So you missed out on pre-ordering a Nintendo Classic Mini NES. Most people did; EB Games’ website crashed two days in a row under the sheer volume of gamers trying to buy the console online. The games retailer has sold out of the console yet again. If you still desperately want to get one, here are a few options you can resort to.
Online Auction Sites
This is the most obvious answer to those who have missed out on the Mini NES. The good news is, there are plenty of people flogging it on Ebay and Gumtree. The bad news is the console is being sold at inflated prices.
That’s to be expected. On Ebay, we’ve seen the Nintendo Classic Mini NES being sold for around $250 although some sellers are listing the item for over $300.
We’ve seen similar prices over on Gumtree. Some brazen sellers have even listed their Mini NES consoles for $400. Considering the Mini NES retails for $99, these prices may be hard to swallow.
So if you don’t mind paying through the nose for one, there are quite a few Mini NES units being sold on Ebay and Gumtree.
Please do exercise caution when you are buying off these websites. Somebody recently snapped up a Nintendo Classic Mini NES box for $100 on Ebay. Yes, just the cardboard box. We suspect that it could have been an accident so make sure you read the item description carefully on these online buying websites. It might be worth paying for the item through PayPal so you can get Buyer Protection.
Can I Buy It Overseas?
We’ve looked at overseas retailers as well and it appears the Mini NES drought is a global phenomenon. You can buy it off Amazon but prices are just as ridiculous as they are locally (even more so when you factor in shipping costs) and some stores on there don’t even ship to Australia.
Build Your Own
If you’re really desperate but don’t want to spend $250-$400 to get the Nintendo Classic Mini NES, you can build your own. What you’ll need is a Raspberry Pi and a 3D printed case. If you don’t have a 3D printer, maybe ask a friend nicely to borrow their unit. There are also 3D printing services you can call on for this project.
You can find the instructions for this DIY Nintendo Classic Mini NES here.
Did you manage to get your hands on Nintendo Classic Mini NES or put in a pre-order for one? Will you be trying your luck on online buying sites? Let us know in the comments.