After Walmart’s embarrassing error and resulting cancellations, Nintendo has put an official timeframe on when consumers can expect to preorder the SNES Classic: it’s happening later this month. “We appreciate the incredible anticipation that exists for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, and can confirm that it will be made available for pre-order by various retailers late this month,” the company posted on Facebook today. The console goes on sale September 29th. Preorders have already opened up (and sold out) internationally.
Nintendo is also pledging that “a significant amount of additional systems will be shipped to stores for launch day, and throughout the balance of the calendar year.” How many does “significant” actually mean? Who knows. Nintendo has suggested that the nostalgic mini-console will be easier to purchase than the NES Classic, but there are really no guarantees.
Speaking of which, despite being discontinued months ago, the NES Classic keeps popping up in random places. GameStop’s ThinkGeek offered a batch of units last week but only made them available to customers who purchased the product as part of a bundle. I got suckered into one of those.
And only a few days later, Amazon’s Treasure Truck somehow stumbled across hundreds of NES Classic consoles that went to people who were near enough the promotional trucks to get one — at the original $60 retail price, even. Huh!