The NES Classic is back in stores. Here's how to get it

Donna Miller
June 30, 2018

The new controller is an adapted version of the same wireless controller that 8BitDo made for the NES Classic Edition back in 2016 and while the changes are not huge, they are notable. Walmart didn't say how much stock it'll have to sell, so if you decide to head out to a store in the middle of the night, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get there early.

Demand was high enough last time that some stores are once again predicting shortages, though Nintendo has promised that it'll keep stock available and flowing throughout the end of the year on both the NES and SNES Classic. The list includes the usual suspects, like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart so your best bet would be checking local retail store for stock and their websites. GameStop, for instance, said earlier in the week that it will have at least 10 consoles per store available when doors open on the morning of the 29th.

ThinkGeek has informed us that they will have limited quantities of the NES Classic Edition on sale right here at 9am EST. Eastern. On Twitter, the company said it expects the inventory to go fast.

Besides allowing you to play some of the most historically important video games of all time in one place, the Nintendo NES Classic is better than the original Nintendo in a couple of ways.

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Nintendo's second iteration of the NES Classic is available online and in-person at stores the world over.

Those are all of the retailers we've heard from thus far, but we can nearly certainly count on Amazon to stock the console as well. In general, shopping in-store gives you the best chance of securing a console, especially if you can commit to lining up ahead of time. Supply was vastly outstripped by demand, and numerous units that were made available went straight into the hands of resellers that sold the console at a premium.

Nintendo announced that a limited re-release of the miniature game system would launch today, June 29 at several stores, including Best Buy and ThinkGeek. No bundles and only one console per customer - as it should be. As of Friday, you can now pick up the NES Classic Edition. Whatever you do, don't pay more than $60 to buy one.

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