After much waiting, North American customers will finally be able to pre-order the SNES Classic Edition later this month according to a post on Nintendo's official Facebook page. However, Nintendo hasn't revealed a specific date for when the pre-orders will go live, only that you will be able to at "various retailers".
"We appreciate the incredible anticipation that exists for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic edition system," wrote Nintendo in the Facebook post. The company confirmed that pre-orders will go live and that "A significant amount of additional systems will be shipped to stores for launch day, and throughout the balance of the calendar year."
The SNES Classic Edition pre-orders have already gone up in other regions like Europe, but have yet to go live in North America. Walmart put up pre-orders for the console on its website a couple weeks ago where people managed to place some pre-orders. However, Walmart soon started cancelling some orders and giving ambiguous statements about pre-order cancellations. Eventually, Walmart explained that the pre-orders page for the SNES Classic went up erroneously and cancelled every order. The Nintendo announcement should mean that retailers are now clear when pre-orders should go up.
The SNES Classic is the second classic console Nintendo is putting out following the NES Classic last year. Unfortunately, demand far outpaced supply as Nintendo struggled to keep the NES Classic in stock, until the company claimed that the NES Classic was a "limited" item, and promptly cancelled production earlier this year. Hopefully, with the SNES Classic, Nintendo will manage supplies a little better, although with scalpers in other countries already marking up resale values, that doesn't seem likely.
We will keep you updated on when exactly American customers will finally be able to pre-order the SNES Classic.