Fan demand for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) will not be stopped — not even by a steep price tag.
Walmart recently offered the NES to consumers but bundled it with a television set and accessories like extra controllers. The bundle, however, was quickly sold out, despite the $185 price. Packaged with the NES Classic Edition is a 32-inch ProScan D-LED HDTV with a 720p display and a choice between a second NES controller or a third-party arcade stick, which is targeted at gamers looking for an old school, arcade type of gameplay experience.
According to a report by Gamespot, there was a time when the bundles sold out initially but briefly became available again, a cycle that went on for a few times.
Furthermore, a tweet from gamer "Wario64" showed the standalone NES units were being sold at the Walmart app for $59.99 apiece. As of writing, the Walmart page for the bundle is currently down, which is likely caused by the depleted stocks.
After being re-launched for the first time last November, the NES Classic went flying off the shelves, even if the console is a mini version of the original models. The console came with 30 of the most iconic games that became popular in the 80's, including Castlevania, Pac-Man, Galaga, Punch-Out Mega Man 2, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Super Mario Bros., which became Nintendo's bread and butter.
In an interview with Wired last month, Nintendo of America's president and chief operating officer Reggie Fils-Aime admitted that they had failed to anticipate the demand for the iconic console. "What happened with NES Classic is that was a situation where the global demand was well in excess of anything we had anticipated, and that's what created shortages," said Fils-Aime.
The Nintendo honcho, however, clarified that the company is aware of the growing clamor and that they will continue to produce the NES Classic to meet the demands worldwide.