NES Classic At Best Buy Stores: Latest Updates From The Lines

Posted: Dec 20 2016, 3:29am CST | by , Updated: Dec 20 2016, 8:32am CST , in Holiday Gift Guide


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NES Classic at Best Buy Stores: Latest Updates from the Lines
NES Classic in Stock at Best Buy Stores on December 20

Best Buy sells the Nintendo NES Classic on Tuesday, December 20. Find below the live updates from the lines at Best Buy stores.

The last big chance to buy a Nintendo NES Classic before the Holidays is on Tuesday Dec. 20. Best Buy store have limited quantities of the Nintendo NES Classic in stock at the more than 1,000 Best Buy stores across the United States.

Stores have up to 54 NES in stock. Scroll down to read more about reported NES stock levels. Update: Amazon sells NES Classic in New York via Amazon Prime Now as of 9:20am ET.

Updates from the Lines for NES at Best Buy

The lines for the NES Classic Edition at Best Buy have started as predicted on Monday. Some Best Buy stores including the one in Downey, CA has already given out tickets on Monday starting at 5pm. There are 45 people in line right now according to an email we received from Charlene. Make sure you ask the people in line if they already got tickets.

Our favorite story from the line so far: "I am in Westland, MI, there are about 20 people in line. I was third in line at 12:15 pm. We have all agreed to put a chair as a marker in line and stay in our cars for warmth. The police just came and announced they will start handing out tickets at 7:30am", wrote Brittany in an email to I4U News. It pays off when people respect each other.

The Best Buy Store in Sunrise, Florida has started to send customers home as all 47 NES Classic tickets have been handed out to the first people in line. The line at Best Buy in South San Antonio grew to 300 people. Crowd dispursed after the store employees only had 23 tickets to hand out, according to Jessica.

The line at the Best Buy store in Victorville, CA started at 11pm PST, Monday. This store opens already at 7am, according to I4U News reader Zinnia. The line at the Best Buy store in San Marcos, CA is already 20 deep.

The situation on the East Coast is no different. Elizabeth emailed us that she got in line at 1am ET at a Best Buy in New York and is 6th in line. Leah got in line at 10pm at a Best Buy in Central New York. She was 6th in line. At 2:30am the line grew to 10 people. Alicia is in line at the Best Buy in Concord, NH. As of 3am ET there are only 2 people in line. Shari was first in line at store in East Hanover NJ at 2:45am ET.

Terrell is 4th in line at a Best Buy in New York and as of 2am ET, there are 15 people waiting in the 21 degree cold. He sent us this hilarious selfie. He stands in front of Best Buy's Holiday ad that says: "Holiday Gifting Made Easy." Standing in line during a winter night is for sure "easy."

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12 people are in line at 4am in Cincinnati, reports Caroline. Best Buy in Little Rock, AR. has 5 people in line at 3:15am, says Demekia in an email. The Best Buy store in Sunrise, Florida already 44 people in line at 4am, says Lori. Best Buy in South Miami, Florida had 24 at 1am and Best Buy in Florida City had already 49. This line will be for sure too long and not everybody in line will get a NES today.

When you are in line at a Best Buy store for the $59.99 NES Classic, please email us ( with updates on how long the lines are and when the first people got in line. Update: Big THANK YOU to all who emailed us! There are so many emails now that we can't respond and thank you guys individually anymore. We keep updating with the highlights throughout the morning.

NES Classic Line at Best Buy

How man NES Classic have Best Buy Stores in Stock

We assume that Best Buy store employees will not reveal the number of NES in stock during the night. The people in line will have to wait for the ticketing to starts. A Best Buy employee posted on NowInStock that his store as 23 NES Classic in stock. He believes that no store will have more than 25 NES Classic Edition in stock today. This information is unconfirmed. A new post from the line says that a Best Buy in San Antonio has 54 NES Classic in stock, according to BB employees who are in line.

Alicia reports that the Best Buy in Concord, NH has 27 NES Classics in stock according to a Best Buy employee. There are no accessories like extra controllers and similar available.

Best Buy stores open early at 8am or even earlier, under extended Holiday shopping hours. Customers in line can find out the store opening hours with the Best Buy store locator.

The NES Classic Edition will not be available online on Besides the ongoing NES Classic sale through Amazon Prime Now, the Best Buy NES Sale is currently the best announced option to get a NES Classic in time for the Holidays. There is no competing announcement of a NES Classic sale. Best Buy is the only store that will advertises a NES Classic sale in the last week before the Holidays.

Only Amazon is selling the NES in quantities through Amazon Prime. On Monday, Amazon sold the NES to customers located in LA, San Francisco and other cities. It is not known if Amazon has more NES available this week.

NES Classic at Best Buy Stores Details

The NES Classic Edition will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Just like on Black Friday, Best Buy stores will have a ticketing process for customers waiting in line. Best Buy will only pass out as many tickets as the store has consoles available, and there will be a limit of one NES per customer.

“Two of the most common questions we’ve gotten this holiday season are, ‘Do you have the NES Classic edition?’ and ‘When will you get more?'” said Best Buy Senior Category Officer Amy College. “So we know this is one of the year’s hottest gifts, and we’re excited to give gaming fans one more chance to bring one home for the holidays.”

To find the nearest Best Buy store, customers can put in their ZIP code in the Best Buy store locator.

Best Buy Line for NES Classic

Best Buy stores open already at 8am on Tuesday December 20. As the NES Classic is still in incredible high demand and the supply is limited, scoring a NES at Best Buy on Tuesday requires to line up as early as Monday late afternoon or evening.

When you are in getting in line at a Best Buy store for the $59.99 NES Classic, please email us ( with some infos on how long the lines are and when the first people got in line.

Update us on how many NES the Best Buy has in stock. Above all email us your success story. We will cover the Best Buy NES Classic sales live as we did with other NES sales this season, to help shoppers know about lines start times and how many NES they can expect to find at stores.

About the Nintendo NES Classic

Nintendo is under heavy 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.

Despite the shortage, Nintendo has sold 196,000 NES Classic Edition units in November according to sales statistics released by NPD. The current reseller offers on are starting at $207, plus $3.99 shipping. In contrast to Hatchimals, the NES Classic is holding the high reseller price level.

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 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.

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

The Holiday shopping season 2016 is dominated by the hunt for Hatchimals and the Nintendo NES classic. Popular Holiday gifts of 2016 also include the new Xbox One S and the Sony PS4 Slim.

Driven by the HDR support of these video game consoles, consumers look into getting a new 4K HDR TV for the Holidays.

Super Saturday is coming up and there are daily Holiday sales now online until the Holiday shipping cut off times. The hottest Holiday gifts, gift guides and deals are available in the Holiday Gifts 2016 coverage. Holiday shoppers can find all information needed to find Hatchimals and Nintendo NES Classic in time for Christmas.

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