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The Nintendo NES Classic launched yesterday and gamers flocked to get their hands on the new retro mini console but stores everywhere sold out of their limited inventory within minutes leaving some customers seriously pissed. The hotly anticipated miniature version of the original Nintendo NES packs 30 retro games into a tiny replica console and only costs $59.99. It was available for sale at GameStop, Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy (to name a few). And a limited stock appeared on Amazon yesterday at 5PM EST, but the site was quickly swarmed by gamers only to have their hopes dashed when inventory depleted in less time than it took to add the item to their shopping carts and check out. Angry customers left behind a flurry of poor reviews, driving the average rating of the console down to an abysmal 1.5 stars with nearly three thousand reviews recorded.
Only 13 minutes after Amazon released the units for sale, at 5:13 EST, Amazon Games tweeted out the news that they had completely sold through their inventory.
We’re out of stock on the NES Classic Edition. We will let you know when we get more in stock.
— Amazon Video Games (@amazongames) November 11, 2016
Four hours later, and after firestorm of angry tweets from upset customers, Amazon responded to reassure gamers that they were working hard to get more consoles back in stock.
Demand for the NES Classic outstripped inventory. We know this is a must-have item and we are working to get more. Stay tuned.
— Amazon Video Games (@amazongames) November 12, 2016
Nintendo also responded to the inventory shortages in a series of tweets saying,
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 availability. A selection of participating retailers can be found @ http://Nintendo.com/nes-classic
The good news for gamers is that the reviews so far for the actual console (not the shopping experience) seem rather positive. The retro experience delivers with different graphics options, quality controllers, and easy setup. Unfortunately, we couldn’t post a review of our own because we couldn’t get our hands on one either. But we’ll keep our ears open and let you know when more consoles hit the shelves!
Until then, Game On!