The nostalgia-fuelled Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System came out today in the UK, but you'll be hard-pressed to find one for sale at face value.
Nintendo, GAME and a load of other UK shops are out of stock of the £49.99 NES Mini, which has sparked huge markups on the likes of eBay and Amazon.
eBay returned 345 search results for Nintendo Classic Mini, with most listings asking for over £100. Some buy it now prices are creeping toward the £200 mark.
At the time of publication, Amazon had 19 new units from £134.95. All the sellers are third-parties. One Amazon seller from Germany is asking for a whopping £291.28 + £4.25 UK delivery.
Eurogamer's James Bartholomeou pre-ordered from Amazon on 18th September, only to receive an email recently saying delivery had been pushed back to 1st December. James pre-ordered at £49.
On GAME's website, the Nintendo Classic Mini is out of stock. It carries a release date of 31st December 2016, but GAME insists if you pre-order now delivery is "guaranteed for Christmas".
Nintendo fans hoping to buy one of the consoles today expressed their anger on Twitter. A somewhat ill-advised tweet from the official Nintendo UK account asked followers, "which NES gem will you play first?"
The responses weren't pretty.
@NintendoUK none because you didn't supply anywhere near enough to retailers.— Nicholas McHale (@OwlishNick) November 11, 2016
It looks like Nintendo either underestimated demand or was unable to manufacture enough units to meet demand. Let's go with the former, given production of the Wii U recently ended. For what it's worth, we've asked Nintendo for comment.
Are you willing to pay over the odds for a Nintendo Classic Mini?