The NES Mini hit retail stores in the US in November. It retails for $60, but I have yet to see one at that price. I have yet to see one, period. There are some on Ebay and Amazon, but I’m not paying $150-$300 for one.
So it seems that if you want to land your hands on one, you’ve got some options (none of which I have the energy for):
- Make friends with the local stock folks in the big-name stores such as Gamestop, Target or Walmart.
- Use a web site like http://www.stockinformer.com/checker-nintendo-classic-edition-nes to track stock in local stores. Get on the phone as soon as you see one in stock and see if they will hold it for you.
- Pay way too much for one.
I don’t really understand Nintendo’s strategy on this product. You can get most of these games through Virtual Console. The demand is obviously really high for them and you’d think a larger-scale release would do quite well. I often have a hard time understanding what Nintendo is doing, however.