So, since Nintendo hasn’t fulfilled its promise [yet] to get an NES Classic Edition into the hands of anyone that with cash in hand, we have to wait on stores to announce new stock — the latest of which is Best Buy. The electronics retailer says that starting December 20th, it will have "limited quantities” available in its brick and mortar locations and that they will be sold on a “first-come, first-serve basis.”
Interestingly enough, Best Buy won’t be opening the floodgates for online sales at the same time. That means if you want to get an NES Classic Edition in time for Christmas for your son or daughter (or for yourself), you’ll be camping out the night before (or earlier) in front of a Best Buy location to get one. And given that cold, winter weather is starting to spread across much of the United States, that could make for some pretty miserable holiday shoppers (those $200+ eBay listings might be looking good right about now).
The Nintendo NES Classic Edition retails for $59.99, connects to your modern TV with an HDMI cable, and includes a single controller (albeit with an extremely short cable). For those that don’t want to stand right in front of their TV to play Excitebike or Castlevania, there are third-party wireless controllers from Nyko and 8bitdo available so that you can game from the comfort of your couch.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, here’s the full list of the 30 games that come preinstalled on the console:
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Dr. Mario
- FINAL FANTASY
- GHOSTS'N GOBLINS
- Ice Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby's Adventure
- Mario Bros.
- MEGA MAN 2
- NINJA GAIDEN
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- SUPER C
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- TECMO BOWL
- The Legend of Zelda
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Updated December 19th, 2016
Best Buy recently confirmed that the NES Classic Edition will be available in over 1,000 retail stores -- it also confirmed that there will be no stock at BestBuy.com. "Just like on Black Friday, our stores will have a ticketing process for customers waiting in line," states Best Buy. "We will only pass out as many tickets as we have consoles available, and we’ll have a limit of one per customer."
In other words, if you lined up outside a Best Buy store to get an NES Classic Edition and don't get handed a ticket, it's time to pack up your tent and go home.
Update December 20th, 2016
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