Nintendo is discontinuing its NES Classic Edition gaming consoles in key markets around the world, but we’ve got one last chance to get our hands on what’s been one of the most frustratingly elusive gaming consoles of all time.
Today, Monday, April 24, 2017, Best Buy will carry inventory of the NES Classic Edition from Nintendo for the last time. At the end of the month, the min-consoles will not longer, be available, making way for the Classic SNES (Super NES) mini-console that should be available starting right before the Christmas holidays.
The final batch of NES Classic Edition consoles held by Best Buy across the US will make their appearance on shelves as of today, so if you want to own one of these, today is probably your only chance. Remember, this is an ‘in-store only’ offer.
— Best Buy (@BestBuy) April 23, 2017
We don’t know if Best Buy is going to hold back some inventory so they have availability through the end of April, when the NES Classic Edition finally stops retailing for good, but it’s quite possible they’d want to do that to keep the customers flowing into their stores.
The NES Classic Edition and its collection of 30 retro games has been the topic of much discussion, mainly around Nintendo’s inability to keep stretching their production runs. These units at Best Buy are quite possibly from the very last run by Nintendo, before they start focusing on Nintendo Switch availability and the launch of the mini Super NES Classic during the final quarter of 2017.
Once the stock runs out at Best Buy and other retailers like Walmart, Target, Amazon and GameStop (assuming they have any left at the moment), your only chance will be to pay a premium and try and get one on marketplace sites like eBay and Craigslist. But knowing the popularity of this mini-console from Nintendo, that premium might end up being pretty hefty.
Here’s a Best Buy store locator so you can see what’s closest to you. As with any major product offer, you might not be able to call in to check availability. That’s means you’ll have to physically go there to check. But it might just be worth your while.