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Best Buy and GameStop Restocking NES Classic Edition Before Christmas

19 December 2016
Best Buy and GameStop Restocking NES Classic Edition Before Christmas

It's an in-demand product that doesn't stay too long on a store's shelf.

If you're lucky enough to get one at Best Buy, that means you'll be paying the regular retail price of $59.99USD and not be forced to buy the one on eBay for $88,888USD. But Best Buy just announced that more than 1,000 of its Big Box stores will be selling the Nintendo console on December 20.

As first reported by BGR, GameSpot has confirmed with the retailer that the hard-to-find system will be back in "limited quantities". You'll have to go to an actual store, because they won't be on BestBuy.com. Buyers are advised to wait in line. The rundown is that it'll be handled like Black Friday, with tickets being handed out to customers in as much quantity as they'll actually have in stock. In addition, customers are only allowed to purchase one each.

It states the consoles will be sold in-store, but not on Best Buy's website.

Amazon has been drip-feeding NES Classic Edition stock into the market for the past couple of days, but unless you're an Amazon Prime member living in one of the chosen cities with access to Prime Now delivery, you probably didn't get one.

It's not only the gamers who will get a ideal Christmas gift.

According to the industry tracking analyst group, Nintendo move 196,000 units between the console's launch on November 11 and the end of the month - a number that comes as year-over-year hardware spending dropped 35-percent.

But there's some new perspective indicating that the retro console is far more popular than Nintendo's flagship games platform, the Wii U. It is bundled with 30 pre-installed NES games, a NES Classic Controller, an HDMI cable and an AC adapter.