NES Classic Edition Releases Today; Quick Sells Out, Now Going for $200+

The system has shortcomings: a lack of internet connectivity, no way to expand the games lineup, and short cables (which can be addressed with...
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    The much-anticipated NES Classic Edition, the $60 standalone system that lets you play 30 NES games on your TV, launches today. Unfortunately, that high anticipation likely means you won't be able to get your hands on one right away--at least not without giving up some extra cash.

    The system has shortcomings: a lack of internet connectivity, no way to expand the games lineup, and short cables (which can be addressed with third-party wireless controllers or extension cables). Despite all of this, the Classic Edition is a solid, affordable way to play NES games. Not only that, but, the emulation seen with one is actually superior to that of the Virtual Console on Wii and Wii U.

    Whatever the specific reason, demand is incredibly high, and it's looked for months as if it could easily be the holiday season's best-selling console (albeit at a much lower cost than the PS4 or Xbox One). Unfortunately, as with Nintendo's previous smash-hit, the Wii, that demand is outpacing supply, something the company acknowledged in a statement to GameSpot.

    "The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system is a hot item, and we are working hard to keep up with consumer demand," a company spokesperson says. "There will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year. Please contact your local retailers to check product availability."

    It might be encouraging to hear that more systems will be delivered before the end of the year, but there's no telling how long it will be before you're able to easily obtain one.

    That uncertainty has already created quite the resale market on places like Amazon and eBay: Hundreds of systems have already sold through the latter, many for more than $200. Listings on Amazon start at $250 as of this writing, with the vast majority in excess of $300. Mind you, we don't know if these Amazon listings are selling, but it's telling that none are available for less than that.

    Like with Virtual Console, the Classic Edition offers save states for each game and multiple display modes. Manuals, however, are not included on the system itself; you'll instead scan a QR code that directs you to ones located online. You can see a full list of included games here.

    Source: GameSpot

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  1. Master
    I am going to see if I can stop by Gamestop after work and see if they have any left. I might be able to flip the cash or keep it myself for nostalgia purposes.
  2. Planetmaster
    It has the same basic selling technique as drugs, buy a kilo,(100 consoles) sell it when supply is low for high amounts of money. It's down to you who you want to be in this situation......
  3. Om Nomnivore
    I currently have one on ebay, plan to sell another, keeping one and gifting the last one
  4. Om Nomnivore
    I managed 4 consoles and 2 controllers
  5. QuantumBlunt
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    I was first in line at Best Buy at 5:30am, rained a bit at like 7am but it stopped soon after and people were lining up lol
    So I got the first console + a controller
    The console is great though
  6. 3xTiNcT
    Forgot that came out today. That would explain some lines I saw/heard of.
  7. cracka brew
    I saw some sold on ebay for $2000-$4000.... :frown:
  8. Cynder
    It sucks that even the separate controllers are sold out, its the only thing I am looking for, so I can play my nes emulator on a more "authentic" controller
  9. WWE
    Once there are more in stores, I plan on getting one and playing with my dad. It'll be a blast.
  10. PSGAndr3w
    I remember when they would order multiple copies of the Fallout Pip-Boy Edition and do the same. Really damn annoying.