A lot of players missed out on their chance to own a miniaturized piece of gaming history after Nintendo's blazing-hot NES Classic Edition consoles flew off store shelves and immediately became sold out. Turns out that people were ordering the devices en masse only to later list them on eBay with ridiculous markup, leaving those who wanted to actually play the console ponying up outrageous amounts of money for the privilege. And, though legitimate units have since popped up in limited supply at places like ThinkGeek, NES Classic Editions are still hard to find.
Luckily, that's about to change. Nintendo has spread the word that NES Classic Editions will be reappearing in the wild following the device's previous discontinuation, and that gaming fans will be able to scoop them up in stores starting later this June. For convenience, and in the hopes that players who actually want to enjoy those 8-bit classics can do so, we've put together this brief guide detailing how and where to buy an NES Classic Edition.
Where To Buy a New NES and SNES Classic Edition Mini Consoles
Retro gaming enthusiasts will be happy to learn that they shouldn't have any trouble tracking down a brand new NES Classic Edition. Nintendo has resumed manufacturing efforts, and will be sending more of their mini consoles to major retailers across the world. And yes, for those paying attention, this announcement also includes the SNES Classic Edition.
Despite having loads of information about the NES Mini over on the Nintendo website, there isn't any clear indication of where interested buyers might find one. Fortunately, we know a few places that should have them in stock. Though the links below may not indicate any current supply (assuming product page links are even available), they should reflect available stock starting sometime around June 29.
NES and SNES Classic Edition Included Games and Prices
There are 30 different games included with the NES Classic Edition, including the full run of Super Mario Bros. titles as well as a number of other solo hits like the original Final Fantasy, Metroid, and Gradius. The full list of games can be found below, and all can be had for the manufacturer's suggested retail price of $59.99.
• Super Mario Bros. • Super Mario Bros. 2 • Super Mario Bros. 3 • The Legend of Zelda • Donkey Kong • Mega Man 2 • Pac-Man • Final Fantasy • Metroid • Kirby's Adventure • Castlevania • Ninja Gaiden • Dr. Mario • Punch-Out!! • Balloon Fight • Donkey Kong Jr. • Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link • Excitebike • Ice Climber • Kid Icarus • Double Dragon 2: The Revenge • Bubble Bobble • Tecmo Bowl • Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest • Mario Bros. • Super C • Galaga • StarTropics • Ghosts 'n' Goblins • Gradius
The Super NES Classic Edition has fewer games than the NES Classic, but the included titles make for a very strong grouping, including games like Super Mario World, Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Final Fantasy 6, titles that are often heralded as the best of the era. The SNES Classic also includes Star Fox 2, which was never released previously and is thus a console exclusive. All of the following games can be had for the console's suggested price of $79.99:
• Super Mario World • Super Mario Kart • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past • F-Zero • Super Metroid • Street Fighter 2 Turbo • Super Punch-Out!! • Castlevania 3 • Donkey Kong Country • Mega Man X • Kirby Super Star • Final Fantasy 3 (6) • Kirby's Dream Course • Star Fox • Star Fox 2 • Yoshi's Island • Super Mario RPG • Contra 3: The Alien Wars • Secret of Mana • Earthbound • Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts
Nintendo has stated that both the NES Classic and SNES Classic mini consoles should be available through the end of the year, meaning there ought to be enough supply in stock to satisfy consumer demands. With that said, they've always disappeared quickly before, and gamers will no doubt be placign their orders as early as possible.