Nintendo says second Nintendo Classic Mini NES shipment due in December
If you missed out on Nintendo’s retro console today, you won’t have long to wait.
Nintendo probably didn’t expect the enthusiasm for its Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System to hit quite these levels.
It has officially gone on sale today, but if you’re thinking of dropping down to the shops to pick one up, we’ve got some bad news for you. Your chances of finding one on store shelves is effectively zero unless you’re insanely lucky. EB Games and JB Hi-Fi did offer pre-orders, but those quickly sold out, and right now they’re not even listing the consoles at all.
That left Target and Big W to list them in their catalogues for availability today, but it would appear that whatever stock they had sold out as soon as stores opened today. One Target sales employee told us that they had a larger queue than they could handle at one store at 8am and nothing left a couple of minutes later.
Not surprisingly, Australian stock of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System has already started appearing on eBay at highly inflated prices, up to (from the we’ve seen so far) $500 in one case.
However, even if you are rather retro-crazed, it may be worth holding off on clicking that Buy It Now button. Nintendo’s official announcement of the general availability of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System notes that
the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System second shipment will be available early December. Please check your local retailer for more information.
As such, given the interest level, it’s likely the same kind of rush may well happen in early December, but you’re at least in with a chance.