Despite being just announced yesterday, the SNES Classic Edition can already be found in listings on eBay.
Widely rumored to be in development following the success of the NES Classic, the SNES Classic announcement puts to rest months of speculation. Now there is yet another classic console, miniaturized, and ready to prey on our nostalgia for the MSRP of $79.99.
While the North American version has yet to appear for pre-sale, the European model is already available for pre-order - if you can find it. Most stores in the UK have already sold out, bringing back the specter of massive supply shortages that were the hallmark of the NES Classic, last Christmas’ must-have console.
Unsurprisingly, the SNES Classic has already taken to eBay, with many unscrupulous profiteers snagging a pre-order early and now promising to resell it to the highest bidder. Some scalpers in the UK are selling for over three times the retail price.
As the SNES Classic has yet to go on sale in North America you won’t see anything similar on eBay here, but if what happens in Europe is any indication it may be a good idea to check in with your local game retailer to be first in line when the console does go up for pre-order. And if you’re a video game villain just looking to make a buck, maybe stay home and be the good guy for once? The rest of us will be sure to appreciate it.
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Last year’s NES Classic turned out to be an unexpected success for Nintendo, selling out absolutely everywhere to the point where scalpers were re-selling the console on eBay for anywhere from $200 to $500. When all of the 2.3 million units were sold out and Nintendo announced they were discontinuing the product it angered millions of fans still looking to get their hands on the coveted console. Many accused Nintendo of creating artificial scarcity by limiting supply in order to drive up demand.
Industry analysts suspect that Nintendo merely vastly underestimated the throngs of people clamoring for a piece of Nintendo history, and discontinued the product since the SNES Classic was already in development. Having the two consoles on sale at once would dilute demand for both, leading to weaker sales.
Or it may have just meant people would buy two Classic consoles instead of one.
Regardless of Nintendo’s intentions, they’ve promised that this time there will be a far greater supply of the SNES Classic than last year’s console. We’ll see if that turns out to be true.