People want the NES Classic Edition, so much so that it is sold out just about everywhere. Except if you are willing to fund the seedy world of scalpers.
Nintendo often releases devices and Amiibo’s with manufactured scarcity to help drive the hype for what they are selling. People always want things that are more difficult to acquire and the big N knows this. The NES Classic Edition emulates 30 old NES games
eBay is of course filled with listings of the emulating machine with 30 NES games on it, all trying to make a quick dollar on the fact they own one and you don’t.
One listing even offers to fly the NES Classic Edition to you, same day. For that, you just need to meet their $60,000 asking price.
On the other end of the spectrum, someone is offering to sell you just the box for $2.25 + $3.09 shipping.
If you can’t wait for retailers to get the mini-NES back in stock, which Nintendo promises to happen before the holidays, and if you do decide to buy from somewhere like eBay, make sure you read the description carefully and follow all the safety measures you can. We don’t want to have to write an article about you for paying hundreds of dollars for a printout of a NES Classic Edition or something.
There will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year. 2/3
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) November 11, 2016
If you were unsure of what games you could play, you probably aren’t reading this but if you are and you are interested in what your money gets you, then here is the full list of games:
- Super Mario Bros.™
- Super Mario Bros.™ 3
- The Legend of Zelda™
- Donkey Kong™
- Mega Man® 2
- FINAL FANTASY®
- Kirby’s Adventure™
- NINJA GAIDEN
- Super Mario Bros.™ 2
- Dr. Mario™
- Punch-Out!!™ Featuring Mr. Dream
- Balloon Fight™
- Donkey Kong Jr.™
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™
- Ice Climber™
- Kid Icarus™
- DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
- BUBBLE BOBBLE
- TECMO BOWL
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
- Mario Bros.™
- SUPER C™
- GHOSTS’N GOBLINS®
So if you can’t wait for the NES Classic Edition to be restocked but you own other consoles or a PC, the non-Nintendo games are available on the likes of PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and Steam. The Nintendo exclusives like Super Mario Brothers titles are generally available on the Wii U Virtual Console. Plus, as Nintendo say on their own website the Virtual Console has “Classics Made Better.”