EB Games shuffles Nintendo Classic Mini NES sale by a day
EB Games’ site melted at midday, so it's going to try again tomorrow.
EB Games had sold out of its original allotment of Nintendo Classic Mini NES consoles some time back, and announced over the weekend that it would offer the second shipment up from midday.
Rather predictably, come midday, the hordes descended and EB Games’ server suffered. Some folks appeared to get through, but plenty didn’t, and there was much frustration as people with consoles in checkout baskets couldn’t complete their purchases. We’re amongst that group, having twice had the server delete our checkout cart, only to add it again and then fail at the last critical step. Frustrating doesn't begin to describe it.
It appears that EB Games has formally thrown in the towel after 40-odd minutes of server meltdowns, announcing that it’s going to reopen pre-orders at the same time again tomorrow.
EB Games released the following statement via its Facebook page:
In preparation for the Mini NES December shipment, we massively increased our server space to account for 30,000 people, which is twice as much as our previous site traffic record.
Today, that amount was exceeded due to unprecedented demand for this console.
We are doubling our server space to accommodate anywhere up to 60,000 simultaneous customers on the website. This item will be available at 12PM Sydney time tomorrow.
JB Hi-Fi did put a limited quantity of stock up for order earlier in the day, but without much in the way of fanfare, and all those units are now completely sold out.