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GameStop finally had the NES Classic in stock, but it couldn’t resist bundling it

by Eric Frederiksen | February 10, 2017February 10, 2017 6:30 am PST

If you’re a fan of retro gaming, you’ve probably noticed just how tough it is to get your hands on the NES Classic console released by Nintendo this fall, a miniaturized version of their classic system packed with 30 classic games and a controller with a very short cord.

For a scant few minutes earlier this week, it was available – with a catch. If you’re willing to pay an extra $20, you can get it through GameStop, including Nyko’s Miniboss wireless controller. Nowhere was there an entry for the system at the usual $59.99 price point. Instead, it was going for $79.99. They did this earlier this week, too, bundling the console with some silly stuff for well over $100.

Typical GameStop

As someone who loves video games, I want to support brick-and-mortar game stores. There aren’t very many left aside from GameStop, and even GameStop is struggling in the shadow of the colossus named Amazon, just like so many other businesses. I like going in and browsing, but stuff like this bugs the crap out of me.

GameStop makes a lot more money off things like used game sales and bundles than they do off of new games and consoles, so it’s in the business’s best interests to do things like this and to push their employees to sell used games even if it means lying about new stock.

With the system having been so hard to find, the deal was a tempting one even at that inflated price, but I decided to check out some reviews of that Nyko Miniboss controller first. If user reviews are any indication, I wouldn’t have been getting an extra controller with my system, I would’ve been paying an extra $20 for some plastic. I guess I’ll keep waiting.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...