The very retro and very anticipated Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System hit Australia this morning but good luck finding one for retail price as they are already at a sold out status.
Target Australia’s website are directing customers Nintendo’s Facebook page for more info about the sold out status (where customers are complaining some stores only had 10 consoles in stock for sale) while BigW Australia’s website has crashed due to overwhelming demand.
Customers were able to place pre-orders for the classic console from as early as July this year.
So now it’s sold out, the question begs is there another shipment? The simple answer is YES but it’s a very open yes. Nintendo have confirmed another shipment is due our way “sometime in early December” and that’s it. No word on exactly when or how many units are coming our way or when we can start placing pre orders for the new console.
The retro inspired classic mini features 30 classic games from Bubble Bobble to Super Mario Brothers 1, 2 and 3 and Double Dragon 2 among a list full of fan favorites.
For those who can’t wait until the next shipment can always hit eBay where scalpers currently have their $99 classic console listed for as high as $1300!
UPDATE: Monday Nov 14th.
EB games Australia, it appears, are doing daily pre-order runs via their website for the insanely popular console. Today’s first run saw the ‘undisclosed’ amount sold out within minutes and crashing their website leaving many many customers frustrated with the lack of preparation by the company.
@EBGamesAus crashed while taking payment… stuck on a service unavailable page. You’re didn’t really prepare for this did you?
— Gareth Townsend (@quamen) November 14, 2016
@EBGamesAus You guys seriously couldn’t get your bandwidth allocated prepped and ready for this sale?! Site has been stuck for last 6 min
— i-DEE (@DJ_i_DEE) November 14, 2016
As of this post, EB’s website is noting another batch will be available for pre-order tomorrow from midday AEDT but as noted, there’s no disclosure about how many consoles are actually available for the pre-order. For those trying to find those elusive extra controllers, EB have noted that they are still awaiting news of another shipment and that they have none currently available in stock.
In response to the backlash, EB released a statement noting for today’s pre-order, they had increased their server space to account for 30,000 people – twice as much as the norm and for tomorrow, they’ll double that again for 60,000 people. The bottom of the statement reads “Stock for this item will be extremely limited”.