The Nintendo NES Classic Edition is still hard to find, even months after its launch.
The Nintendo NES Classic Edition was released in November of last year. The demand for the retro consoles did not die out after Christmas. It continues to this day. After weeks of no new inventory, Nintendo has shipped new NES Classic consoles to US retailers end of March. Nintendo has cited component shortages for the delay in ramping up the supply for the NES Classic.
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The 80s retro console launched on November 11, 2016. As of December 31, 2016, Nintendo sold 1.5 million NES Classic Edition. New official NES Classic sales numbers for 2017 are expected to be released on April 27.
Nintendo announced on April 13 that the NES Classic Edition will be discontinued. The news sent reseller prices for the NES immediately north of $340. This is jump of $220. The Nintendo NES Classic reseller price is almost equal to the reseller offers of the new Nintendo Switch.
Find below all options and best practices for shoppers to find a NES Classic in stock in April.
NES Classic Reseller Offers
The NES reseller prices jumped by over $200 on April 13, following the announced that the NES Classic Edition will be discontinued. Reseller prices for the Nintendo NES Classic Edition are now starting at $330 on amazon.com and eBay. Offers below $300 are now considered to be suspicious and are likely fake.
Please avoid the fake low priced reseller deals on the Nintendo NES. These offers are a scam that lock up your cash. Read our report on the Nintendo Switch and NES Classic Amazon scam for details.
NES Classic on Amazon Prime Now
Amazon has been offering the NES Classic on Amazon Prime Now almost daily throughout the past months. The retail giant makes small batches of the NES console available on its local delivery service since a couple weeks now. This is an obvious marketing campaign for Amazon Prime Now.
Amazon only allows one NES Classic order per person. There is strict limit on how many NES an account can order for a set period of time, at least 24 hours.
Ordering a NES via Amazon Prime Now is though great, but its a hassle to spot one in stock and ready for order. It arrives in 2 hours for free in the cities where Amazon Prime Now is available. NES hunters have to refresh the search for the NES Classic for their ZIP code on a regular basis to spot the NES in stock.
How to find a NES Classic Edition in Stock
The NES Classic is sold online and in stores. Find below the specifics of the NES Classic availability for each major store.
Amazon Prime Now has shown the NES Classic available in select cities for very short period of times. Check the NES Classic listing for your Zip code on Amazon Prime Now and refer to our NES Classic on Amazon Prime Now Shopping Guide for the latest availability.
NES hunters also are keeping an eye on Amazon.es as NES supply in the United States has dried up. Cost of ordering a European version of the NES on Amazon Spain is reasonable.
NES Classic at Target
To check the inventory of local Target stores we recommend to use iStockNow and BrickSeek in combination. If both services say that the NES is in stock at a select Target store, the likelihood is higher that this is indeed the case. It is recommended to look for changes in the stock information over time. If a store had zero NES the day before and now shows 12 in stock, then again the likelihood is higher that you find the NES at that store now.
NES Classic at Walmart
To spot the NES Classic in stock at local Walmart stores we recommend to monitor using BrickSeek and iStockNow. If both services say that the NES is in stock at a select store, the likelihood is higher that this is indeed the case. It also is recommended to look for change in the stock information over time. If a store had zero NES the day before and now shows 12 in stock, then again the likelihood is higher that you find the NES at that store.
The NES Classic was last in stock at GameStop online on March 17. GameStop only offered the NES Classic as part of bundles priced at $79.99. Inventory lasted about 30 minutes. The $79.99 NES Classic Edition bundle included the Miniboss Wireless controller. iStockNow provides in stock notifications for GameStop stores.
NES Classic at ToysRUs Stores
The NES mini has not been not in stock at ToysRUs stores and online shop in a long time. TRU is only selling NES accessories online.
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Popular NES Classic Edition Accessories
About the NES Classic
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.
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 April 13, Nintendo announced to stop production of the NES Classic Edition. The last shipments of the NES Classic arrive through April.
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.
Nintendo NES Classic Sales Numbers
The 80s retro console launched on November 11, 2016. As of December 31, 2016, Nintendo has sold 1.5 million NES Classic Edition. New official NES Classic sales numbers for 2017 are expected to be released on April 27. Read the latest Nintendo NES Classic updates.