It seems that gamers who want to buy the SNES Classic won’t have the same stock issues that plagued the previous classic editions of Nintendo’s consoles if a recent interview in the Financial Times is anything to go by.
Speaking to the Financial Times, Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, said that production of the SNES Classic has “dramatically increased” when compared to the NES Classic. Aime also advised potential consumers to not spend over $80 on a SNES, especially on auction sites which tell me that Nintendo is very confident of meeting the high demand for the console.
“I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites. You shouldn’t [have to] pay more than $79.99,” Fils-Aime said.
Previous iterations of Classic Nintendo consoles have been plagued by stock issues since launch. Whether this was an intentional move by Nintendo to create an artificial demand, they deny it with Aime saying that they simply didn’t produce enough units to meet the unexpected demand.
The SNES Classic has pre-orders have not been without controversy. US retailer Walmart announced in July that it was stopping all pre-orders for the SNES classic after it started to accept pre-orders before they were given the go-ahead by Nintendo.
The games line-up for the SNES Classic has been confirmed which include the likes of Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country as well as the never before released Starfox 2. You can see the full list of games here.
If you’re hoping to pick up an NES classic edition I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Nintendo has confirmed that they are stopping production on the NES Classic, although you could find one on an auction site and pay at least triple what it’s worth.
There have also been rumours that Nintendo will be launching an N64 Classic edition after a patent was issued for an N64 controller.
If you’re one of our readers in Ireland, Smyths Toy Store has confirmed that the SNES Classic Mini will be available to buy on the 29/9/17 for €89.99.