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Please don’t let this be Walmart all over again.
Very early Tuesday morning, Best Buy and Amazon opened a brief window of online pre-ordering. Best Buy went live at 1:30am and Amazon waited until closer to 5am. By the time many people heard about it, the miniature classic consoles were already sold out. If you missed it, though, don’t worry. You’ll have more chances to buy your little piece of gaming nostalgia.
Considering the Walmart fiasco earlier in the summer, we are all hoping that the lucky few who managed to get their paws on a pre-order will get to actually keep it. Between Walmart accidentally opening pre-orders and then almost immediately taking it back and the quantity issue with the NES Classic, Nintendo has a track record of struggling to meet the significant demand for their classic console reboots.
The SNES Classic is set to be officially released on Sept. 29, and will have more then 20 preloaded games, including the never before released Starfox 2.
Nintendo has updated the SNES Classic website with a list of retailers that will offer pre-orders, but as of now none of them have any consoles up for grabs. Several retailers—including Amazon and Best Buy—have the option to sign up for alerts when sales go live, but you’ll have to act fast.
GameStop informed its employees to be prepared for a major announcement later today, according to Kotaku, so keep an eye on those screens and a finger on F5.
Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.