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NES Classic will be available at Best Buy next week

Maybe get in line, like, now

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Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Best Buy will have “limited quantities” of the NES Classic Edition in stock on Tuesday, Dec. 20, the retailer announced today.

The mini NES will be available only at physical Best Buy locations, not on the store’s website. Best Buy said it will send small shipments of the NES Classic to more than 1,000 U.S. Best Buy locations; the company currently operates 1,026 stores in the country.

You’ll have to get in line early if you want to get your hands on an NES Classic. Just like doorbuster deals on Black Friday, the console will be available on a first-come, first-served basis — stores will hand out tickets to people who queue up, and will only give out as many tickets as they will have consoles to sell. Sales will be limited to one per customer.

Nintendo continues to be plagued by shortages of the NES Classic. The company sold approximately 196,000 units of the throwback console in the U.S. last month, but admitted that it underestimated the level of demand for the product. Nintendo says it’s working hard to produce more systems, but it seems that the console will remain in short supply through the holiday season.

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