Nintendo didn’t invent the plug-and-play console, but it certainly popularized it. Introduced in 2016, the NES Classic is a miniature version of the retro console that comes with 30 fantastic games loaded onto it. It sold out fast and was all but impossible to find in stock for many months. The following year, Nintendo released the SNES Classic, which comes with 20 games and was also extremely popular. Unfortunately, Nintendo has announced it will soon cease production of the tiny consoles in the Americas.
But it’s not too late. You can still get your hands on both consoles before they’re gone for good. Read on to see where you can still find them in stock, along with accessories like additional controllers, wireless controllers, and carrying cases for taking them on the go.
In our NES Classic review, Peter Brown wrote, “The NES Classic is an affordable solution for playing NES games, and the fact that it outperforms existing Virtual Console efforts from a technical standpoint makes it the most attractive option to boot.”
Its successor received similarly high marks. In our SNES Classic review, Michael Higham wrote, “To have this lineup of iconic games in one place, in an easy, accessible, and convenient fashion makes the SNES Classic worth seeking out. If Nintendo’s looking to capitalize on 16-bit nostalgia, I’d say it did a damn fine job.”
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said, “We’ve been clear that, at least from an Americas perspective, these products are going to be available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they’re gone.”
That means now is likely your last chance to pick up one of these classic consoles for its regular price. After that, the market will determine the value, and the market tends to price out-of-stock Nintendo items above the MSRP.