It was obvious from the moment that Nintendo announced the NES Classic Edition mini-console that they would be a must-have holiday gift. At just $60 and packed-in with 30 NES games, a retro NES controller, and an HDMI cable, the plug-and-play system is a great value and a huge nostalgia trip for those who grew up in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.
Unlike most product announcements, this one didn’t go up for preorder right away. Normally places like GameStop, Amazon, and Best Buy would be tripping over themselves to secure reservations. This hasn’t happened yet, and that’s probably due to Nintendo not committing to a specific number of units per retailer. Or, perhaps, Nintendo wants the retailers to begin taking the orders on a specific date.
This hasn’t stopped two retailers in the U.S. from taking preorders, and then promptly selling out. A few weeks back Toys R Us opened up orders, and now early this morning at about 2 a.m. CT, Target’s website did as well. Unfortunately many of us were fast asleep and by the time our alarm clocks woke us out of bed, Target had already sold out of its reservations. That’s not to say that both retailers won’t be getting more quantities and could therefore reopen the preorder process. At this point, it’s anybody’s guess as to when the other major retailers will allow people to throw money down toward the purchase of the NES Classic Edition. I just hope Nintendo realizes how big this device could be for the holidays and makes more than enough to go around.