Christmas 2016 will forever be remembered as the year people went legit bananas for a retro NES console. The thing was a piece of plastic that only played 30 games from the 8-bit era - but nostalgia is a powerful thing. So powerful, that demand completely eclipsed supply, leading to crashed websites, exhausted stock and thousands of empty-handed customers.
For those still on a Zelda-like quest to procure this mythical gizmo, we have some good news: the Nintendo NES Classic Edition is now available in JB Hi-FI stores, Australia wide. Hurrah!
Update: The online link has sold out, but a JB staffer confirmed with Alex earlier today over the phone that all stores received a shipment of the NES Classic Mini this morning. You'll have to try your luck in store; if the option to buy online becomes available again, we'll let you know.
As reported on Press Start Australia, the biggest allocation of NES Classic Minis are now hitting JB Hi-FI stores around the country:
We can confirm that almost every JB Hi-Fi store in Australia has received stock with some stores receiving as many units as 50 units. This is by far the biggest drop of stock that JB Hi-Fi stores have seen since the unit released in November.
Hopefully, this means the days of struggling to purchase one online before the site crashes and/or stock runs out are history. You can purchase the console from JB Hi-Fi's online store which we've linked above. It's retailing for $99. (You should also pick up a second controller for $19 so you can play with a chum.)
Alternatively, here's a guide to building your own mini Nintendo SNES. All you need is a Raspberry Pi, some emulators and a little DIY know-how. It probably won't be as cute but it will play better games (and more of them.)
The NES Classic Edition is a miniature version of the original 1986 video game console officially produced by Nintendo. It comes equipped with a HDMI port, a wireless controller and 30 inbuilt games. We recently put it to the test and fell in love with all over again. Here is our verdict.
Yesterday, Target attempted to sell the highly-coveted Nintendo Classic Mini NES on its website. Predictably, its e-store struggled to handle the surge in traffic and stock sold out in minutes. It wasn't the first Mini NES flash sale and it likely won't be the last either. If you keep missing out, here are some online buying tips to improve your chances of getting one.
[Via Press Start Australia]