Violence erupts as Coast shoppers battle for new Nintendo
SUNSHINE Coast shoppers were willing to do whatever it took to get their hands on the Nintendo Mini Classic NES that was released yesterday.
Caloundra resident Angela Maree said she waited for hours to get one of the consoles which are a modern release of the original console first sold in 1985.
"I got mine from Big W," she said.
"I got there at 6am.
"I wanted to get one because no matter how hard I try I just can't grasp the concept of modern technology and PS4s etcetera, and this is what I grew up with," she said.
Angela said while she was "one of the lucky ones", others went to the next level to buy one.
"The conduct of people lining up was actually quite disturbing," she said.
"People were willing to hurt others just to get their hands on one, which is said.
"A lot of people I know missed out."
A BIG W spokesman said he was taken back by the number of people trying to purchase the consoles.
"There has been unprecedented demand for the Nintendo Mini Classic NES edition which has far exceeded the number of consoles made available to Australian retailers," he said.
"While we are disappointed that we have been unable to satisfy all of our customers, we are working to secure a further allocation of the Classic Mini consoles from Nintendo in December and will keep customers updated on our Facebook page."