It's not at all surprising that people would line up at 4 a.m. to get a Nintendo NES Classic from Best Buy Tuesday morning. And that's exactly what happened around the country, with people hoping to get their hands on one of the limited number of mini retro consoles coming in – potentially the best chance before Christmas to get one at the retail price of $59.99.
Here's what that looked like.
People lined up before it opened
Every store across the country was supposed to get at least one Nintendo NES Classic in stock. And the retailer said it'd be giving out tickets to those in line, with a limit of one per person. So of course, people got there early.
Included was Kirsten Renee, who showed up at the Apple Valley location at 4 a.m. – only to find three people already in line. Here's a look at some other stores.
Some people got there early enough
Renee said she heard close to 40 people were in line at her location – and most got one of the NES Classic systems.
Others ... were not as lucky
A spokesperson for Best Buy said the company doesn't comment on how many were sold in total, but said it was "great to see gaming fans show up for this nostalgic console."
People also weren't happy about how some stores handled tickets
At Apple Valley, Renee said she called days beforehand to see what the procedure would be – and was told they would hand out tickets to people in line an hour before the 8 a.m. store opening. She got a ticket for a console, went to Target for a bit, then returned at 8 a.m. only to find a new line of people there. And probably unaware the tickets were already handed out.
She also said people who got the tickets were told they had a three-hour window to come back and pick the gaming systems up. If they were late, they lost out.
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Based on what people have been saying on social media, it seems like the ticketing issues were localized – people at some stores reported zero issues, while other stores appeared to have problems. Best Buy didn't have a comment.
"I have never done this before, where I sat out in line at 4 a.m. for anything," Renee told GoMN.
But she grew up with an original Nintendo console, and her kids – 12 and 14 – play it and love it. Her mother now checks it out to the grandkids – keeping track of who has it and which games are out, because it's so popular. So she eyed a Nintendo NES Classic for a surprise Christmas present.
"The games are so much more wholesome than what my son plays on his Xbox," she added.