It’s a good year for Nintendo: not only is the company continuing to sell out of its brand-new Nintendo Switch, which has been moving quickly off of store shelves ever since launch, but it’s also got its hands on one of the hottest gift items this year in the form of the SNES Classic Edition, the follow-up to the NES Classic Edition and, it would seem, every bit as popular as its predecessor. The system has been difficult to find ever since it first hit shelves, but it seems that you’ll have another chance to grab one during the Black Friday window, at least if you act fast.
Toys ‘R’ Us will be getting four days of new stock drops for both Nintendo Switch and the SNES Classic Edition starting on Sunday, November 26, giving intrepid shoppers a couple of chances to grab the popular systems if they miss them the first time around. The press release also lists new stock for Fingerlings, which I was under the impression was a kind of potato. According to Toys ‘R’ Us, the new inventory will be coming in-store only, so you’ll have to show up early to grab one, but at least you won’t have to compete with robots.
Best Buy will also have stock coming in-store only starting tomorrow, which we could call Black Saturday or somesuch. Doors open at 9 AM, and the store will be using a ticketing system for customers in line so that people don’t have to stand around in the bitter early morning cold only to discover that the store sold out of all its stock. The company offers its usual caveat of limited quantities, and will only be offering one unit per customer. So if you want one for yourself and one to give as a gift… I think I know which way you’ll lean.
This is a massive improvement over last year, when the NES Classic Edition was all-but-absent from the biggest shopping day of the year, missing out on what I would have to guess were literal millions of potential impulse and gift buys of the relatively inexpensive gaming hardware. Nintendo said that it was significantly ramping up production of its classic line after last year’s sellouts, and routine re-supplies indicate that it’s done a good job keeping units coming. The company announced that it had sold 2 million units of the SNES Classic Edition as of October 31.
I don’t expect either the Switch or the SNES Classic Edition to get any easier to locate as we move closer to the Holidays, so you’ll likely need to jump if you want one. Good luck.
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