The NES Classic Edition is an updated version of the Nintendo Entertainment System that made its debut way back in 1985.
Interestingly, the popular apparel firm Urban Outfitters is conducting an online flash sale to offer gamers this revised console that was first launched in November. Expected to be available in limited quantity, the sale is being planned for the upcoming holiday season and will be a morning sale based on what the company told Thrillist. The console is considered as one of the top selling gaming devices of all times. According to a report by The Verge, the first time this console was sold was through a flash sale held by Walmart in mid November. Needless to say, there was an overwhelming response and the entire stock got depleted in much less than an hour. The updated version that is due to arrive shortly will come preloaded with 30 popular games such as Mario, Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, Balloon Fight and Donkey Kong. These games will display pixelated images that make them brighter and sharper than the earlier versions.Interestingly, not all the games have been developed by Nintendo. The device includes games from other popular publishers like Capcom, Bandai Namco and Konami. Telegraph states that NES Classic Edition is truly the best gift that one can hope to have for Christmas.
Sales through Toys R Us and other sources
If you cannot wait till the flash sale by Urban Fitters, you can grab your favorite console from the popular US retailer Toys R Us right away. A spokesperson of the retailer mentioned that they expect rapid sales to take place when their shops opened as early as 8 am for Christmas sales. However, the store is taking steps to ensure that it sells only one piece to a person. This is to avoid people doing multiple purchases to do gray market sales in an attempt to earn some quick money. With the demand for the console being extremely high and availability being equally less, such sales are already in the limelight. You can lay your hands on the NES Classic Edition through various other online and offline sources in the gray market at exorbitant prices.Although stores like Target have currently run out of stock, they are striving hard to meet customer requirements and trying to find ways to top up their inventory in the holiday season. This has been confirmed by a CNBC representative after speaking to Target.
Based on a News Every Day statement, GameStop locations all over the United States have started adding more pieces of the console to their existing stock. In fact, these locations have had some stock since the end of November. Those residing in and around New York must definitely consider trying their luck at the Rockefeller Nintendo Store. This store is not only known for keeping a good inventory of Nintendo products, but can also help you avail discounts on them. In a nutshell, this will undoubtedly lessen your hunting escapade very much.
Looking up online for stock availability
Owing to the huge demand and shortage of availability, it pays to check out online where you can pick up your favorite gadget. The NowInStock website allows you to look for brick and mortar stores in the US that have stock of the NES Classic Edition. The zip code specific checker tool integrated in the website makes the search even easier by keeping you informed about stocked stores in your surroundings. This gives you details about how far such a store is from your place and the number of units in stock. However, you must remember to adhere to the terms and conditions of the website for performing the search operation. Added to this useful feature, the website allows you to set in-stock notifications to keep you updated about the availability of the console from your favorite retailer.
Features of NES Classic Edition
Like with any gaming console, this device comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. The console not only feels and looks like the original NES, but also offers the same emulation. The NES Classic Edition can be easily connected to your television’s USB port without making use of an AC adapter. The preloaded library games that were launched between 1984 and 1993 cater to the tastes of people of all age groups. Supporting HDMI connectivity and sporting a 720p display, the small size of the unit makes it easily portable for gamers. Although only one wire controller is offered in the box along with the console, you can use the device can be used with additional controllers that you buy separately or even with wireless controllers.
On the flip side, the controller cable that comes with the console is very short. This in turn means that you will end up sitting very close to the TV when you pair up the two devices compared to popular counterparts like PlayStation and Xbox offerings. This may cause a strain on your eyes if you play the game for a long period of time without interruption. Another drawback is that while it is very much like the original Nintendo in many ways, it does not support the accessories of this device. Also, you can only play the existing inbuilt games as there is no way to use it with any other titles that may interest you.