SNES Classic Pre-Orders "Outside Our Control" Says Nintendo Exec, Promising More Supply

Apparently, you shouldn't worry about picking up an SNES Classic.

News by Mike Williams, .

The pre-order situation for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Classic Edition has been less than great in the United States. Pre-orders have gone up at odd times, the stock has been rather low, pre-orders have been cancelled and shifted around, and some stores aren't pre-ordering at all. Part of the frenzy feeding into this issue was Nintendo's handling of the NES Classic Edition. The mini-console was exceedingly rare at retail and then Nintendo simply discontinued it.

Well, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has promised that the SNES Classic Edition will not fall into the same mire. On the pre-order issues, Fils-Aime told the Financial Times they were "outside our control".

"I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites," he told the outlet. "You shouldn't [have to] pay more than $79.99."

Fils-Aime added that the NES Classic production stock was based on the company looking at previous retro-consoles on the market and assuming their sales would come in around the same spot. The $80 price tag for the SNES Classic also had a specific reason: to keep the mini-console's price below any of Nintendo's "official" offerings, like the 3DS.

Fils-Aime also tackled Nintendo Switch stock, with regions like Japan remaining supply constrained. He admitted there were supply choke points in the Switch manufacturing process.

"There is not one choke point, there are multiple choke points. I won't go into any more detail but it's not just one component. I'm going to make millions of these units to flow into the marketplace," said Fils-Aime. "But what I don't know is what the demand is going to be. And there is a potential that demand is going to outstrip supply."

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Classic Edition will be launching on September 29, 2017.

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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #1 Jonnyboy407 8 months ago
    Sounds promising. Time will tell...

    I'm pleased that he's at least acknowledging the scalping situations.
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  • Avatar for Funny_Colour_Blue #2 Funny_Colour_Blue 8 months ago
    @Jonnyboy407 I agree,

    I never considered getting an snes classic, but I think I'll get one now as long as I can pay 79.99 for it.
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #3 Roto13 8 months ago
    Even with the shortages, the Switch is moving a lot of units. I do find it pretty easy to believe that they're producing as many as they possibly can.

    I'm not so convinced about the SNES Classic, though. People got burned on the NES Classic already.
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  • Avatar for prymusferal #4 prymusferal 8 months ago
    Fool me once, shame on you...
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  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #5 Wellman2nd 8 months ago
    Nintendo can talk the talk but can they back it up remains to be seen. For everyone decent fan and collector's sake I hope they are right this time.
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  • Avatar for matthewcooley77 #6 matthewcooley77 8 months ago
    why not make more NES Classics, too?
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  • Avatar for vonjankmon #7 vonjankmon 8 months ago
    @matthewcooley77 Yeah that is why I am a bit leery about the SNES release. Seems to me that if they were really committed to not having a repeat performance they could make an addition run or two of the NES.
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  • Avatar for airbagfin51 #8 airbagfin51 8 months ago
    It's kind of hilarious that they projected sales in terms of "other retro consoles", ignoring the fact that they are, well, *Nintendo*. Like a "you don't even know the power you wield" kind of thing.

    Although, I guess for things like this, it is the fiscally conservative thing to do.
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