At this point, anyone who was planning on buying their kids (and, let’s be real, themselves) a NES Classic Edition as a Christmas present has probably resigned themselves to paying a strange man off Craigslist four times the asking price. The Classic is out of stock everywhere, and even though Target is drip-feeding consoles into stores, you have to get crazy lucky to actually buy one.
An unlikely hero is coming to the rescue, however: Urban Outfitters, the neo-hipster skinny jeans vendor, has announced it’s going to be selling the NES Classic Edition online. Page-refreshing fingers at the ready, everyone.
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The NES Classic Edition will only be sold online, with stock becoming available sometime on Tuesday, December 6th. There’s no details on precise timing, but we’ve reached out to Urban Outfitters about this crucially important matter and will waste no time in updating if we find out more.
As this is the first time the store has sold the NES Classic, there’s no link that you can prepare to constantly F5-spam. Instead, I’d recommend using something like this to ping the webpage and check if something changes. Obviously, you’ll want to be online at midnight to see if the stock goes live.
In case you’re thinking that this level of obsession is borderline insane for a retro games console, you probably aren’t aware of how popular these things are. We’ve seen numerous stories of customers camping outside Target at 3AM to get consoles, orders coming from international Amazon stores, and consoles selling for $4,000 on eBay.
Currently, Walmart and Target are both out of stock, although more is trickling in little by little. Target has been prioritizing delivery to random physical Target stores, while Walmart has been drip-feeding inventory online.