Getting a Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition at launch in the United States was nothing short of a challenge, as the console was never available for pre-order. This wouldn’t have been a problem if Nintendo had shipped enough units to meet demand, but not only they didn’t, but the console was discontinued before it was fully met! However, it looks like Nintendo have learned their lesson, and are making sure the SNES Classic doesn’t meet the same fate as the NES Classic.
For starters, the SNES Classics is going to get pre-orders: those will start late this month, at various retailers. We don’t know which ones yet, but it’s safe to assume the biggest ones will have the console up for pre-order by then (Amazon, Target, GameStop, BestBuy, etc.).
Also, Nintendo is planning to ship a “significant amount of additional systems” for launch day, which means that even if you do not manage to secure a pre-order, you should be able to get yourself a SNES Classic without too much trouble… hopefully!
Finally, Nintendo is also planning to keep shipping aditional shipments throughout the rest of the calendar year, so that hopefully everybody who wants it before/on Christmas can get it.
Here’s the statement in full:
We appreciate the incredible anticipation that exists for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, and can confirm that it will be made available for pre-order by various retailers late this month.
A significant amount of additional systems will be shipped to stores for launch day, and throughout the balance of the calendar year.
In France, Nintendo is also planning to ship a significantly higher number of units… more than for the Nintendo Switch, in fact!
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition / Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainement System comes out on September 29th in Europe and North America. The Japanese equivalent, the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom, comes out on October 5th in Japan.
Source: Nintendo (Facebook)