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Update: Toys’Я’us opened up online orders for the NES Classic Edition once again yesterday. Late last night emails went out to those who ordered initially letting customers know that their orders would be delayed but have now canceled all of those orders.

Original Story:

The NES Classic Edition has just been released by Nintendo and it seems that they weren’t expecting as many people to want to buy a piece of nostalgia as stores can’t keep them in stock. The NES Classic Edition was announced earlier this year. Stores in America such as GameStop, Amazon, BestBuy, and more have been telling fans that they have them in stock only to have them all purchased almost immediately.

For those who are not aware of what the NES Classic Edition is it’s a micro console that looks like the original NES but is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. You can plug a NES Classic Controller into one of the same style ports as you see in the Wiimotes and then plug it into any display that has HDMI. The console comes pre-loaded with 30 classic NES games though there is no way to add any other games to the system so you’ll be stuck with the 30. Some of the bigger titles available on the NES Classic are Super Mario Bros series, The Legend of Zelda, Punch-out, and Ghosts’N Goblins for those of you who want a challenge. Some additional features that accompany the NES Classic Edition include multiple display modes so you can make it look like you’re playing on a CRT again, and even suspend points so you can save and resume your game from wherever you want.

There have already been some incredible stories of people putting up the NES Classic Edition on reseller sites such as Ebay with one seller managing to auction it off for $5,000, and others are already following in tow. If you were looking forward to getting your hands on one but don’t want to pay an exorbitant price Nintendo has tweeted out that they realize there is a large demand and they are working to produce as many of the micro consoles as they can to have them in stores for purchase.

Nintendo also asks that you check your participating local retailers to see what their availability is. The full list of retailers is available on the NES Classic Edition website where you can see the full list of games and features.

What do you think of Nintendo under supplying stores with the NES Classic Edition? Did you manage to get one for yourself? Are you just going to wait for them to be in less demand?

Andrew Stretch

Events Coordinator

I have been playing all kinds of games for as long as I can remember with a particular interest in action adventure and platforming titles. While I am primarily an Xbox gamer I also spend a fair bit of time on the PS4 and on my PC in VR.

  • Zepherdog

    Well they sold out in a matter of hours over here.

  • Homer Simpson

    We have dozens of them in Portugal. No one wants them for some reason.

  • coboney

    Well it sounds like you have an opportunity to buy them up and Ebay them

  • Zepherdog

    For a moment there I was about to make a comment on how people cannot afford consoles due to stupidly high import taxes but I was thinking about Brazil.

  • Homer Simpson

    Are they really selling for high prices?

  • Why would anyone buy this? I could just emulate all these games and more for free.

  • Doubt it. This is a $60 item and I don’t think the margin is worth it after you toss it on eBay.

    It’s not a limited production, just current limited supply.

  • Mr Snow

    When they put one out with a controller length longer than 30 inches I’ll buy one.

    Or a frigging wireless one.

  • Sarusig Musicman

    Novelty. It’s more like amiibos really, a shelf trophy.

  • Sarusig Musicman

    Wow Nintendo under-supplying a console? Why I would have never expected such an unpredictable move!

  • Louis LOM

    Is it really a move? Sometimes I wonder… Of course it ceates a buzz but it bothered me so much this time that I will not try to buy one until I change on finding one while shoping for something else. Oh, and to all parasites rying to sell one for 500$ or more. There is a special place in hell for people like you, you know?

  • Louis LOM

    Were you playing this console in the 80s? If yes, you should understand…

  • Yes I did but I grew up. I am not a slave to nostalgia.

  • So a waste of money.

  • Sarusig Musicman

    that’s pretty much the definition of novelty.

  • Jesus Zamora

    Nintendo’s done this at least three times (Wii, Wii U and various Amiibos). Nintendo has proven that artificial supply constraints work well.

  • Jesus Zamora

    I was under the assumption that the NES wasn’t that big a deal in Europe, so it wouldn’t surprise me. Maybe European users should just buy them up and sell them on eBay to Americans…

  • jaygerbomb

    I believe sometimes they genuinely underestimate the demand out there. Everyone was shocked by how the Wii took off and dominated it’s first few years. Amiibos were somewhat surprising too, and the scalper market didn’t help.

    But this system was expected to be a big hit, there was a lot of buzz around it from the moment it was announced.

  • jaygerbomb

    I went to a local Target to see if I could score one. They opened at 8, and I had *planned* to be there before they opened, but I had my 3 year old with me, and things never go as planned with small children. So, we got there just as they opened and by the time I got him in a cart and got to the electronics department, they were all gone. I think the store got like 12.

    Not a huge deal – we had other stuff we needed from Target and I wasn’t that obsessed that I felt the need to go join the crowd lining up outside of Gamestop, or refresh the page like a madman on Amazon at 5PM. It’s just something that would’ve been a fun novelty, that I really don’t care about at this point. Maybe later when they’re more readily available.

    It’s just frustrating to see Nintendo product launches continuously get botched due to low supply & scalpers getting so much of the stock.

  • jaygerbomb

    I agree they should have a longer cable, or wireless, but if ever do end up getting one of these things, I’ll also be investing in a couple of these as well –

  • Mr Snow

    That’s kinda boss.