New NES Classic Stock Shows Up In Target Stores: Updates

Posted: Jan 20 2017, 2:17am CST | by , in News | Technology News

 
New NES Classic Stock Shows Up in Target Stores: Updates
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The Target Stores have got new NES Classic inventory for Monday morning. Updated.

The supply of the Nintendo NES Classic Edition has pretty much completely dried up despite the ongoing high demand. The reseller prices of the NES Classic have come down a bit after the Holidays, but are now increasing again to $191 plus shipping on amazon.com.

There is renewed interest in the NES after hackers found a way to add more games to the NES Classic that increases the pressure on the NES supply. New tools make it easy for NES owners to open up the system and install more games. The instructions to hack the NES Classic Edition are available.

Target stores are the best bet to find a NES on Monday. We have spotted several Target stores with NES inventory on BrickSeek. The overall in-stock score for Target stores has risen to 6%. It has been at 2% of the past days. The spotted NES inventories are though very limited. Stores do not have more than four NES available.

Updates

Jan. 20: Target stores keep on getting new NES Classic inventory. It is very weird that no other retailer is getting NES in. We spotted 11 NES Classic in stock on BrickSeek at the Target Store in West Hollywood. This is the most we have seen in a long time. The inventory score is still at 6% for Target. Walmart is back at 1%.

The BHPhotoVideo online store has sold the NES Classic console for $99.99 in flash sales the past two days. The online retailer says that more NES are coming in. The store charges $30 over MSRP.

The NES reseller prices on Amazon.com rose again to $146.72 plus shipping.

Jan. 19: The Target Stores are still the only place with the most NES Classic in stock. Some people report to have scored a NES Classic at Walmart stores, but BrickSeek's inventory level for Walmart remains at 1%. Target continues to have 6% inventory level for the NES.

We have spotted 5 NES in stock at the Gateway Target in Brooklyn and 6 NES in stock at the Glendale Target in California. It appears the Target warehouse is spreading the thin supply across as many Target stores.

The NES reseller prices on Amazon.com have come down significantly this week. Offers start at $132 with free shipping from a reseller with 1 year and 100% track record. There are several offers for under $150.

Jan. 18: The NES Classic is not available online. It hasn't sold online since a week. Target stores continue to be the best option to find a NES Classic. BrickSeek's inventory level of the NES at Target stays at 6%. We have spotted 6 NES Classic in stock at Chicago Target stores at Chicago Near North and Chicago Peterson Ave.

Jan. 17: Target's NES stock situation continues to stay at 6% on Tuesday. The Jersey City Target store has 5 NES in stock and the Beverly Hills Target store is set with 3 NES Classic consoles according to BrickSeek. Walmart is still not having new NES inventory. NES resellers found a new way to increase the asking price for the NES Classic. Fans can now buy modded NES Classic consoles with more games installed. Modding a NES is not that complicated as tools become easier to use. See the instructions to hack the NES Classic Edition.

Jan. 16: Several shoppers have successfully scored a NES Classic at Target this morning. The NES stock numbers reported today by BrickSeek have turned out to be accurate. "Let me say this, this site works!!!!! Saw there was one in stock in E. Hanover NJ at Target, got there 5 minutes before they opened, no one waiting, walked in and the girl was just putting it in the case. And now the stock shows zero, thank you!," said for instance Ken at NowInStock's discussion board.

Example of Target stores we spotted with NES in stock include Culver City South, Redondo Beach, LA Westwood, Chicago South Loop, Edgewater, Flushing and Brooklyn Junction. The Riverdale Target store in the Bronx, New York shows four NES on Hand and two salable.

To check if a Target store near you has NES Classic consoles in stock, visit brickseek.com. As the number of NES per store is very low, it is essential to be as early as possible in the line if there is one.

Keep your eyes also on the NES Classic bundle offer on GameStop.com. Walmart stores still just show a 1% in stock score. There is no change there.

It is easier to find NES Classic controllers Amazon now, although they are not from Nintendo. 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.

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 $191 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.

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."

Nintendo did not make any further comments about the NES Classic supply situation since then. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime tried to explain last week in an interview why the NES is suffering a shortage.

"When we looked at that proposition what we believed was the adults, 30-40 years old, who grew up playing NES as a kid, 10 years old or so but had stepped away from the gaming category--that was going to be the buyer," Fils-Aime said to GameStop. "As we thought about that, that led us to a certain level of supply. The reality, however, was that the lapsed gamer and the "more active gamer" bought the NES Classic."

This is a poor excuse. Nintendo apparently does not do focus groups ahead of console launches.

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 two months the new Nintendo Switch will go sale and Nintendo fans brace for the worst.

The Nintendo Switch pre-order are sold out. The supply situation might no be as bad as for the NES, but it will be difficult to get a Switch at launch for customers who have not pre-ordered the Switch.

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