The NES Classic is officially discontinued, and Nintendo has said that the final shipments of the mini-console are reaching stores this month. But April is nearing its end, and thus so are your chances of getting the Classic — even if there’s no good reason for this thing to be going away in the first place. Best Buy has announced that the NES Classic Edition will be available at its stores (not online) at start of business on Monday morning. Some locations will be doing a ticketing process before doors open; that’s the case at several New York stores I’ve called.
A Best Buy spokesperson said that the NES Classic will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. However, the company has a policy of not commenting on inventory, so it’s impossible to know whether this is really the end of availability at the electronics retailer or whether a few more units might sneak onto shelves between tomorrow and April 30th. Best Buy is also promising savings on Classic accessories, which makes sense seeing as no one will be able to buy the main item for much longer.
So what will you do? Get in line a few hours from now? Hey, at least temperatures are warming up for all of you on the east coast. Or will you ignore any desire to own the NES Classic as a statement towards Nintendo’s bizarre and terrible business strategy?
The end of this retro hit is near, my babies. After this, you can hold out hope for GameStop (probably only in expensive bundles), Walmart, Target, and Amazon. After that, it’s either eBay, Craigslist, or waiting for the SNES Classic.