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NES Classic Edition first impressions: Feels like the first time

NES Classic Edition first impressions: Feels like the first time

It might be strange to see to the words "NES Classic Edition first impressions" in the title of this article when the infamous mini console has been out for more than four months now. Like many of you, I've spent those months looking high and low for one, only to be greeted by "sold out" notifications everywhere I looked. I was finally able to get one last week, and since it was first hooked up to the TV, it's seen almost constant play. I'll share my opinion on whether or not the NES Classic Edition was worth the four month wait later (more on why that particular article will be delayed in a bit), but for now, I thought I'd share my early thoughts on it.

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NES Classic Edition in stock now at Best Buy [Update: Sold out]

NES Classic Edition in stock now at Best Buy [Update: Sold out]

We've got some big news for you if you're still trying to snag an NES Classic Edition - at the time of this writing, the nearly impossible to find mini console is back in stock at Best Buy. As always, you'll want to act fast to secure one for yourself, because there's no telling how many Best Buy has to sell. If the past is any indication, then Best Buy's stock will sell through quickly regardless of how many are on hand.

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NES Classic Edition sales have hit 1.5 million despite stock shortages

NES Classic Edition sales have hit 1.5 million despite stock shortages

It might be hard to believe since it's impossible to find, but Nintendo has revealed that the NES Classic Edition has sold 1.5 million units globally. What was once expected to be a niche item has turned into something of a sensation, with stock selling out immediately upon launch back in November. Ever since then, any new stock retailers get in has been snatched up instantly.

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NES Classic Edition returns to GameStop this week

NES Classic Edition returns to GameStop this week

We haven't heard too much from the NES Classic Edition since around Christmas time, but it seems that Nintendo is still working to produce more. GameStop announced today that it will have the NES Classic Edition in stock this week at its US stores. They're available beginning today, but it sounds like you'll still need luck on your side if you want to sang one.

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Nintendo Famicom Mini hackers find a secret message waiting for them

Nintendo Famicom Mini hackers find a secret message waiting for them

Though the NES Classic Edition and its Japanese counterpart, the Famicom Mini, shipped with a mere 30 games on them, we all knew it wouldn't be long before they were hacked. Sure enough, that happened over the weekend, with one hacker posting video proof that they had added more games to their NES Classic. Today we're hearing more interesting things from the people who have looked at the code for these new consoles, with one hacker taking to Reddit to share a secret message he found hiding in the Famicom Mini.

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Famicom Pocket puts the Famicom Mini inside a Game Boy

Famicom Pocket puts the Famicom Mini inside a Game Boy

There has never been a lack of hacks and DIY projects surrounding Nintendo’s most beloved classic gaming systems, but Nintendo itself kicked off renewed interest when it launched the Famicom Mini in Japan and the NES Classic to the rest of the world. There have been some interesting work trying to replicate those mini consoles using a Raspberry Pi or, more recently, hacking into the box to make it support more than the fixed 30 games inside. This latest one to come straight from Japan is, perhaps, the craziest and best one yet, which practically puts a NES inside a GameBoy. Behold, the “Famicom Pocket”!

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NES Classic hack adds 30 games with USB cable

NES Classic hack adds 30 games with USB cable

Despite launching in the last few months of the year, Nintendo's NES Classic Edition turned out to be one of the hottest devices of 2016. But other than being incredibly hard to find over the holiday season, the only real drawback of the tiny retro game console is that it's limited to the 30 titles that come pre-installed. Fortunately modders and hackers have been hard at work at rectifying that problem, and the latest successful trick manages to add another 30 games over a USB cable.

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Snakebyte shows off Nintendo Switch, NES Classic accessories at CES 2017

Snakebyte shows off Nintendo Switch, NES Classic accessories at CES 2017

The Nintendo Switch is still a couple of months off at this point, but that isn't stopping Snakebyte from announcing a slew of accessories for it. Snakebyte has all of them in tow at CES 2017 this year, being the first manufacturer to announce an accessory line for the incoming console. On top of all that, Snakebyte has a couple of accessories for the hugely popular NES Classic Edition in the works as well.

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SNES Classic Edition teased with Famicon listing

SNES Classic Edition teased with Famicon listing

As Nintendo reveled in its success with the NES Classic Edition, a trademark for a Super Nintendo-age device was filed in Japan. This Super Famicon controller is the Japanese version of what was released in the United States as the Super NES. That's also known as the SNES, or Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Rumor has it that Nintendo's next big retro-console move will be to release an SNES Classic Edition to keep the retro love ball rolling into the future.

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NES Classic Edition available at these new retailers soon

NES Classic Edition available at these new retailers soon

After losing out on GameStop, Best Buy, Meijer, and even Target*, sale seekers are looking to a new retailer to carry the Nintendo NES Classic Edition. This console is quite easily the fastest-selling console in Nintendo's history, selling more units in a week than the Wii sold in its entire lifespan. This is also true of the original PlayStation, GameBoy, and Xbox 360, too, each selling less than 120-million while the NES Classic Edition has already sold 196k.

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NES Classic Edition Walmart price gouging: don’t get tricked

NES Classic Edition Walmart price gouging: don’t get tricked

Some of you might be excited to hear that the NES Classic Edition is listed as in stock on Walmart's website. Don't be fooled, though: these aren't the NES Classics you're looking for. Instead, they're listings from third-party sellers, not Walmart itself, and the price has been suitably gouged as a result.

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NES Classic Edition sales were through the roof in November

NES Classic Edition sales were through the roof in November

This may not come as much of a shocker to most of you, but the NES Classic Edition is selling really well. Nintendo seems to have a hit on its hand, which couldn't come at a better time considering that Wii U sales can't get much worse. Now if Nintendo could actually keep the NES Classic in stock for longer than a few minutes at a time, it would really be sitting pretty.

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