The NES Classic Edition might be the hardest piece of technology to get right now. At just $60 it is a true deal, and it comes with 30 games from your childhood. But a big issue is that it went on sale yesterday, 11/11/16, and it is sold out everywhere. Plus, there was limited stock on day one, something that Nintendo is evidently superb at doing.
They had stock issues with the original Wii and with the more recent Pokémon Go Plus. You think a company like this, who is promoting the product as a great holiday gift, would have realized the demand. Virtual sales of the NES Classic Edition managed to completely take down Gamestop and Amazon’s server slowed down and presented error pages. The latter was a first as Amazon is known for having a large backend.
The console is currently sold out from all retailers, and those who waited online at retail stores did not all end up happy. As most stores only get 5 or 6 units of the console. I am hoping that Nintendo will start to ramp up production, as they apparently did not plan for demand.
Nintendo put out this statement;
“The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system is a hot item, and we are working hard to keep up with consumer demand. There will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year. Please contact your local retailers to check product availability. A selection of participating retailers can be found at www.Nintendo.com/nes-classic.”
It seems that the company understands that it is a hot item, but they don’t seem too urgent with cranking out units. As they claim, the supply increase will go into early 2017. But in the meantime fans of the company re getting upset, especially with NES Classic Editions being on eBay for up to 10 times the price.