Super Nintendo Makes a Comeback

Fans will have a limited window of time to get their hands on the console in New York. (Photo: Courtesy of Nintendo NY via Twitter)

by Raymond Fret


Nintendo Corp. seized the opportunity to capitalize on nostalgia once again with the release of the Super Nintendo Classic Edition.

Released in North America on Sept. 9, 2017, the miniature Super Nintendo, like its predecessor, the NES Classic, is a hot commodity since buying one is not as easy as just walking into a store most of the time, making it a scalper’s dream come true.  However, patient shoppers do have a chance to snag one at the retail price with some due diligence and a little bit of luck, especially if they live in or close to New York City.

A quick search on ebay.com instantly produces a result of over 5000 consoles for sale at vastly inflated prices over $100 from opportunists hoping to make a quick buck from nostalgic gamers, but it’s best not to feed that market.  The expected shortage has been addressed by Reggie Fils-Aime, the chief operating officer of Nintendo of America.

“I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites . . . You shouldn’t [have to] pay more than $79.99,” Fils-Aime said according to the interview with the Financial Times.

The company has also addressed the shortage directly.

“More units of Super NES Classic Edition will ship on its Sept. 29 launch day in the U.S. than were shipped of NES Classic Edition all last year, with subsequent shipments arriving in stores regularly,” stated Nintendo via a press release on Nintendo.com. “Fans have shown their unbridled enthusiasm for these Classic Edition systems, so Nintendo is working to put many more of them on store shelves.”

“Fans have shown their unbridled enthusiasm for these Classic Edition systems, so Nintendo is working to put many more of them on store shelves.” — Nintendo

Websites such as nowinstock.net and brickseek.com are a valuable tool for those who are looking to buy the classic at retail price. Nowinstock alerts buyers via text and email when new stock is available to purchase online while brickseek informs buyers of the amount of physical stock available in stores such as Target and Walmart when they visit the site directly. New Yorkers have an option that is not available anywhere else in the world via the Nintendo NY store located at 10 Rockefeller Plaza due to its daily restocks of the micro console.

Updates on stock and availability can be found via their Twitter page https://twitter.com/NintendoNYC for those willing and able to physically go to the store and stand in line for a couple of hours.

“To help as many fans as possible during the launch of the Super NES Classic Edition, NintendoNYC will employ the following purchase policy” said Nintendo NY via a tweet on September 27th. “Sales of the Super NES Classic Edition will be limited to one per person while supplies last.”

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