Finding A NES Classic On Presidents' Day 2017

Posted: Feb 20 2017, 11:32am CST | by , Updated: Feb 21 2017, 1:40am CST, in News | Technology News

 

Finding a NES Classic on Presidents' Day 2017
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It is Presidents' Day 2017. There are plenty of Presidents' Day sales underway today online and in stock, but can consumers find a NES Classic? Updated.

Presidents' Day is in honor of all US Presidents. It is also one of the biggest sales federal holidays of the year. The Presidents' Day 2017 deals are in some cases a reflection of some of the best Black Friday deals. There are great deals on TVs, major appliances and more. We have pulled together the best Presidents' Day 2017 sales in a shopping guide.

There is still one product that retailers would love to sell to consumers, but have a hard time doing so since before Christmas. The Nintendo NES Classic is still in extreme short supply two months after Christmas. It is incredible situation. 

Nintendo has only sold through 1.5 million Nintendo NES Classic consoles since the launch in November of last year. Nintendo announced the number in the earning calls on February 1, 2017. The company plans to increase production. 1.5 million is just way too low and just shows how badly Nintendo predicted the demand. Nintendo says that the procurement of parts is holding the ramp up of the NES Classic production back.

The lowest NES Classic offer from a trustworthy seller on Amazon is $119.40 plus $3.99 shipping. Nintendo seems to have slowed the shipments of NES Classic consoles again.

The list of stores that are getting supplied by Nintendo is rather short. Besides Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and ToysRUs only the Nintendo flagship store in New York had the NES in stock. Listed below are the NES Classic availability situation at each store on Presidents' Day 2017.

NES Classic at Amazon.com
Prices have gone up again on Monday an are still up on Saturday, as the supply has dried up again. Reseller prices continued to rise through the week and reach now between $120 and $130. The lowest NES Classic offer from a trustworthy seller is $119.40 plus $3.99 shipping.  

The NES Classic has shown up on Amazon Prime Now in Manhattan and other cities on Sunday for short period of times. The NES Classic could show up again today on Amazon Prime Now. Getting the $59.99 NES Classic on Amazon Prime Now is the best way, as the delivery is within two hours.

Updates:
NES Classic is available through Amazon Prime Now in Richmond, Virginia as fo 2:30am ET.

The NES Classic was in stock at Amazon Prime Now at around 9:20am PST. An hour earlier the NES Classic was available for order in Portland and San Diego. There is as said before a chance that Amazon's local delivery service has the NES on Presidents' Day in select cities.

Some NES hunters go through the trouble to buy the NES Classic on Amazon Spain, which had sporadic inventory of the 59.99 Euro NES. After taxes and duty, the cost is supposed to come to $70, when importing the NES from Europe according to this comment on NowInStock. I was never able to spot the NES on Amazon Spain listed for the regular price. The supply situation of the NES Classic is as bad in Europe as it is in the United States.

NES Classic at Target
The inventory indicator at BrickSeek for Target is at 2%, slightly higher than for Walmart, but also too low. We spotted one NES in stock at the Target at Gateway Dr in Brooklyn, NY. 

Try to find a Target store near you with NES in stock on brickseek.com. Both Target and Walmart in stock indicators are way down. The indicator is just showing a trend and not an actual percentage of stores having stock. The dropping means that NES is less likely available at Target and Walmart stores this weekend.

NES Classic at Walmart
The BrickSeek stock level indicator of NES Classic at Walmart stores dropped again. It is now at 1%. Finding a NES at a Walmart store on Presidents' Day is highly unlikely. Walmart at Doty Avenue in Chicago shows one NES in stock. If a store has stock, its extremely low.

Try your luck and check the NES availability at Walmart stores in your Zip area on brickseek.

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.

NES Classic at GameStop
The NES Classic was last in stock at GameStop online on Feb. 9. GameStop only offered the NES Classic as part of bundles starting at $79.99. Inventory lasted about 9 minutes.

NES Classic at Best Buy
The Nintendo NES Classic was on sale online at bestbuy.com on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Overall the $59.99 NES inventory lasted 40 minutes. This means that the consumer electronics giant must have received a big shipment.

NES Classic at ToysRUs Stores
No new updates. NES not in stock at ToysRUs stores and online shop. TRU is only selling NES accessories online.

See also the Nintendo Shift Pre-order Updates.

The ability to mod the NES Classic and install an unlimited number of games has renewed the hype around the retro console. The latest version of hakchi2 allows NES owners to install over 800 NES games. A new hack even allows NES owners to run SNES games via an emulator

It is easier to find NES Classic controllers Amazon now, although they are not from Nintendo. Here is a list of popular NES accessories on sale on Amazon.

NES Classic Edition Accessories

Nyko MiniBoss Controller for NES Classic Edition (Sale: $14.99)

Ortz 10ft Controller for NES Classic Mini [TURBO EDITION] Buttons

8Bitdo NES30 Classic Edition Wireless Controller Set with Bluetooth Retro Receiver

10ft Extend Link Extension Cable For Nintendo Mini NES Classic Edition

RDS Industries NES Classic Edition Carrying Case

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.

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 Holiday shopping season 2016 has been dominated by the hunt for Hatchimals and the Nintendo NES classic edition. The NES Classic demand is still strong amidst ongoing shortage. In about one 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. Find out how to get the Nintendo Shift on March 3.

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