“Significantly More” SNES Classics Will Be Available for Purchase – But There’s a Catch

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If you’re a gamer, chances are you remember the NES Classic Edition tragedy of 2016. A moment of silence for those lost souls that fell into the scalper’s trap by paying up to 5x the amount of the retail cost because of Nintendo’s love of underproducing hot items. If you listen closely, you might even hear Sarah McLachlan’s “In the Arms of an Angel”. With  the announcement of the SNES Classic Edition’s release alongside a never before seen Star Fox 2, it’s a little understandable why the reason for the panic. Because of this, Nintendo has some news. Some of it is good, some of it … well. It’s Nintendo.

Let’s start with the good news, because that’s how this is supposed to work, right? The good news is that they seemed to have learned from the NES Classic fiasco and are producing “significantly more” units than before according to a press statement:

We aren’t providing specific numbers, but we will produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition…we are offering Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition in special recognition of the fans who show tremendous interest in our classic content.”

Now … the bad. Part of the reason for the let down during the NES Classic’s release was that consumers were waiting for the next round of shipments only to find out that the hopeful moment was simply not meant to be. After the discontinuation of the throwback console, the eyebrows were raised to see if the SNES version would have a longer market life.

Super NES Classic Edition is currently planned to ship from Sept. 29 until the end of calendar year 2017. At this time, we have nothing to announce regarding any possible shipments beyond this year.”

With Nintendo’s focus being primarily on the Switch and its constantly updating roster of added titles, it does make a certain kind of sense for the limited window of opportunity. There is a huge market for reflecting on the classics both with veterans within the gaming world, and newcomers looking to get a taste of where it all started. That Nintendo recognizes this corner of the market is fantastic, even with the limited accessibility.

Will you be picking up your SNES Classic Edition? What are your thoughts on the unreleased Star Fox 2? Tell us all about it in the comment section below, and don’t forget to check out DFTG on Twitter for gaming and entertainment news live 24/7!

Liana Ruppert578 Posts

With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Mass Effect, Liana has been an avid collector of gaming and comic memorabilia for well over two decades. With a passion for writing, gaming, and comics - she is currently working as Editor-in-Chief for the revival of Prima Games, with previous managing editor experience with several gaming publications including ComicBook.com, The Hollywood Reporter, TwinGalaxies, and other outlets. She is also the Co-Owner and Managing Editor for DFTG. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, as well as several Facebook communities online.


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