As we all probably expected, scalpers, I mean resellers, have already started listing the SNES Classic on sites such as eBay. When demand exceeds supply, which is usually the case when Nintendo release anything, prices inevitably rise on these sites, and that’s exactly what we’re now seeing, just a short time after the retro console was revealed.
Within a few hours of becoming available to pre-order, shops are now showing as out of stock. Listings in the UK have the console priced at £165, over double the price Nintendo were selling it for, whilst some sellers in the US have optimistically set the price at $1000. The NES Classic, which released last year and has since been discontinued, still fetches prices of over double the recommended retail price.
Nintendo has confirmed its plans to make more SNES than it did NES, however the life cycle will once again be a short one, as it only plans to make them through to the end of the year. This will no doubt have a lot of people worried, especially given the previously unreleased Star Fox 2 will be on the machine, making the SNES Classic the only way to play it. Other games include The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, F-Zero, Final Fantasy III, Donkey Kong Country and Super Mario World. The console releases in Europe on 29th September according to the Nintendo site.
In Japan, Nintendo announced the Super Famicom Mini, which is due to release on 7th October. The design of the Super Famicom is unsurprisingly different to the SNES Classic, but there are also some differences in what games are included with each; 4 games are lost on the Super Famicom, such as Super Castlevania IV and Earthbound, and are replaced with titles like Super Formation Soccer and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem. Thankfully, both new consoles have two controllers included, each with a longer cord than seen on the NES and Famicom.
Did you manage to get your hands on the SNES Classic before it sold out?