The numbers are coming out for in-store stock for the SNES Classic on launch day, September 29. While these numbers aren't completely verified, if what they're reporting is true, it will mean more SNES Classic in stock on launch day than when the NES Classic was shipped last year.
According to Brickseek, certain stores in New Jersey will have as many as 96 SNES Classic units in stock, though across the state stock varies anywhere between 42, 16, or even zero. In Florida, the same website reports around 30 units in stock. Wario64 also tweeted that some Targets could have as many as 300 SNES Classic consoles in stock.
Some Walmarts in New Jersey will supposedly have 96 units of SNES Classic. pic.twitter.com/xkSD32BHfa— Wario64 (@Wario64) September 21, 2017
Was just told that Target will have more than 100k SNES Classics on first run. Biggest Targets getting 300, mid-Targets 100, lows getting 60— Wario64 (@Wario64) September 21, 2017
Compare these numbers to the incredibly low number of NES Classic stock stores received when the previous retro Nintendo console launched. Some GameStop stores reported only have as many as six NES Classics in stock on launch day, while similar numbers were reported at Walmart's NES Classic midnight launch.
After the debacle that followed the launch of the NES Classic last year, Nintendo probably isn't eager to revisit another year of hard to find retro Nintendo consoles. Unfortunately, pre-orders for the SNES Classic were kind of a mess still.
However, Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, claimed there will be more launch day shipments of the SNES Classic, telling customers they "shouldn't [have to] pay more than $79.99" for a SNES Classic. He's presumably referring to console resellers who are currently selling pre-ordered SNES Classic consoles with huge price hikes well into the hundreds of dollars.
We will update this post when these in-store stock numbers can be verified, but hopefully this year's SNES Classic launch day will be an improvement over last year's NES Classic launch.