around 2am depending on the location of the Target store. Shoppers also need to check the ticket policy at the store.

Some stores hand out tickets even before midnight and let customer go home and come back when the store opens. NES hunters could end up spending hours in line only to find out that others got tickets before them.

Finding a NES Classic in Stock Online

The NES Classic was on sale online the last time at Walmart before noon on Dec. 3. Inventory lasted 5 minutes. This could be an indicator that Walmart also restocked NES Classic for the weekend. Read on below, on how to buy NES at Walmart. Find the NES on

There hasn't been NES on sale online since Walmart's last flash sale on Nov. 22. This has changed on Nov. 30. GameStop has sold the NES Classic as part of bundles starting at $104.99.

GameStop offers the following Nintendo NES Classic Edition Bundles:

$129.99 Nintendo NES Classic Collectible Edition Bundle for Nintendo

$152.99 Nintendo NES Classic Playing with Power Edition for Nintendo

$167.99 Nintendo NES Classic Legendary Edition for Nintendo

$182.99 Nintendo NES Classic Ultimate Holiday Edition for Nintendo offers the NES Classic Edition at a slightly above MSRP. Deal hunters could score the NES yesterday at for $64.34.

The NES Classic is offered in the following online stores:








To get alerted about online availability of the NES we recommend to use zoolert in browser mode with audio alert. Every other notification option is too slow. Also recommended to read are the comments on zoolert's NES page. The community of NES hunters shares their tips and success stories.

Another online store that soon will have the NES Classic on sale is ThinkGeek. The shop is offering NES Classic sweepstakes to promote the upcoming sale. ThinkGeek is giving away 5 NES Classic Edition consoles on The giveaway ends in in about two weeks. When ThinkGeek will start selling the NES Classic is not known. Urban Outfitters starts the sell the NES on December at and in stores. This might also be the launch day for ThinkGeek.

How to get the NES Classic at ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek announced how the geek toy retailer will sell the NES Classic and it is brilliant. ThinkGeek is listing the Nintendo NES Classic Edition on now. Customers need to add the NES to their wish list for a chance to purchase from the limited stock of NES Classic. This soft "pre-order" needs to filed by 12/12 10 AM EST.

On Monday Dec. 12, Timmy will begin to randomly select batches of fans who have this item on their Wish List and email them a unique code and link to buy it. This code will be good for 24 hours. If the selected customers don't use the code within 24 hours, the chance goes back in the mix to let other eager fans have a shot.

Customers who miss the Wishlist reservation will not have a chance to purchase the NES Classic on ThinkGeek once the sale begins.

To add the NES to the wishlist, shoppers need to sign up for an account on the ThinkGeek store. The ThinkGeek team has found a clever way to generate thousands of new leads for their store full of geek gifts. By sending out emails to random customers, ThinkGeek also avoids heavy load in their server once the NES goes on sale. More details about the NES Classic Sale at ThinkGeek.

How to get the NES Classic at ToysRUs

The ToysRUs stores will be restocked with the NES Classic starting Sunday December 4. ToysRUs is featuring the NES in their new weekly ad. Customers are advised to line up as early as possible at their local ToysRUs stores.

NES hunters line up at Target stores since days at 5am and earlier to just get a chance on a handful of NES that Brick seek shows in stock. The highly publicized ToysRUs restocking of the NES will draw big crowds. We actually predict that customers to line-up over night at some ToysRUs locations.

There is no guarantee that the store will have the NES in stock. Shoppers can try to ask the store employees on Saturday to find out if the store will have NES inventory.

How to get the NES at Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters is a fashion store, but always had a little corner with novelty gadgets. The NES Classic fits perfectly into an Urban Outfitters store. The retailer is already offering retro Atari gaming systems. Besides the date of December 6, there are no details on the NES sale at Urban Outfitters. The NES will only be offered online at Read the latest updates about the NES sale at Urban Outfitters.

Buying the NES on eBay or Amazon

Resellers offer the $59.99 NES Classic for above $200. The current offers on the starting at $221.01 plus $3.99 shipping. Shoppers can find the NES Classic for below $200 on, but caution is recommended. Customers need read the listings in detail to make sure it is new and will ship in time. We have seen offers from Italy and used NES on offer.

About the Nintendo NES Classic

The $59.99 Nintendo NES Classic Edition console launched on November 11 in stores and online. The supply was extremely constraint in stores and especially online. Right now all stores are sold out of the retro 80s TV gaming console.

Even NES accessories are hard to come by. Resellers offer the NES on the Amazon marketplace are $230 and up.

Nintendo had now two weeks time to replenish retailers with NES Classic Edition consoles. There is no update from Nintendo on the status of NES supply.

On launch day Nintendo said: "The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system is a hot item, and we are working hard to keep up with consumer demand. 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 availability."

The Target inventory of the NES is the first evidence of a new shipment of NES Classic Edition arriving in the United States.

The palm-sized NES console, retailing for $59.99 list price, features the classic Nintendo NES controller many geeks have grown up with. The retro console comes pre-installed with 30 classic NES games including Super Mario Bros., Pac-Man, Metroid, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and Kirby's Adventures. The NES Classic Edition system is a miniaturized version of the groundbreaking NES, originally released in 1985.

The NES Classic Edition comes only with a single wired controller. There are 3rd party controllers and accessories that make the NES more fun to use. Gamers can get additional controllers and even wireless controllers.

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