PLANO (WFAA) -- The Xbox, the Playstation, and now even Virtual Reality have vaulted the gaming industry into the future, but the hottest holiday gaming console this holiday season will be a bit of a time machine.
The Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition sold out in 12 minutes at the Preston and Park GameStop location in Plano when it hit shelves on Friday. Store manager Brandon Simpson said there was a line waiting for them when they opened up that morning.
“One of the hottest items this year is a retro blast from past,” Simpson said. “It is one of the hardest items to find right now.”
The NES Classic is a miniature version of the 8-bit gaming console which dominated the 1980’s and early 90’s with games like Super Mario Brothers and The Legend of Zelda. The 2016 adaption comes already equipped with 30 classic games. Simpson said customers clamoring to buy the NES Classic are a combination of older adults hoping to capture a piece of nostalgia as well as younger kids wanting the chance to play the classics.
But only ones showing persistence and luck will get a chance to play before Christmas.
“I would say you need to do a daily search,” said Simpson. GameStop said Nintendo determines when and how many consoles will be shipped, but hopeful buyers should check in regularly with their area stores to see if any have arrived. Checking the online markets like GameStop.com are another way to capitalize as soon as they arrive in stock.
Then there is a much more expensive option.
Those who were lucky enough to get their hands on an NES Classic are selling them on EBay and Craigslist at prices much higher than the $59.99 retail sales price.
Colt Jameson was headed into work early on Friday morning and decided to stop at a Walmart around 7am and bought one of the two remaining consoles in stock.
“I originally was going to get it for myself because of the nostalgia. I am a kid of the 80’s,” he said. But that all changed when he realized nostalgia was far outweighed by how much he could potentially net on Craigslist.
“I put it up for a couple hundred bucks. Hopefully, it will sell and give my kids a good Christmas. I can spend a little extra on my wife.”