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SNES Classic Update: My Personal Experience


By Caitlan Burns

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If you’re a fan of retro gaming you might remember that Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System Classic,  a miniaturized version of the NES preloaded with 30 integrated classic games at a retail price of $59.99. That was in 2016 and, for those that wanted the system, it was a nightmare to get one. The market was flooded with scalpers, forcing desperate and frustrated customers to either pay far more than retail or hope that, just once, they could press the buy button in time. In mid-2017 Nintendo abruptly discontinued the NES. The entire experience left fans at best annoyed and at worst tearing their hair out and with nothing to show for their dedication. Sure, the system is apparently a lot of fun but the effort of getting it soured that sweetness a little. I wasn’t in any position to buy, so I didn’t experience this release personally.

 

 

 

 

Last year, 2017, Nintendo released a follow up to the NES Classic, the Super NES Classic. It has 21 classic games and retails for $79.99. The 21st game is Starfox 2 which never got a release.  This time, things were supposed to be different. They were going to ship out lots and lots of the consoles and, even though manufacturing was going to stop, they were going to resume in the summer of 2018. As with the previous console scalpers descended, supply sold out in minutes, or more often seconds, and while there were more units and more restocks I still didn’t get one.

 

 

SNES Classic/Amazon.com

 

Well, it’s 2018 and last Friday, my roommate came into the room, said, “There’s something on Amazon you’re going to want to buy with your Prime account. Use my card,” and grinned. Apparently, we’ve been hanging out for way too long, because I knew exactly what he was talking about and I immediately purchased the SNES Classic. We were both very excited. We decided to surprise our other roommate, my partner, by opening the box in front of him when it arrived. The estimated arrival date was last Sunday, the 15th,so it wouldn’t be long. Or so we thought. I crowed when I checked the listing. It was already sold out and all that was available was an overpriced system offered by a third-party seller. I was so happy. We would finally get the SNES classic. Finally, after all the scrambling to buy in previous months, I had the console and we’d be able to play with it before the end of the week. Then, I checked my email.

 

Amazon Screenshot/Caitlan Burns

 

Oh, those three words little words. Delivery date pending. They hurt so much to read. We owned it but we didn’t have it. We’d missed the ones in stock before the listing updated or there’d been a miscount. Perhaps someone had hidden a unit. We don’t know. Whatever happened, the victory is only partial.  All I really want to do is whine about how unfair it is, and how hard I tried and how dumb Nintendo and Amazon are. I’m a champion whiner. I grew up with cats. Very vocal cats.

 

At least we technically own a SNES Classic.

 

Currently, the stock update for the SNES Classic on Amazon is April 22. Though this may seem positive, I’ve been watching the estimated in-stock date change since last week. Sometimes there isn’t an estimated in-stock date at all and sometimes it’s as late as April 25. Hopefully, there will be more stock soon. Both the NES and SNES classics are supposed to be available on and off this summer. Anyone who doesn’t yet have one and hasn’t been scared away by the supply issues can rejoin the fray and, if the scalpers don’t get them all, have a better chance of playing such retro gems as Dr. Mario and Bubble Bobble or, FFIII. Nowinstock is a good place to check for stock updates. If you need more information and pretty, pretty pictures of the systems and games offered, the promotional pages are here and here.