The NES Classic Edition will finally be available for purchase on Friday, Nov. 11. And now we know how the whole process will work.
Nintendo made the bizarre decision to offer no pre-orders for what promises to be one of the more popular holiday gifts of 2016. The NES Classic is a $60 micro-sized version of the original console, with 30 games pre-installed and HDMI-ready for modern TVs.
A Wednesday email from Amazon confirmed that the NES Classic will be available for purchase starting on Friday at 5 p.m. ET. Purchases will be limited to one per person. As is customary for Nintendo hardware releases, expect supplies to be limited.
“Please act quickly at 2:00 p.m. PT on Friday for your best chance at buying an NES Classic,” Amazon’s email warns. “Demand is expected to be very high, and there’s no guarantee that it will remain in stock for long.”
We’ve been having a lot of fun with our NES Classic review unit. The games look gorgeous on the console’s “Pixel Perfect” setting that rounds off pixel edges for a smoother image. And the addition of save states makes it easy to hang onto your progress in 30-year-old games.
The only real downside to this package is the controller. While the gamepad itself is a fine recreation of the original, the cord that connects it to the mini-console is only two feet long. That’s a real problem in larger living rooms, especially if you like playing games from the couch.
There are third-party cable extenders, and the NES Classic also supports the Wii Classic and Wii U Pro controllers. But really, it would have been nice to see Nintendo simply make the cord a little longer.
Assuming you can get past that admittedly minor shortcoming, get ready to form a digital line on Friday afternoon.