MOBILE, AL (WKRG) — It didn’t take very long for the hottest tech gift of the holiday shopping season to sell out on the Gulf Coast.
Lines as long as 70 people formed Friday morning for the launch of Nintendo’s NES Classic, a mini-console with 30 retro games included. Hundreds of shoppers were turned away from stores like Best Buy, GameStop, WalMart and Target when the limited stock sold out within seconds Friday morning.
News 5 estimates less than 100 NES Classic units were shipped to stores in Mobile and Baldwin counties. The highest quantity was found at the Best Buy in McGowin Park, which received just over 30 systems. Most stores, such as Target and GameStop, received quantities in the single digits.
WalMart’s initial supply was sold out at midnight, News 5 is told. The frenzy is due largely in part to the system being sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Nintendo is notorious for having low console quantities at launch to drive up demand, however, the low supply of systems is likely due in part to the unprecedented hype for a retro console.
All online retailers for the NES Classic are also sold out. Stores are informing their customers, both online and in-person, that more limited quantities will be available in the coming weeks on a first-come, first-serve basis.