The console will also be available for purchase at GameStop's website, we're told. That isn't very much, so it might not be a bad idea to check what time your local store opens and consider lining up ahead of time. The question of whether you should invest in the NES is a bit more interesting with the SNES Classic also available - so let's revisit it. Friday's relaunch of the console has been long anticipated, and there might still be a chance for you this time around.
Best Buy earlier this week said in a blog post that it'll have NES Classic supply at stores, and the console will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Online sales will begin at 10 AM PT, but expect those to go fast as well. If you're early enough, you'll nearly certainly score a victory. Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target and eBay are also likely to have inventory although details haven't yet been shared.
It's not clear if the stores that are now out of stock will replenish their inventories, just as they did before. Supply was vastly outstripped by demand, and numerous units that were made available went straight into the hands of resellers that sold the console at a premium. There's also the fact that these websites tend to buckle under the load of everyone trying to buy at once, which decreases your chances further.
What if I can't get one tomorrow?
Nintendo announced that a limited re-release of the miniature game system would launch today, June 29 at several stores, including Best Buy and ThinkGeek. In other words, some people are going to be left empty-handed. No bundles and only one console per customer - as it should be. These resellers know the NES Classic is hard to find and they price gouge to an extreme as a result.
What time does NES Classic go on sale?
A handful of major retailers have NES Classics back in stock starting Friday, over a year after Nintendo's throwback console was discontinued in April 2017. You just need to be patient.