How To Find A Nintendo NES Classic In Stock In 2017

Posted: Jan 26 2017, 1:15pm CST | by , Updated: Jan 27 2017, 2:48am CST , in Technology News


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How to Find a Nintendo NES Classic in Stock in 2017
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The Nintendo NES Classic Edition is still hard to find after the Holidays. Here are the best ways to find a NES Classic in stock. Updated.

The NES Classic Edition console is still very much in demand in the first days of 2017. The reseller prices of the NES Classic have come down a bit after the Holidays, are still very high with $180.

Select stores are receiving a limited numbers of NES Classic on a daily basis. The online availability of the NES Classic is dire. Shopko has sold the NES on the last day of 2016.


Jan. 26: The Walmart Stores are now the best bet to find a NES Classic. BrickSeek reports an inventory level of 13%. For instance the Walmart store in Downey, CA has 6 NES in stock today. ToysRUs stores have the NES Classic back in stock. The NES inventory at TRU stores is reportedly pretty high. Customers say that they saw about a dozen NES in stock this morning.

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Jan. 25: GameStop Stores have the NES Classic in stock again this week according to the retailer. NES bundles have started to sell online again at at 10:30am ET. Walmart stores have also received new NES stock.

Jan. 23: ThinkGeek has NES Classic in stock. Registration to get a chance to buy the NES Classic ends at 8am ET on Monday, January 23.

Jan. 16: Target Stores received new NES Classic inventory for Monday morning. The number of NES in stock at the Target stores that have the console are very low.

Jan. 12: Best Buy sold the NES Classic online at this morning at around 11am ET. It appears that finally new NES Classic are arriving with the sale at the Nintendo Store yesterday and now Best Buy. Read on below to find out how to get notified of online availability of the NES Classic.

Jan. 11: The Nintendo Flagship Store in New York is selling the NES Classic today again at 9am ET.

Jan. 10: The GameStop Warehouse is reportedly getting new NES Classic inventory on January 11.

Jan. 6: Nintendo has not resupplied retailers with the NES Classic in a significant way. The in stock level of the NES at Target stores is at 5% according to BrickSeek. Chances that your local Target has the NES in stock are very low right now.

NES hunters check the BrickSeek data of their local Target stores before midnight to see if a store will sell NES the next morning. In the unlikely case their is a NES in stock, buyers have to get to the store still early before the doors open. The demand is still extremely high. Resellers offer the NES on the Amazon marketplace are $170 and up.

Jan. 5: The NES Classic was available at Best Buy online on Jan. 4 around 4pm ET. This marks the first time that the NES was sold online in days. It is time again to keep zoolert or nowinstock open in your browser and switch on the audio alerts.

GameStop sold some NES Bundles on December 29. Amazon has sold the NES in very limited quantities in select cities in the past days as well. Amazon has though not made any announcements about the NES Classic availability.

People report to have found a NES Classic in stock at stores including Target and Walmart. The tool of choice to spot the limited NES inventory is as always Brick Seek. The SKU for the NES is 207-29-0180. The service is working best for Target stores. The reported numbers are always to be taken with a grain of salt.

The discussion group at InStockNow's NES tracking page is a good starting point ot find leads to stores that have the NES in stock. Brick Seek shows currently a very low 5% inventory level for Target stores.

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. There is no update from Nintendo when the Japanese video game maker will resolve the shortage.

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. Even NES accessories are hard to come by. Resellers offer the NES on the Amazon marketplace are $180 and up.

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.

The Holiday shopping season 2016 has been dominated by the hunt for Hatchimals and the Nintendo NES classic edition. In a short three months the new Nintendo Switch will go sale and Nintendo fans brace for the worst. We at I4U News have already pre-ordered the Nintendo Switch at Europe's largest consumer electronics chain. Find out everything we know about the Nintendo Switch launch.

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