Nintendo Shipped Less than 200k NES Classic to the United States, Even with Rising Demand

Ever wonder why it’s been so difficult to get your hands on a Nintendo Entertainment System Classic, since its debut? A report by Engadget shows that less than 200,000 units of the NES Classic were shipped to the United States, between the time it was released up to November. Meanwhile, in Japan, over 260,000 units were sold in a single week. Think about that. The demand is high for this adorable packaged punch of nostalgia to hit the shelves, but it has been difficult for consumers to buy them – and no wonder.

At this point, if you’re hoping to snag a unit or two before the holiday season comes to an end, you may want to stop at a local GameStop or video game store. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to order ones from GameStop online. You’ll have to go to a physical store. Not to brag or anything, but…fortunately for me, the two nearest locations to my residence have them. Score.

NES Classic Edition

Even though ThinkGeek did their best to help out consumers, and their revenue, by getting units available for retail sale – they were sold very quickly. According, to their website, more should be on their way soon. With the trend of seeing absolutely zero everywhere else, however, it seems unlikely that stocks will be replenished before Christmas gets here. So, don’t get your hopes up too high, gamers. As a company, it wouldn’t be very smart for Nintendo to leave the United States high and dry. So, there is no doubt that more units will get here. Sooner or later? None of us are so sure, as of yet.

Are you bummed that stock for the NES Classic in the USA are between low and nonexistent? Have you gotten your hands on one already? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, we would love to hear from you!

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