Nintendo Super NES Classic Edition, which is launching this month on September 29, might be impossible to get, going by the history of Nintendo so far. The $80 worth console with 21 built-in games is an inexpensive, nostalgia-laced product that the company is producingin limited quantity, and it will be available only for a limited time.
When pre-orders went live for the console in August, it was a complete mess. First of all, it was a total lack of communication from Nintendo's end regarding the time and place of when the pre-orders would go live. The entire procedure led to dozens of frustrated consumers.
However, according to Reggie Fils-Aime, President, Nintendo America it was not Nintendo's fault that it the whole pre-order scenario was such a mess. Instead, Fils-Aime said it was "outside our control".
In an interview with the Financial Times, Fils-Aime also added that it wasn't a question of lacking supply, and he also urged potential customers not to turn to the auction sites and pay extra in order to purchase a Nintendo SNES Classic Edition.
"I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites," he said. "You shouldn't pay more than $79.99."
Technically that's the amount of money one should shell out to buy the console, as the standard retail price for Nintendo's re-released Super NES Classic Edition is $80. However, as seen in case of NES Classic Edition re-release in 2016 and last month's SNES Classic Edition pre-order fiasco, it is more likely that the supply of the console will be limited in number, hence, customers will line up early and the initial units will be sold out within moments.
Invariably, fans will turn to those far more expensive bundles in order to get one SNES Classic along with a bunch of junk that no one otherwise cares to buy. But this time, Nintendo has promised to produce far more Super NES Classic Edition consoles than it did with last year's NES Classic Edition.
According to Business Insider, one Nintendo representative had stated in June, "We aren't providing specific numbers, but we will produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition."
It remains to be seen how all these things turn out to be when this Nintendo Super NES Classic Edition finally goes on sale from September 29 for $80.