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Pre-orders for Nintendo's Super NES Classic go live and sell out instantly

By Cal Jeffrey · 12 replies
Aug 22, 2017
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  1. Okay, I’ll admit, maybe saying that the Super NES Classic sold out instantly is an exaggeration, but only a slight one. Considering the time of day that presale of the retro box went live and how long supplies lasted, it might as well have sold instantly.

    The first pre-orders for the highly anticipated SNES throwback were made in the wee hours of Tuesday morning on Best Buy’s website. The sale went live at about 1:30 am EST and by 1:35 am no more units were to be had. About three and a half hours later Amazon began taking pre-orders, and it too ran out within minutes.

    The next retailer to start taking pre-orders might be GameStop. An employee of the company told Kotaku that management had instructed them to “expect a special announcement that will require immediate attention” later on today. So it might be worth a trip to your local GameStop sometime today to check if they are taking orders.

    Other retailers that will be taking pre-orders for the Super NES Classic include Toys R Us, Walmart, and Target. While Amazon did sell out of its first allotment, keep your eyes out for another shipment between now and release. Also, it might not hurt to check a brick-and-mortar Best Buy location for availability. Physical stores are often promised in-store stock, so it’s worth checking if you really want to get your hands on one.

    "I mainly blame Nintendo. They created this false demand and have only hurt themselves."

    Consumer demand for Nintendo’s reminiscent remake is high, but so is the demand from resellers, or as the internet likes to call them, “scalpers." Many people on various discussion boards including Reddit are complaining about inventories being snatched up by scalpers using bots, especially during the release of the NES Classic last year. Even though Nintendo promised to produce more Super NES Classics this time around, confirmed pre-orders are already popping up on eBay for $200+.

    Would-be buyers of the units say that retailers could solve the bot problem by using CAPTCHA on their checkout screens. But is it really the fault of the retailers? After all, they are in the business to sell products. It should not matter to whom they sell the products or how many each person buys. Their ultimate goal is to sell all they have for the price they are asking.

    It is up to the manufacturer to keep retailers supplied. Reddit user, ForzaTwo4, says the responsibility is on Nintendo to produce enough units to meet demand.

    “I mainly blame Nintendo. They created this false demand [for the 2016 NES Classic] and have only hurt themselves. This is why they are in the hole when compared to Sony and Microsoft. Instead of making all the units required and making a ton of money they are allowing scalpers to buy a unit for $60 and sell it for $200+ daily. If they were smart they would see that and make an insane amount of units and make the profit for themselves instead of allowing scalpers to make all the money.”

    Granted, if Nintendo made it clear that they would produce units until demand dies down, much of the scalping would be eliminated and the company would reap the rewards. However, for whatever reason the company continues to insinuate that a limited number will be produced, driving resellers to buy up as many units as possible in order to gouge true consumers for a profit.

    Regardless of where the fault lies, if you want a Super NES Classic, you had better remain vigilant and watch for the pre-orders to go live. Even when the consoles go on sale while everyone is supposed to be sleeping, the supply is being bought up before the rooster crows. The mini console ships November 29.

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  2. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 545   +268

    Oh great, another cool niche product ruined by scalpers. Thanks a lot

    I got really lucky and found 4 NES Classics at my local Walmart like 2 weeks before they annouced the stop of production. I brought my neighbor and we both bought 2. We kept one each and the others I sold to my friend and his buddy for original price as they had been looking for them since release everyday on their lunch break at Target. Thats how these should be enjoyed.
    FPSChris and Cal Jeffrey like this.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    I really can't understand why there is such a demand for such an old thing. I had one back in the early 90's and enjoyed the time I spent with it but eventually got tired of it. If I paid 30 bucks for the thing at that time it was a lot and I can't even remember what happened to it. Times have moved on since then and I reckon those that buy now will quickly lose interest in them. I still have a PS3 and maybe if I hold onto it for another 20 years (if I even live that long) and people want more this retro stuff, I could offload for a fortune.
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  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,504   +3,897

    Shoot, why stop there ..... I got a couple of barrel hoops out in the garage and a dandy set of jacks & a ball that I'm willing to part with ....... what's my offer? Come on, don't be shy!
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  5. andrewdoyle88

    andrewdoyle88 TS Addict Posts: 137   +125

    What would someone suggest getting to play all old systems? I'm not interested in paying scalper prices for a single system. I've seen that the Pi 3 model B can't handle some N64 games and it might be 2019 until Pi 4 comes out.
  6. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 545   +268

    Nvidia shield
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  7. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +228

    So much for ****ing adding myself to a notification list on Amazon. I received no emails. I've never signed up to be notified for ANYTHING in my life. I wanted one. I will not reward scalpers so if I can't find it for retail I'm SOL. Some people don't get the nostalgia thing. I can play these games free on an emulator. Thats not the point. And if you don't get it, you just don't. Literally want something shiney I can put on my shelf. I want a device that literally looks like an old school SNES.
    ZackL04 likes this.
  8. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 545   +268

    Me too. SNES was my first.
  9. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 544   +330

    I prefer to play in ZSnes. ;-)
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  10. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 544   +330

    Current, even mid-range, smartphones are powerful enough to play most of these "systems". Including N64.

    PC is the best for emulations, IMHO.
    erickmendes and andrewdoyle88 like this.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    I'll have to eyeball it first before I rip you off... or maybe the other way around.
  12. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,929   +712

    Nintendo has known what they are doing this whole time, they intentionally only produce so many of these mini consoles to make them a collectible, not have them impact their already existing product line, and mainly because they are a bunch of A holes that have become detached from their customers.
  13. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 336   +228

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