Target will sell the NES Classic Mini online next Monday at 8am

Alex Kidman 8 December 2016

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You’ll have to be both quick and lucky to score a NES Classic Mini console from Target.

Nintendo’s NES Classic Mini has been the hit toy this Christmas season, but one with a serious problem. Not that it isn’t fun, as we found out in our review, but that the supply of actual consoles has been seriously constrained. When EB Games tried to run a pre-order online for its December stock of the consoles, it melted its servers not once, but twice on consecutive days, leaving many consumers upset and frustrated at wasted time and online store baskets that wouldn’t resolve after hours of trying.

Next Monday will be Target’s turn to see how well it has fine tuned its load balancing, with the retailer announcing that it will offer its stock of NES Classic Mini consoles for sale from 8am for online purchases only. As reported by Vooks, in order to secure one you’ll have to hope that Target’s servers stay up, but you’ll also need to have an existing Target online account set up beforehand. With supply limited, it seems likely that some customers will win out while others are stuck with loading screens or server meltdowns.

It certainly seems that there’s no shortage of hunger for the consoles, with eBay still listing plenty of units selling for north of $250, a serious mark-up from the recommended $99 retail price.

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