Getting your hands on the NES Classic is pretty difficult right now. The hit of nostalgia only costs $60, so it’s out of stock at basically every retailer worth talking about.
To try and give people a fighting chance at owning the tiny console (and drive holiday-time shoppers to its website), Walmart has announced that it will sell a limited quantity of the NES Classic on its site every day this week.
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The flash sale will happen every day at 5PM ET, right at this link. You’ll have to be fast, as the sale today — which wasn’t as widely advertised — sold out in minutes. To get your hands on the console, you’ll probably want to pre-create a Walmart account and enter your information, make sure you’re logged in, and start hitting refresh. (You can also download Chrome extensions to auto-refresh your page every couple of seconds, if you’re feeling lucky.) Experience gained buying concert tickets also tells me that having a couple different devices ready to go will also be helpful.
The NES Classic is a $60 miniature version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System. It can’t take the old game cartridges, it doesn’t have any fancy online features, and it won’t do strange VR things for you. What it will do, however, is play 30 classic games, all pre-loaded and included with the $60 pricetag, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Castlevania, Mega Man 2, Metroid and Donkey Kong.
In our review, we said that”the NES Classic Edition isn’t a perfect product, but it is a smart, affordable, attractive device that blows all of those other retro consoles you’ve seen lining store shelves at Target and Walmart out of the water. If you’re looking for a great gift for a gamer in your life (or a holiday treat for yourself), look no further.”