NES Classic consoles are slowly starting to trickle back into stores, and GameStop is the latest chain to get a new shipment of consoles. According to reports on Twitter, stores are limited to a couple consoles, and customers can only buy one console per person.
A GameStop announcement said stock is “limited,” so you’re probably best to call your local store and confirm. The number of consoles each store gets depends on geographical location and size — some have been getting over a dozen units, while smaller locations are limited to one or two. In any case, it’s not an overwhelming number of units going on shelves, so you’d better get there quick.
Across all retailers, this is looking like a good week for stock. Although it’s still difficult to buy the console online — Best Buy sold out in 20 minutes, last time there was some available — in-store sales are looking up. Target and Walmart have both had significant shipments arrive, and ToysRUs is rumored to get a bunch of stock in later this week. Overall, things are looking better than during the Great Pre-Christmas NES Classic Shortage of 2016.
If you’re planning on staking out a store to get a console, we previously published a guide on how to get one from people who’ve done it successfully. This piece of advice from a user on NowInStock is still applicable:
– BS [Ed note: Brickseek, another in-stock website] is very accurate if you know when to look and properly plan ahead. Walmart has been dry in my area so had to rely solely on Target, as I wasn’t certain that Walmart’s 11/22 order would go through in time for the holidays. When using BS for Target be sure to watch closely and refresh often from 8-9pm, through midnight. In my experience On-hand Qty was always one NES short compared to Saleable Qty; however, all On-hand products were sold. If you see Target’s inventory light up yellow/green online, don’t go rushing to the store before they close. That stock is to be sold the next day. Instead of running out at night, plan to arrive around 3:30-4:30am. The earlier the better. Tickets will be handed out between 5-7am. Results may vary..