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NES Classic Edition Walmart price gouging: don't get tricked

24 December 2016
NES Classic Edition Walmart price gouging: don't get tricked

"We might have one today and not tomorrow but we always have the reproduction consoles that play the classic games", Smith said.

Retro gifts seem to be popular this holiday season, and perhaps the most popular one is the Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition, a reboot of the retro game console. Unfortunately, getting the mini NES has been a real challenge, as it's constantly been sold out just about everywhere.

There are still opportunities to find a Nintendo NES Classic in stock on Thursday, Dec. 22.

Nintendo just announced on Twitter to sell the NES Classic Edition at 2 pm ET at the Nintendo Store in NY. Any stores carrying the item won't be using any type of signs to show availability, and they will be sold on the first-come, first-served basis.

The flash sale is only available to Amazon Prime members who are designated within the delivery zone of the 14 mentioned cities in the United States. "Even Nintendo put out a classic system this year". The downside is the countless hours of people spent in line and the caused frustration.

However, trying to find the NES Classic Edition in stores or online at retail' price has been nearly like a video game in itself.

Among big retailers, Target is still selling the console, but only in its brick-and-mortar stores.

According to Thrillist, shoppers can find a handful of options available like At Games' Sega Genesis Classic Console that costs between $35 and $70 at Bed, Bath & Beyond and on Amazon. Resellers offer the NES on the Amazon marketplace are $210 and up.

Nintendo also had NES Classic systems in stock at its NYC store on December 21-they sold out quickly.

The NES Classic still retails at $60.

The system comes pre-installed with 30 games like 'Super Mario Brothers', 'The Legend of Zelda', and 'Pac-Man'. "We carry the original NES here", Dibble notes.