EB Games lists (and sells out) of the NES Classic Mini in seconds

Alex Kidman 10 January 2017

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Gamers had to get in fast to scratch that retro itch.

Nintendo surprised many when it announced the Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Edition, but that was small potatoes compared to the genuine outrage felt by many when they actually tried to score one of what proved to be Christmas 2016’s truly hard-to-find items.

The first shipment sold out rapidly, and EB Games provided a key lesson in how not to manage customer expectations with its second run, which melted its online ordering servers. So it rescheduled, only to have exactly the same thing happen the very next day. Target tried the same thing a week later, with precisely the same server-killing results.

Nintendo had announced that it would make a larger run of consoles available in early 2017, and it appears that its time has come. Or had come, given that EB Games put the Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Edition back on sale today. Don’t bother heading to the site, however, as it appears to have sold out of stock almost as fast as it’s been put up. Possibly faster.

What this practically means, however, is that the new shipments of the console are heading to Australia, so it would be wise to keep your eyes peeled at other retailers for fresh stock. Competitors JB Hi-Fi, Target and Big W have all offered the console in the past, so it would be sensible to keep your eyes peeled for online or in store sale offers. As our review noted, it's certainly worth waiting for.

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