Amazon NES Classic Announcements: Updates

Posted: Dec 10 2016, 1:36pm CST | by , in News | Holiday Gift Guide

 

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Amazon NES Classic Announcements
 

Amazon says to make announcements regarding the Nintendo NES Classic. Updated.

Amazon has not sold a Nintendo NES Classic for $59.99 since launch day. This seems to finally change. Amazon teased NES Classic announcements in the coming week.

Updates:

Dec. 10: All Amazon Books stores have sold out of NES Classic Edition. Amazon will update costumers once there are new NES Classic available.

Dec. 9: The Amazon Books Store in Portland Oregon will have NES Classic in stock when it opens Friday.

Dec. 8: Amazon announced on Dec. 8 to have the NES Classic on sale at Amazon Books stores in Seattle, Portland and San Diego. The retailer also said on Twitter that there will be more opportunities to purchase the NES Classic this Holiday. Lastly Amazon is giving away 20 NES. Read the rules here.

"NES Classic fans: we've got a couple exciting announcements to make in the coming week. Stay tuned for more info soon," said Amazon on its official Amazon Video Games Twitter account.

The Tweet is curious as it refers to a couple of announcements and not just one. Will there be multiple NES Flash sales on Amazon.com? Or will Amazon offer NES Bundles like GameStop? At this point the Tweet is all we have. It only makes sense for Amazon to tease the NES, if they will get a serious amount of NES consoles. The giant online retailer does not need to bother selling a couple thousand units.

ToysRUs sold about 45,000 NES units last Sunday. Amazon needs have about this number of NES in the warehouse to rectify an announcement.

The NES Classic has been available on amazon.com all the time since launch, but only from 3rd party resellers. The current offers on Amazon.com are starting at $210, plus $3.99 shipping.

The Amazon NES sale is going to be the best opportunity to buy a NES Classic online before the Holidays. ToysRUs had a big NES sale on Sunday. Yesterday, Urban Outfitters hosted a NES Flash sale with overwhelming attention. 

The demand for the NES is crazy and Nintendo does not come even close to make enough of this retro console. Nintendo fans already freak when thinking about the prospects of getting their hands on a Nintendo Switch. Nintendo is under criticism for bad demand forecasting since years. Part of it is intentional as shortage generates buzz. The downside are the countless hours of people spent in line and the caused frustration. 

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 $210 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.

The ThinkGeek store has said to sell the NES as well, but has not given a release date yet. Each day, NES hunters are using services like Brick Seek to spot inventory at local stores. The NES has not been on sale online since December 3, besides the Urban Outfitters sale yesterday.

All stores and methods to find a NES Classic are detailed in the NES Classic Shopping Guide for December.

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