Posted Fri Nov 11, 2016 at 10:30 AM PST by Brian Hoss
The sold-out fugitive.
Update: Amazon was finally set to offer the NES Classis Edition (2PM PST 11/11/16). Check it here. But after 7 minutes of a crashing website, Amazon announced that the NES Classic was sold out. During a one minute window, this author was able to order a single extra controller.
We're out of stock on the NES Classic Edition. We will let you know when we get more in stock.— Amazon Video Games (@amazongames) November 11, 2016
Ever since Nintendo announced the 'NES Classic Edition,' it has been clear that the $60, HDMI enabled, 30 game product would be a hot holiday item. In spite of the terribly short controller cable length, and static (30 games, no more, no less) nature of the tiny official retro hardware, it has nevertheless been apparent that this very giftable item would fly off the shelves. (See why the console is so desirable here.) That preorders have been very, very limited (especially in North America) has only exacerbated the situation.
Well, today is the launch day, and outside of the grey market, getting one will be tough this weekend. The lines at Best Buy, Target, GameStop, etc. have come and gone.
Personally, I was able to secure one during one the extremely brief preorder windows (see here), and as it happens, that Target order is glacially moving my way. (No Really, it shipped from Target via Fedex on Tuesday, and it's still in the same town.)
I did have plans for picking one up today at 8am, but they went awry big time. By 8:15am, it was all over. Subsequent store openings saw the same thing, and small multitudes were left wanting. (I imagine Sony wished the PS4 Pro would move at even a fraction of that speed. Could we see a PSone Classic come next year?) I suspect that the mania will get bigger before things subside, but if anyone has some interesting NES Classic related stories, please share them in the comments below.
As a reminder, here are the 30 games that will be included on the mini, HDMI enabled system:
Super Mario Bros.™
Super Mario Bros.™ 3
The Legend of Zelda™
Super Mario Bros.™ 2
Punch-Out!!™ Featuring Mr. Dream
Donkey Kong Jr.™
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
MEGA MAN® 2
For anyone who wants to check and see if Amazon has stock of the NES Mini, see below. (Stock is promised for 2PM PSt on 11/11/16)
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