Nintendo 'working hard' to feed demand for NES Classic

It appears one of the hottest video game purchases entering the holiday stretch originally launched more than 30 years ago.

On Friday, Nintendo released the NES Classic, a miniature version of its popular Nintendo Entertainment System with 30 games built in to the device and support for modern tech like HDMI.

The NES Classic sells for $60, that is if you can find one. On Best Buy and GameStop, the device is shown as "sold out" or "not available." At Target, you can only purchase one in stores. As for Amazon, online ordering will open up at 2 p.m. PT today, reports Polygon. However, Amazon warns the device will be available in "very limited quantities" with demand expected to be "very high."

In a statement obtained by USA TODAY, Nintendo says it's working to keep up with interest from consumers. "We are working hard to keep up with consumer demand," reads Nintendo's statement. "There will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year."

Listings have already popped up on eBay, with prices falling between the $200-$500, along with one listing seeking nearly $5,000.

The NES Classic features 30 of the original console's greatest hits, available in three display modes: CRT to resemble older TVs, 4:3 display or Pixel Perfect for users who want to see the games "exactly as designed," says Nintendo.

Among available games on NES Classic: The first three Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Double Dragon and Tecmo Bowl.

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