Update: The three bundles costing $150 or less sold out at 3:37 p.m. Eastern Time, about 12 minutes after they were first posted. Three other bundles priced at $169, $170, and $220 are still available.
Further update: All six bundles will be out of stock at 3:47 PM, just over 20 minutes after they ran out.
Original story:Nintendo may have discontinued the NES Classic Edition in April, but there is a store today that sells new boxed units. Thinkgeek tells us it will post an order page for what it says is “thousands” of NES Classic units as part of bundles that range in price from $140 to $220.
According to a ThinkGeek spokesperson, the order page was supposed to go up at 3 p.m. Eastern today, but there seems to have been some delay at the end of the site. We’ll update when the link is live. Update: The order page will be live from 3:25 p.m. Eastern. “The GameStop-buying ninjas got their hands on these and we’re selling them,” a spokesperson for GameStop-owned ThinkGeek told Ars about the unexpected stock. “Sometimes it’s good to have Corporate Overlords.”
The bundles, which are limited to one per customer, are only available for shipping to the US and will not be available at ThinkGeek’s retail locations. They are available for purchase now and not as a pre-order for upcoming stock. The six separate bundles (all of which contain other Nintendo-themed collectibles) are advertised with “unmarked-on-eBay” prices – the total MSRP of all the goods in each is roughly the same as if they had been purchased separately.
Nintendo is currently gearing up to sell the Super NES Classic Edition in September for a suggested retail price of $80, which includes two controllers and 21 built-in games. The upcoming system quickly saw an average 150 percent markup for pre-order resellers on eBay after its announcement last month. “We will be producing significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than NES Classic Edition,” Nintendo said in a statement.
If you’re definitely missing some very limited availability for the NES Classic bundles on ThinkGeek, you can still pick up an unopened NES Classic from eBay for an average of $200 or more. Or you can use your own RetroPie emulation box if you have another source of game ROMs.
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