Nintendo’s new NES Classic Edition has been selling like hotcakes — if hotcakes were far more popular and expensive, and if you could buy hotcakes online. OK, maybe that’s not the best analogy, but the NES Classic has been the hottest thing under the sun since last holiday season. The all-in-one, HDMI-compatible console, which comes preloaded with 30 classic games, has been flying off shelves and out of warehouses at a staggering rate, leaving many fans frustrated and empty-handed.
Although the NES Classic Edition is still available via gray-market resellers for an exorbitant price — you can currently snag one on eBay for between $150 and $200 — it’s unreasonable to expect anyone to drop hundreds of dollars on a system that is, admittedly, quite limited in scope. Despite the Classic’s healthy collection of content, it doesn’t compare with contemporary gaming powerhouses such as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The NES Classic doesn’t connect to the internet, and there’s no way to purchase new games or otherwise modify the system. Aside from a few third-party controllers and extension cords, what you see is what you get.
Even after the 2016 holiday season has come and gone, the NES Classic is still pretty hard to find. It’s still possible to net the console various retailers, though, both online and off. Stock, however, continues to sell out almost instantaneously. If you are still looking for one, we’ve put together this handy guide to help you get your hands on the elusive console as soon as possible. We’ll be updating this article as new info becomes available, so you too can rage-quit after losing in Punch Out!!