Updates On Finding A Nintendo NES Classic

Posted: Jan 9 2017, 11:41am CST | by , Updated: Jan 9 2017, 2:40pm CST , in Technology News


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Finding a Nintendo NES Classic is Still Very Hard
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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 Nintendo 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 $170.99 plus shipping.


Jan. 9: The week kicks off with low inventory levels of the NES Classic at Target and Walmart. Brickseek reports 5% and 1% respectively across all stores of the two retailers. Online availability of the NES does not exist since days. Some fans are already suspecting that Nintendo is not working on a new shipment of the NES Classic, because of the upcoming Nintendo Switch.

We do not think that is the case, but it would be time for Nintendo to make an announcement regarding the NES Classic supply situation. In an new development, GameStop is reportedly receiving new NES Classic shipment on January 11.

Amazon has the Nyko MiniBoss Wireless Controller for NES Classic Edition in stock in select Zip codes for $17.95.

The 8Bitdo NES30 Classic Edition Wireless Controller Set with Bluetooth Retro Receiver is also in stock for $39.99.

Jan. 7: The inventory situation of the NES Classic have not changed. Some Target stores have the NES in stock, but the BrickSeek inventory score of the NES at Target is still at a very low 5%. The NES Classic is though becoming more versatile. Hackers opened up the retro console to allow owners to upload more games. The hack comes out of Russia. The instructions to hack the NES Classic Edition are available.

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. The NES Classic was available at Best Buy online on Jan. 4 around 4pm ET. This marked 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, but there has been no new online availability.

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.

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.

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.

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 $170 and more.

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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