Classic Nintendo console a hot commodity

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition video game console has become one of this year’s hottest holiday gifts, making it difficult to find in stores.

However, the console was scheduled to be sold today at most Best Buy retailers, including the one in Benton Township.

The NES Classic Edition is a replica of the original NES system that comes with a built-in library of 30 retro games such as “Super Mario Bros.” and “The Legend of Zelda.”

“Best Buy expects to have only limited quantities available on Dec. 20 that will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis in bricks and mortar stores, but not online,” a store news release stated.

Since there were limited quantities, the Benton Township store treated the release like that of the Black Friday ticketing process. The amount of tickets handed out equaled the amount of consoles available.

No other businesses in Southwest Michigan would confirm plans to sell the consoles today.

Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition in the United States on Nov. 10. The $60 device is being marketed to nostalgic gamers who remember the old games.

The NES Classic Edition sold out at retailers across the world soon after it was made available. Some customers who found consoles have tried selling them online for more than the retail price. In some instances, the consoles have surpassed the $300 mark when resold on eBay.

Officials from the GameStop, Best Buy and Target in Benton Township said their businesses only received a few consoles in November, which sold out within a few hours.

Retailers in the Twin Cities area said they had people travel to their store from Kalamazoo, South Bend and Chicago in search of the game player in November.

The console features the same design as the original console, but is smaller. Nintendo’s hardware also isn’t compatible with game cartridges, so users are only able to play the 30 games that come pre-loaded.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Dec. 20, 2016)

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