It may come as a surprise that a simple video game console is making a comeback, but this holiday season, knowing where to buy the NES Classic mini will make you a holiday hero. Nintendo’s newest retro release has been creating quite the firestorm across the nation as people scramble to snatch up this gift in time for the holidays. If you have been checking everywhere throughout your town, you’re not the only one feeling frustrated about your inability to snag an NES Classic mini, you’re not the only one. However, the good news is that Toys ‘R’ Us will have a limited restock of consoles beginning Sunday, December 4th.
If you’re thinking what we’re thinking, you’ll be running to your closest Toys ‘R’ Us in the morning to grab one. But, if this restock is anything like the last one (and let’s be real, it probably will be), you may be hard pressed to find a NES Classic mini in the store. Since November, avid gamers, collectors, and yes, casual players like ourselves have been lining up for hours only to get inside the store and find out that less than 10 units were available in the first place. This Nintendo Classic has been a resellers’ dream though; second-hand sites have been surging with overpriced listings of the NES Classic mini due to the overwhelming demand.
If you’re not looking to pay big bucks for a console that is worth less than $100, we don’t blame you. All we can do is cross our fingers and hope that we can snag one at Toys ‘R’ Us. Although word on the street is that Target, Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and GameStop might receive additional units before 2016 comes to a close, there aren’t many details besides that surrounding potential availability.
Although Nintendo has said that it is “working hard to keep up with consumer demand,” we can’t help but feel like this is the Pokémon Go crisis of summer ’16 all over again.
C’mon, Nintendo. Don’t keep letting us down.