Update (Aug. 22, 1 p.m. ET) Pre-orders are now live! The six retailers offering pre-orders are listed below, and the hardware will likely be sold out very quickly. Some of the sites are currently struggling with the load and not all pre-orders may be live yet.
Original story: Nintendo announced the Super NES Classic Edition today, and the company is adjusting its strategy by allowing retailers to accept pre-orders for what’s sure to be one of the hottest gaming items this year.
The NES Classic Edition was stocked sporadically throughout the year, and we already know that the Super NES Classic Edition is a limited release as well. Nintendo has already stated that it’s making more units to hopefully meet demand, and we’re hoping that enthusiasts in the US will be given a chance to pre-order before launch. The NES Classic Edition was handled on a strictly first come, first served basis.
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Update (Aug. 22, 4:45 a.m. ET): The SNES Classic Edition looks like it’s currently available for pre-order, according to reports. Note that it says it’s the Gametrust edition, so we’ve reached out to Nintendo for confirmation.
Update 2 (Aug. 22, 6:30 a.m. ET): All gone.
Update (July 21, 11:44 p.m. ET): The SNES Classic Edition is currently available for pre-order.
Update 2 (July 22, 12:12 a.m. ET): Pre-orders appear to be all gone.
Update 3 (July 26, 4:15 p.m. ET): Walmart has confirmed that it’s canceling all existing pre-orders — they went live early because of a “technical glitch.”
There is a landing page, but no way to get an alert and no hints at pre-orders. [Update: There’s now a Notify Me button on the page.]
Update (Aug. 22, 1:20 a.m. ET): Pre-orders are live right now!
Update 2 (Aug. 22, 1:36 a.m. ET): Pre-orders appear to be sold out, about 20 minutes after they first went live.
It looks like pre-orders will be starting today, Aug. 22.
Update (Aug. 22, 2 p.m. ET): GameStop is taking pre-orders in stores. No listing on the retailer’s website is available. It sounds like individual stores are getting stock of approximately 10 units, so get in line now!
What about other parts of the world?
Good question. Amazon UK has pre-orders, although stock will likely be gone by the time you read this. Game UK offered pre-orders yesterday but quickly sold out. Let’s hope this means other retailers will be offering pre-orders in other regions, and we’ll be updating this post as news comes in.
The SNES Classic Edition will be released on Sept. 29, and the system will include 21 games for $79.99, giving it a smaller library than the discontinued NES Classic for $10 more — perhaps because there’s an extra controller in the box.
The system ships with two wired SNES Classic controllers, as well as an HDMI cable, USB charging cable and AC adapter. The two controllers are to make the Classic Edition’s multiplayer games playable right out of the box.
We would suggest getting your pre-order in as quickly as possible if you already know you’d like to buy one. The demand for the system will likely increase as news of its existence leaves enthusiast circles and the mainstream audience that grew up with the Super Nintendo joins the hunt.