The worldwide struggle to bag a Nintendo Classic Mini NES has been tough on everyone. If you've managed to resist the lure of the eBay reseller (damn their eyes), we have some good news for you: the Nintendo Classic Mini NES will be available to buy on Target's online store today for $99. Here are some online buying tips to improve your chances.
We've all felt the frustration of missing out on an online flash sale. It sucks - especially if you made it all the way to checkout, only to receive a 'sold out' message at the last second.
While there's no way to ensure against website crashes and other technical issues beyond your control, there are a few tips you can employ to increase your chances of success. But first, here are the important facts about Monday's Nintendo Classic Mini NES sale.
Nintendo Classic Mini NES Target Sale: What Time Does It Start?
Target will sell the Nintendo Classic Mini NES from December 12 at 8.00am AEDT. There is a limit of one per customer and as with all previous sales, stock is expected to be extremely limited.
Nintendo Classic Mini NES Target Sale: Can I Get It In Store?
Nope. The console will be sold exclusively through Target's online store. Here is the link to Target's Nintendo Classic Mini NES product page. Target is recommending customers sign into their Target Online account prior to the sale starting. (If you're already not a member, you can set up a Target Account here.)
Nintendo Classic Mini NES online buying tips
This is a flash sale and stock will sell out in minutes, if no seconds. Provided Target's servers are suitably equipped to handle the load, you can increase your chances of buying one by following these tips:
- Use fast, reliable internet: Well, duh. If your home internet is a bit rubbish, you might be better off buying through your smartphone.
- Log in well before the sale starts: You should be in front of Target's Nintendo Classic Mini NES product page by 7:45 at the latest. With that said, don't constantly refresh the page. The sale won't start before 8:00am AEDT, so hammering refresh will achieve nothing (except possibly crashing the website.)
- Use two devices: Get a friend you can trust to follow the same process, thus doubling your chances. (If you're both successful, you can sell the second one on eBay for a tidy profit. You blackguard.)
- Have a backup 'guest' tab ready: During the infamous EB Games website crash, the retailer sent out an urgent tweet urging people not to use their EB World profile. (Previously, customers had been advised to sign into their accounts before the sale to improve their chances.) It therefore might be worth keeping an incognito tab open of the Nintendo Classic Mini NES product page, just in case.
- Make sure shipping details can be auto filled: If the computer you're using doesn't have any of your details saved, sort this out ahead of time. If the fields can be auto filled, the checkout process will be much faster. (You can do this by purchasing a random product on Target's online store, paying for it online and immediately canceling it. The cookies relating to order processing will now be saved.)
Remember, this thing will likely be freely available in the new year - so if you don't specifically need it for a Christmas gift, we advise you just wait.
This story originally appeared on Lifehacker