The SNES Classic Edition system will be available to pre-order through various retailers late this month, Nintendo today noted in a Facebook post. No specific retail chains were mentioned.
The news follows a recent debacle, wherein numerous consumers thought they had secured a pre-order through Walmart but eventually found their orders being canceled by the retailer. It’s clear that consumer demand for the hardware is high, following shortages and the eventual discontinuation of the preceding NES Classic Edition.
“A significant amount of additional systems will be shipped to stores for launch day,” Nintendo added reassuringly, “and throughout the balance of the calendar year.”
The SNES Classic Edition features an assortment of popular Super Nintendo games, including The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World, and Street Fighter II Turbo. It also includes the previously unreleased Starfox 2, a white whale of sorts for many long-time fans of Nintendo’s software.
When the SNES Classic Edition finally is available, it should carry an MSRP of $79.99. In the past, some retailers have taken advantage of the spectacular demand to bundle the hardware with undesirable accessories, and scalpers have listed units on auction sites at prices far exceeding the otherwise standard rate. Hopefully, Nintendo’s efforts to meet the demand will prove successful this time around and will mark an early start to a happy holiday season.
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I'm curious as to the UI between the US and the Japanese and the European consoles. Will the Euro SNES have the same exact UI and software as the American SNES, just in a SFC shell?
I have a European NES Mini for the games (Bubble Bobble!), which is essentially an American NES Classic minus a poster and AC adapter. But I also have the Japanese FC-mini for the form factor I grew up with. Never was fond of the boxy NES and its oversized carts.
The SNES mini presents me with a dilemma. I want the western games, but prefer the SFC shell, for which the Euro version is perfect. But I'm not too fond of the SNES logo stamped on the SFC shell. And I'm sort of keen on the purple American SNES because I really wanted one as a kid but never got to own one.
TLDR: I prefer the Famicom vs the NES, but I'm ambivalent as to whether I prefer the SNES or SFC pr a combination of both.
Just get the one you want and put the games you want on it when a version of hakchi is made for it, as it will inevitably happen.