NES Classic In Stock At Target Stores, Updated

Posted: Feb 4 2017, 11:06am CST | by , Updated: Feb 10 2017, 11:35am CST, in News | Technology News

 

NES Classic in Stock at Target Stores, Updated
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The Target Stores keep on getting new NES Classic inventory daily. Updated.

The supply of the Nintendo NES Classic Edition has pretty much completely dried up despite the ongoing high demand. Target has proven to be the best store to find a NES Classic in stock over the past week.

Updates:

Feb. 10: The inventory indicator at BrickSeek for Target is stuck at 22% on Feb. 10. The high number sounds good, but we can't spot almost no Target store with NES in stock. Might be a glitch.

We spotted 3 NES in stock at the Target store in Hawthorne, California. Elon Musk can go an buy a NES today, if he doesn't own one yet. The guy probably also does not have time to play video games.

The Target store in Culver City has six NES Classic in stock. Try to find a Target store near you with NES in stock on brickseek.com. There are more reports about finding the NES at Walmart stores. See below.

Feb. 6: The inventory indicator stays at 22%, but there are only few stores that show NES inventory. If there is inventory, shoppers head still out very early to be first to grab NES as soon as the stores open. The demand for the NES is still incredibly high.

Feb. 4: The inventory indicator at BrickSeek for Target surges to 22% on Saturday. The high number sounds good, but we can't spot any Target store with NES in stock. Might be a glitch.

Feb. 3: Inventory level dropped by 1% on Friday. It will be harder to find a NES in stock at Target today. New York's Target Stores have serveral dozen NES Classic in stock for Friday morning. See the list of Target stores with NES stock on brickseek.com.

Feb. 2: In stock level of NES Classic at Walmart stores remains at a low 3%, according to BrickSeek on Feb. 2. Several Target stores in and around Minneapolis have the NES Classic in stock. See the stores with NES stock on BrickSeek (ZIP 55401).

Jan. 30: The NES Classic is in stock at the Target store at Chicago State St. in the city of Chicago. The store has 5 NES on hand. The Chicago Division has 4 NES on hand. The overall inventory level of Target stores remains on Monday at 7% according to BrickSeek. To check if a Target store near you has NES Classic consoles in stock, visit brickseek.com. The link contains the SKU for the NES. 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.

NES Classic offers from resellers on Amazon.com are now around $138. The lowest priced NES Classic deal is a $135.95 with free shipping.

Jan. 28: The inventory level of the NES Classic console at Target stays at 7% on Saturday according to BrickSeek. We spotted many NES hunters to throw in the towel and purchase a NES Classic from a reseller on Amazon.com, as prices have dropped to below $135. The lowest priced NES Classic deal is a $128.98.

Jan. 27: The inventory level of the NES Classic console at Target has risen again to 7% according to BrickSeek. The Target store in Culver City South shows 8 NES consoles on hand and the Chicago Near North Target store has a whopping 12 NES Classic in stock according to Brickseek. More people had luck yesterday at ToysRUs stores. TRU stores that had the NES in stock had a dozen NES on hand.

Jan. 26: The NES Classic inventory level at Target Stores has dropped to 5%. There are fewer stores with inventory. We spotted NES in stock at the Target in Los Angeles at S La Cienega Blvd. This Target has according to BrickSeek 6 NES in stock. The Walmart Stores have now a higher NES inventory level than Target with 13%.

Jan. 25: Target's inventoy level of the NES Classic remains at 7%. Today the NES Classic will be available at Nintendo New York flagship store again beginning at 9am. One per guest, while supplies last.

Jan. 24: Target continues to hold a 7% inventory level for the NES Classic. BrickSeek shows 4 NES in stock at Target in Norcross, 3 NES in stock at Target in Paramus, 3 NES in Flushing and 5 NES consoles in Compton. Target is spreading the still limited NES inventory to different stores each day. Type you ZIP into BrickSeek to see if you local Target has stock. If the store has NES on hand than get their early morning to be first to score a NES.

Jan. 23: The week is off to a good start for people trying to find a NES Classic in stock. More NES are in stock than since a long time at Target stores. The BrickSeek inventory level is at 7%. Examples of Target stores having the NES Classic in stock include Jersey City (7), Brooklyn Junction (5), West Des Moines SW (4), Evanston (3), Compton-Rancho Dom (5), and Atlanta Edgewood (3).

Jan. 22: Despite a low inventory level of 3%, we just spotted many Target locations in area code 10001 with NES in stock according to BrickSeek data. Target at Atlantic Terminal shows 7 NES on hand, the Harlem Target has 6 on hand, College Point carries 9 and Clifton shows 7.

Bronx-Throggs Neck has 3 NES Classic on hand and Riverdale 7. Sunday morning looks bright for NES hunters in New York.

Several people have been able to score a NES Sunday morning. It takes a lot of commitment to get up early on a Sunday morning, but now these people can crawl back under their blanket and play the NES Classic Edition all Sunday long.

We spotted many NES hunters to throw in the towel and purchase a NES Classic from a reseller on Amazon.com, as prices hava dropped to below $150. The best NES Classic deal is a $128.98.

Jan. 21: The Target inventory level of NES dropped to 3% from 6%. This means that it will be harder to find a NES at Target this weekend. Best Buy sold some NES Classic online on Friday around noon. There is an unconfirmed rumor that ToysRUs stores will get solid supply of NES consoles on January 26. We work on confirming this rumor. If true, it could be the biggest chance in a long time to get a NES Classic.

Target stores are the best bet to find a NES Classic Edition. We have spotted many Target stores with NES inventory on BrickSeek over the past week. The overall in-stock score for Target stores has settled at 6%. It has been at 2% of the previous weeks. The Target warehouse is doing a great job in distributing the limited inventory to as many different stores. Each night we spot other stores with NES classic inventory than the previous day.

Why only Target keeps getting new NES Classic inventory is unclear. Today 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 only at 1%.

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.

The reseller prices of the NES Classic have come down a bit after the Holidays, but are now increasing again to $150 plus shipping on amazon.com.

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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