The launch of Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition last year was marred by the company’s near-total disconnection from reality, as supply issues drove resale prices of the mini-console to several hundred dollars. It’s no surprise, then, that Nintendo fans were skeptical they’d be able to get the SNES Classic Edition this year. Indeed, pre-orders sold out almost instantly last month, but Nintendo says it’s planning to ramp up production this time rather than ignore the problem.
The NES Classic Edition was a hit last year not only because it included a raft of popular games from the 80s and 90s, but also because it was a capable game emulation machine. The reasonable $ 60 price tag was a far cry from what many gamers paid as the resale value of systems shot upward. They were willing to pay it, though. As desperate gamers were still loitering around stores, hoping to snag a unit, Nintendo discontinued the immensely popular product.
Nintendo didn’t let us mourn for long, announcing the SNES Classic Edition a few months later. The offers was similar to the NES Classic, but the price is a bit higher at $ 80. That price gets you the console, two controllers, and 21 games pre-loaded. The games include Contra III, Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and StarFox 2 — a game that never actually came out on the original SNES, despite being completely finished and ready for launch.
The situation thus far hasn’t been encouraging. The first round of SNES Classic pre-orders sold out in a few minutes, but Nintendo says that’s all out of its control. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé urges gamers not to pounce on the consoles the instant they hit eBay. “You shouldn’t [have to] pay more than $ 79.99,” said Fils-Aimé. It’s easy to say that, but can we trust Nintendo on this?
According to Nintendo, it has planned to “dramatically increase” production of the SNES Classic Edition to ensure everyone can buy it at retail. Of last year’s mistakes, Fils-Aimé says the company mistakenly set up its supply chain and manufacturing deals based on the mediocre sales of other retro consoles. If that’s true, Nintendo clearly does not understand the emotional connection many gamers have to NES games.
So, maybe you should hold off on the SNES Classic bidding wars and see how this works out. If Nintendo can indeed meet demand this year, you shouldn’t have to drop more than the $ 80 asking price. If it fails… like they say: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.