People camped overnight outside of Best Buy locations to get ahold of the popular console
If you’ve been procrastinating on your holiday shopping, Tuesday might be your lucky day: Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition video game console, one of the year’s most popular holiday gifts, will be available at Best Buy.
A Best Buy spokesperson told Fortune last week that the store will stock “limited quantities” of the NES Classic Edition, a replica of the original NES system created in 1985 that comes installed with 30 retro games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. Best Buy will sell the device “on a first-come, first-serve basis” in brick-and-mortar locations, though they won’t be available online.
Nintendo first released the NES Classic Edition in the U.S. on Nov. 10. The $60 console has flown off the shelves, particularly among gamers who are itching to play games from their childhoods, and don’t mind missing out on the sophisticated features of modern video games.
The NES Classic Edition has already sold out at retailers like Urban Outfitters, which also received a limited supply of the consoles. Some people who have managed to get ahold of the devices are selling them on eBay for hundreds and even thousands of dollars more than the retail price.
Some ardent video gamers even camped out overnight outside their local Best Buy location to make sure they got one of the consoles. Lines formed in Clovis, Calif. on Monday evening in anticipation of the device’s shipment, according to the local Fox station in Fresno. Meanwhile, undeterred by freezing temperatures in western Pennsylvania on Monday night, bundled-up shoppers held their place in line outside a Best Buy near Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Action 4 News reported.