Nintendo: Retailers Will Start Taking Super NES Classic Pre-orders Late This Month

Nintendo: Retailers Will Start Taking Super NES Classic Pre-orders Late This Month

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You'll be able to pre-order a Super NES Classic "late this month," Nintendo says.

Since Nintendo announced the Super NES Classic back in June, there's really only been one question that gamers in the US want answered: When can we pre-order the damn thing? Wal-Mart's website began accepting pre-orders late on July 21, a Friday night, and the units quickly sold out. However, the company announced the following week that it was canceling those pre-orders, as they had gone live due to a "technical glitch."

There's been no further word on when we might be able to throw our money at Nintendo for one of the retro units, but on its Facebook page yesterday, Nintendo announced that the opportunity will be coming soon.

"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."

The company went on to say that, "A significant amount of additional systems will be shipped to stores for launch day, and throughout the balance of the calendar year." This is in line with previous Nintendo statements, when it said that it would "produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition." Hopefully it's a lot more units, as the NES Classic shipped 2.3 million units, and it seemed like there were a lot more that never got their hands on one.

There's no specific date for pre-orders to begin, but hopefully we'll have a update and specific dates and times from Nintendo soon. If you really want a SNES Classic, you'll want to keep an ear out for news. Odds are they'll go quickly.

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So glad I pre-ordered mine a month ago here in the Netherlands.

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They won't stop the crap forced scarcity stuff, so long as we, the customers, continue to reward them for it with mass pre-ordering.

God damn it. I'm actually really considering trying to preorder one of these. Not even a Nintendo fan.

Let me know. Im gonna actually try to pre-order.

Even if I have the money by the end of the month I'll probably miss it by hours.

Saltyk:

God damn it. I'm actually really considering trying to preorder one of these. Not even a Nintendo fan.

Scalper? /sarcasm

Jacked Assassin:
Even if I have the money by the end of the month I'll probably miss it by hours.

Saltyk:

God damn it. I'm actually really considering trying to preorder one of these. Not even a Nintendo fan.

Scalper? /sarcasm

Nah. But I never did have a SNES as a kid and there are SNES games on it that I was interested in playing.

Pre-order sounds nice and all, but can we really trust Nintendo? Will there be enough units shipped overall? I've rarely seen software shortages, I pre-order a game I've gotten the game. Even when I haven't pre-ordered they're plenty of the regular stock. But when you talk about hardware, things get crappy. Pre-order and they sell your item anyway or pre-order and they don't receive enough units and you're on another wait list. After trying to get a NES classic, I can only think Nintendo will drop the ball again. Can't wait to see how big a mark-up those scalpers will charge for the SNES.

Pre-order culture strikes again. What if there were no pre-orders? What if every unit sold had to be bought on or after the release date? Scalpers would be limited by their local shops and those shops might limit them to one per customer making it easier for people who want to buy it to use it to get one.

STOP SUPPORTING PRE-ORDER CULTURE, please.

mythgraven:
:(

They won't stop the crap forced scarcity stuff, so long as we, the customers, continue to reward them for it with mass pre-ordering.

Their lack of supply in these endeavours doesn't actually reward them, though. Isn't this just a case of them spinning their wheels?

FalloutJack:

mythgraven:
:(

They won't stop the crap forced scarcity stuff, so long as we, the customers, continue to reward them for it with mass pre-ordering.

Their lack of supply in these endeavours doesn't actually reward them, though. Isn't this just a case of them spinning their wheels?

It might kind of reward them. Hard to say how much but they could potentially sell less or sell the same amount over a longer period if they didn't create an atmosphere of "this is your only chance to get one." So it's not just straight sales, it's the fact that all those sales are at once which would look good for quarterly figures.

There's plenty of countries you could pre-order in already, so I'm not sure what area this article is about.

Gutsripper:
So glad I pre-ordered mine a month ago here in the Netherlands.

It went fine down south in Belgium as well.

WeepingAngels:
Pre-order culture strikes again.

Nah, not really. Pre-ordering something when you know that supply is going to be limited and you can't make it on launch day isn't such a bad thing, providing the store you buy it at has a decent money-back policy. Pre-order 'culture' with videogames is almost shit per definition considering the lack of supply problems, but that doesn't fly necessarily for hardware. I just wanna make sure I get this thing, considering I'll probably be a bit too busy on launch day to stand in mile-long lines for hours on end.

Cowabungaa:
There's plenty of countries you could pre-order in already, so I'm not sure what area this article is about.

Gutsripper:
So glad I pre-ordered mine a month ago here in the Netherlands.

It went fine down south in Belgium as well.

WeepingAngels:
Pre-order culture strikes again.

Nah, not really. Pre-ordering something when you know that supply is going to be limited and you can't make it on launch day isn't such a bad thing, providing the store you buy it at has a decent money-back policy. Pre-order 'culture' with videogames is almost shit per definition considering the lack of supply problems, but that doesn't fly necessarily for hardware. I just wanna make sure I get this thing, considering I'll probably be a bit too busy on launch day to stand in mile-long lines for hours on end.

Right, pre-ordering is ok when it's hardware and when you pre-order software, that will be the exception too. Here's a thought, supply is short BECAUSE of pre-order culture. Not only does it make it easier for scalpers to get multiple units, everybody pre-ordering because they believe the supply is short makes it so. Self fulfilling prophecy.

FalloutJack:

mythgraven:
:(

They won't stop the crap forced scarcity stuff, so long as we, the customers, continue to reward them for it with mass pre-ordering.

