The dinky box comes with 30 remastered NES games built-in and plugs directly into your TV via an HDMI cable. But that hardly matters if you can’t get hold of one.
Thankfully, there are a couple of other options available for retro fans to get their fix of nostalgic gaming over the holidays.
Nintendo has promised to replenish stocks in the New Year but in the meantime, here are some alternatives to keep you occupied.
Mega Drive Classic Game Console
The Mega Drive Classic Game Console is packed with a whopping 80 built-in games including classic vintage titles Sonic the Hedgehog , Golden Axe and Mortal Kombat.
Revamped to coincide with Sonic’s 25th anniversary , the plug and play gadget can be hooked up to a TV and is also compatible with original Sega Mega Drive cartridges.
The two-player-friendly console is supplied with two wireless controllers. It’s important to note that the mini console isn’t actually made by SEGA – it’s merely licensing the company’s properties.
You can pick it up for £70 from Funstockretro.co.uk .
Retro Freak Premium
the Retro Freak Premium is a magic box that lets you play pretty much any old console game. The only thing missing is support for the original PlayStation, but some would argue that’s not a retro console – yet.
The “console” itself can actually be split into two parts: the actual machine and then a large adapter with slots for 11 separate formats.
Which consoles, you ask? The Famicom, Super Famicom and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) are supported, as well as the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Genesis.
The Retro Freak Premium also includes support for the Game Boy, Game Boy Colour, Game Boy Advance, PC Engine, TurboGrafx-16 and PC Engine SuperGrafx.
The console comes with controller adapters for each system, or you can use Retro Freak’s own controller via USB. It can be had for the princely sum of £170 at Funstockretro.co.uk .
Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega ‘Plug and Play’
If you want to go a little further back into the annals of gaming history than the days of Sonic and Mario, then this is for you.
The Spectrum Vega is a low cost machine that plugs directly into a TV, allowing nostalgic gamers to run all 14,000 of the weird and wonderful creations which were produced for the 8-bit unit.
The £80 console will come with 1,000 retro games pre-installed, including classics like Knightlore, and has been manufactured at a factory in Beeston, Nottinghamshire.