Nintendo Classic Edition Shortage Leaves Store Shelves Empty

Nintendo Classic Edition Shortage Leaves Store Shelves Empty

PROVO – Nintendo fans searching for the wildly popular Nintendo NES Classic Edition might have to wait a little longer.

The NES Classic Edition is flying off of the shelves faster than stores can keep them in stock. It fits in the palm of a hand and comes pre-loaded with 30 retro games like Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt.

The $60 console sold out within hours the night of its November release. Gamestop sold out again in January in just a few hours after getting a limited supply of the popular item. Even online stores like Amazon are having problems keeping the gaming system in stock. Gamestop declined to comment.

Fans searching for the console are growing impatient. Nintendo fan Brandon Hopkins said, “You’d think with the age of Amazon and these bulk online shoppers and stuff that people would not be caught without inventory, so it’s been a little bit frustrating.”

Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima reported that the company has sold 1.5 million copies since its release. He apologized to fans for the limited supply and promised more consoles to meet demand.

Nintendo doesn’t have a timetable for the release yet because they’re getting ready to release their new console, the Nintendo Switch, in March.

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