Their lack of supply in these endeavours doesn't actually reward them, though. Isn't this just a case of them spinning their wheels?

The belief that you better buy one if you find one does benefit them.

mythgraven:
:(

They won't stop the crap forced scarcity stuff, so long as we, the customers, continue to reward them for it with mass pre-ordering.

I can understand them not understanding the demand for the nes classic. I mean they probably just thought there would be a collectors market for it and didn't take scalpers and such into account. I mean they know how much and easily nes games are emulated.

Worgen:

mythgraven:
:(

They won't stop the crap forced scarcity stuff, so long as we, the customers, continue to reward them for it with mass pre-ordering.

I can understand them not understanding the demand for the nes classic. I mean they probably just thought there would be a collectors market for it and didn't take scalpers and such into account. I mean they know how much and easily nes games are emulated.

No, the demand for the NES Classic was apparent after it was announced, it's just that Nintendo wasn't paying attention. Also, scalpers are not new. The ease of emulating NES games hasn't stopped Nintendo from overcharging for them several times since the launch of the Wii VC.

Will you make excuses for them when they undersupply again? Did they misread the market for the Wii, the Switch and Amiibos too, when do people stop making excuses for them?

WeepingAngels:

The belief that you better buy one if you find one does benefit them.

Yeah, but they don't deliver ones for people to then have, so it's a pittance and then everybody everywhere who has an internet connection probably realizes that there are other alternatives.

CheetoDust:

It might kind of reward them. Hard to say how much but they could potentially sell less or sell the same amount over a longer period if they didn't create an atmosphere of "this is your only chance to get one." So it's not just straight sales, it's the fact that all those sales are at once which would look good for quarterly figures.

Strange, I don't recall hearing anything about companies caring about looking good, but about money. I mean, this is pretty evident in how BAD they can look, especially lately.

FalloutJack:

WeepingAngels:

The belief that you better buy one if you find one does benefit them.

Yeah, but they don't deliver ones for people to then have, so it's a pittance and then everybody everywhere who has an internet connection probably realizes that there are other alternatives.

CheetoDust:

It might kind of reward them. Hard to say how much but they could potentially sell less or sell the same amount over a longer period if they didn't create an atmosphere of "this is your only chance to get one." So it's not just straight sales, it's the fact that all those sales are at once which would look good for quarterly figures.

Strange, I don't recall hearing anything about companies caring about looking good, but about money. I mean, this is pretty evident in how BAD they can look, especially lately.

They care about how good they look to investors. We can go fuck ourselves. That's the point I was trying to make, making a whole bunch of sales at once must look good for shares. Think about it. If people know Nintendo is about to make a whole mess of money they might invest more. Honestly I'm talking out my ass but there has to be some reason this benefits Nintendo? Right? Maybe they are genuinely stupid.

FalloutJack:

WeepingAngels:

The belief that you better buy one if you find one does benefit them.

Yeah, but they don't deliver ones for people to then have, so it's a pittance and then everybody everywhere who has an internet connection probably realizes that there are other alternatives.

CheetoDust:

It might kind of reward them. Hard to say how much but they could potentially sell less or sell the same amount over a longer period if they didn't create an atmosphere of "this is your only chance to get one." So it's not just straight sales, it's the fact that all those sales are at once which would look good for quarterly figures.

Strange, I don't recall hearing anything about companies caring about looking good, but about money. I mean, this is pretty evident in how BAD they can look, especially lately.

It is valuable for people to have the mindset that Nintendo products (and let's face it, Nintendo almost always has supply issues) should be bought ASAP. As another poster pointed out, it's important for investors and it's important for the consumer perception that Nintendo products are hot items. Are we really to believe that Nintendo did no market research about the demand for the NES Classic? Are we to believe that Nintendo didn't see the excitement for the NES Classic after it was announced? Are we to believe that they are incompetent instead of doing this on purpose?

WeepingAngels:
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Are we really going to give them the benefit of the doubt when there is, to my mind, no real reason to do that?

CheetoDust:
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Hey, I'm sure that in their heads, they're brilliant. The views expressed by Nintendo officials may not necessarily represent that of the human population, though.

FalloutJack:

WeepingAngels:
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Are we really going to give them the benefit of the doubt when there is, to my mind, no real reason to do that?

CheetoDust:
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Hey, I'm sure that in their heads, they're brilliant. The views expressed by Nintendo officials may not necessarily represent that of the human population, though.

I mean it requires believing incompetence across hundreds of people across multiple divisions and countries. It's safe to assume there's some reason this benefits Nintendo in some way. It's still shitty, anti-consumer practice, I'm not trying to justify it.

FalloutJack:

WeepingAngels:
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Are we really going to give them the benefit of the doubt when there is, to my mind, no real reason to do that?

CheetoDust:
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Hey, I'm sure that in their heads, they're brilliant. The views expressed by Nintendo officials may not necessarily represent that of the human population, though.

So you are saying Nintendo is incompetent as they just can't seem to get supply right?

CheetoDust:
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WeepingAngels:
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Basically, guys, I've seen more in my life to convince me that people are not as clever as they think they are, than that there is a really clever plan on board that works. It's complicated, it's convoluted, and it involves alot of people. It is more likely that it will not succeed. Nintendo has demonstrated the ability to hang in there, but it has only ever been a dominating force when it lacks real competition. I think they're ham-fisted and unwilling to adapt in a situation.

 

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