You don’t have to spend $250 on eBay to get an NES Classic. Have some patience, and try Walmart instead.
At 2 p.m. Pacific time today and every day through November 18, Walmart.com will have a quantity of NES Classic Edition systems up for sale. That means you should have your ecommerce finger ready to go within the hour on this page if you want to snag one at the $60 price. The throwback system, which is a miniaturized version of the original 8-bit NES that comes with 30 built-in games, debuted November 11. It sold out almost instantly, and it even caused Amazon and other retailers’ websites to crash. This has led GamesBeat to speculate on our official podcast that Nintendo is purposefully limiting supply to generate buzz.
But it looks like second and third shipments are on their way to stores like Walmart, and you should likely have the opportunity to find and purchase one before the holiday gift-giving season.
The NES Classic is one of Nintendo’s biggest products this fall. The company doesn’t really have anything for the Wii U, and the 3DS handheld is relying heavily on the Pokémon Sun and Moon games. But it definitely seems like the NES Classic is more than making up for a lack of other major releases. GameStop had lines out the door, and some people spent most of November 11 attempting to track down this nostalgic little box. With thousands of NES Classics up for sale on eBay at prices at around $250 or more, the demand is clearly huge.
And that demand is going to make it so that Walmart’s daily allotment is going to sell out quick, so have your credit card out and ready to go.