NES Classic In Stock At Walmart Stores, Updated

Posted: Feb 7 2017, 7:57am CST | by , Updated: Feb 10 2017, 11:36am CST, in News | Technology News

 

NES Classic in Stock at Walmart Stores, Updated
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New Nintendo NES Classic inventory arrives at Walmart stores. Updated.

More Walmart stores across the nation have the NES Classic Edition in stock today. The inventory level reported by BrickSeek jumped from 1% to 13%. We have spotted 8 NES in stock at the Walmart Supercenter in Rosemead, Walmart in Burbank has 7 and the Walmart store in Santa Fe Springs as 6 NES consoles in stock.

Updates:

Feb. 10: In stock level indicator of NES Classic at Walmart stores drops from 15% to 10%, according to BrickSeek on Feb. 10. Several Walmart stores turned yellow, which is already enough for hard-core NES hunters to go and visit these Walmart stores in the early morning hours for the chance to score a NES Classic.

More consumers have luck scoring a NES at Walmart stores, despite the low inventory level. A pro tip is to the "View Barcode" feature next to the UPC code in BrickSeek in a Walmart store to have store associates scan it to check for inventory, in case BrickSeek shows stock for that particular store.

Feb. 8: In stock level indicator of NES Classic at Walmart stores improved this morning from 12% to 15%, according to BrickSeek on Feb. 8. We have spotted for instance 8 NES in stock at the Walmart in Old Bridge, NJ. 

Feb. 7: In stock level of NES Classic at Walmart stores improved this morning from 1% to 12%, according to BrickSeek on Feb. 7.

We have spotted 6 NES Classic in stock at the Walmart Super Center in Paramount, CA, another 6 at the Walmart in Long Beach, CA and als the Walmart Supercenter in Lakewood, CA hass 6 NES Classic in stock. Get there early to score a NES.

More consumers had luck scoring a NES at Walmart stores in past days, despite the low inventory level. A pro tip is to the "View Barcode" feature next to the UPC code in BrickSeek in a Walmart store to have store associates scan it to check for inventory, in case BrickSeek shows stock for that particular store. 

The NES Classic offers from resellers on Amazon.com are now at around $135.

Feb. 3: Walmart inventory level stays at 3% on Friday.

Feb. 2: In stock level of NES Classic at Walmart stores remains at a low 3%, according to BrickSeek on Feb. 2.

Jan. 31: The Walmart inventory level for the NES dropped to 3%. There are though select Walmart stores with NES in stock. The Walmart Supercenter in Gonzales, LA shows a whopping 25 NES Classic edition in stock according to BrickSeek.

The NES Classic offers from resellers on Amazon.com are now at around $140. The lowest priced NES Classic deal today is a $135 plus $3.99. This is a slight incrase in price compared to yesterday.

Jan. 30: It will be very hard to find NES on Monday at Walmart stores. The inventory level reported by BrickSeek dropped to 5% from 13%. The NES Classic offers from a reseller on Amazon.com becomes more attractive, as prices have dropped to around $130. The lowest priced NES Classic deal today is a $132.95 with free shipping.

Jan. 28: Walmart continues to have a 13% inventory level on Saturday, according to BrickSeek. This level is higher than at Target, but inventory is still very limited. A purchase of a NES Classic from a reseller on Amazon.com becomes more attractive, as prices have dropped to below $135. The lowest priced NES Classic deal today is a $132.95.

Jan. 27: Walmart continues to have a 13% inventory level on Thursday. The BrickSeek inventory level of the NES at Target has risen from 5 to 7% again. The Walmart stores remain the better option to find a NES Classic. More people had though luck yesterday at ToysRUs stores. TRU stores that had the NES in stock had a dozen NES on hand.

Getting the NES at Walmart stores that show green on BrickSeek reportedly can take some effort and requires to get a hold of a store manager. 

Jan. 26: Walmart continues to have a 13% inventory level on Thursday. The BrickSeek inventory level of the NES at Target has dropped to 5%. The Walmart stores are now the better option to find a NES Classic. The Walmart store in Downey in California shows 6 NES Classic in stock this morning. Read below how to search for the NES Classic stock at your local Walmart stores.

Several people reported successful NES purchases at Walmart stores this morning on the discussion board at NowInStock. The Target stores have basically been the only source of NES over the past weeks. Besides Walmart, GameStop stores sell the NES Classic again. The video game retailer sent us a statement that their stores are receiving new NES consoles starting now.

This morning the Nintendo flagship store in New York has the NES Classic in stock again. The store is opened at 9am ET. It appears that Nintendo has finally shipped a notable number of NES Classic consoles to US retailers, but the demand is still by far higher than the supply.

How to Check NES Inventory at Walmart stores

The BrickSeek inventory checker for the NES at Walmart can be accessed here. Just type in your ZIP and see if any of your local Walmart stores is marked green. The SKU for the NES Classic Edition is 54043501. 

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.

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 at Amazon for $18.

The 8Bitdo NES30 Classic Edition Wireless Controller Set with Bluetooth Retro Receiver is also in stock for $39.99. Find all NES Controller on sale at amazon.com.

The demand for the NES is still extremely high. Resellers offer the NES on the Amazon marketplace are $150 and up.

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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