Update 2: Well, that didn’t last long. :-(
NES Classic, did you get one?— Polygon (@Polygon) November 11, 2016
Update: The NES Classic Edition is already widely out of stock and Amazon is your last chance for now. Good luck! Nintendo has released the following statement on the shortages:
The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system is a hot item, and we are working hard to keep up with consumer demand. There will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year. Please contact your local retailers to check product availability. A selection of participating retailers can be found at www.Nintendo.com/nes-classic.
Original story: Nintendo’s adorable NES Classic will finally go on sale tomorrow and, according to an email from Amazon, those interested in picking one up should be online at 2 p.m. PT, but it’s likely a good idea to get there a bit early.
Instead of allowing customers to pre-order the system, Amazon is choosing to email people who have indicated their interest in purchasing the micro console with a series of helpful tips to nab one.
Amazon has said that there will be very limited quantities of the NES Classic available and, because of that, is limiting orders to one per customer. The online retailer also confirmed that it was disabling one-click purchasing and reminded customers to make sure their credit card info was up-to-date.
“Demand is expected to be very high, and there's no guarantee that it will remain in stock for long,” the email reads. “We will make similar announcements when additional inventory becomes available.”
Amazon said that it has plans to replenish its stocks over the next couple of weeks, but couldn’t give an exact date for when it would receive more. Other retailers, like GameStop and Best Buy aren’t offering pre-orders on the Classic. Target made pre-orders available for a brief moment in August, but has since stopped.
The miniature console, which was announced back in July, comes pre-loaded with 30 of Nintendo’s classic titles, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, and Kirby's Adventure. It also comes with one retro-style controller, but Nintendo will be selling additional controllers for the system at $9.99.
To see what the NES Classic looks like up close, check out Polygon’s photo essay.