The mini NES Classic Edition, darling of the 2016 holiday season, has been relaunched by Nintendo today.
Alas, the micro-console’s biggest problem seems to have accompanied it: It’s out-of-stock almost everywhere online, and where inventory remains it does so at inflated prices. The $60 console is already selling for over $100 online, and it’s not worth anywhere close to that much.
Sure, you get some old classics like The Legend of Zelda and the original Super Mario Bros. (30 games in total) but they’re just not worth paying over $60 for.
And you can find these for MSRP today still, if you’re willing to do a little legwork.
The trick to getting a mini NES Classic Edition is to actually go buy one at a brick-and-mortar store, assuming you have some of those nearby. Places like Walmart, Target and GameStop have these in stock for $60. You can check local stores’ inventory online, but I’d call and then hurry in if they’re in stock. I’ve checked around my home town and there are NES Classics in store right now.
Don’t pay extra online, period. This may be the first, but it’s not the last wave of NES Classic Edition units that Nintendo is shipping this year. If you miss out this time, just wait for the next batch. Whatever you do, don’t pay scalpers exorbitant sums of money for a retro console.
Another bit of good news: There’s a new wireless controller for the NES Classic Edition that solves the hardware’s most annoying issue. The cables on the retro console are just way too short. With a wireless controller, you no longer have to worry about that. 8bitDo’s controller costs $25 and you can pre-order it here.