Are you out hunting for the NES Classic Edition for a Christmas gift but are unable to find it? Well you’re not alone. Nintendo completely dropped the ball with its hottest item of the holiday season and they’re nearly impossible to find outside of the secondary market. If you really want one, you can grab one for like $200 on sites like Amazon or Ebay. If you don’t want to pay that, and I don’t blame you, you might have an opportunity coming up in a couple weeks.
In case you weren’t aware, Nintendo released a special version of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System called the NES Classic Edition. This is a $60 console that comes with 30 classic NES titles including Donkey Kong, Kirby’s Adventure, Super Mario Bros., Mega Man 2, Metroid, Pac-Man, The Legend of Zelda and more. You can see the full list of games included with the console here. It’s an excellent value purchase for people of all ages, whether you’re a hardcore gamer or just someone who might just play a game every once in a while.
As a result of an abysmal hardware supply and an insane demand, these things are borderline impossible to find. However, if you’re desperately trying to find one, you might be in luck. The consoles are occasionally being resupplied at various locations but it seems there may be one reliable date to target.
Thanks to Twitter user Oscar Muñoz, a premature email from Best Buy reveals that the chain will be resupplied with the consoles on December 20th. So if you’re really trying to pick up an NES Classic Edition for the holidays, make a note somewhere to be at your local Best Buy on December 20th when the store opens and maybe you’ll be in some luck. I would definitely suggest calling around the night before to find out which stores in your area will have them in stock.