Following a frustrating kerfuffle with Walmart's online pre-order service, it looks like we finally know when(ish) the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition will be available for reservations. According to Nintendo, you'll want to keep your credit cards handy later this month.
Over on the Nintendo Facebook Page, they've revealed a window for when folks can expect the SNES Classic Edition to be made available for pre-order "by various retailers." It's not an exact date, but Nintendo is saying to expect availability "late this month." Included in the announcement is a statement about appreciating the "incredible anticipation" folks have been showing for the console, as well as a promise that they will, in fact, be available in stores following pre-orders.
A significant amount of additional systems will be shipped to stores for launch day, and throughout the balance of the calendar year.
We're happy to see Nintendo reiterate their promise to make more of the consoles available than with their last Classic outing, but you'll have to forgive us if we're a little skeptical. The NES Classic Edition launch was a joke, with Nintendo basically selling one batch of the things and then riding off into the sunset. They also planned on ramping up Switch production earlier this year, but we're only just now starting to see the new consoles on store shelves out in the wild. Then there was the whole Walmart incident last month, where pre-orders went live, some folks had those pre-orders denied or cancelled, and then everybody else had theirs cancelled, too. That one may have been a Walmart issue, though, as they claim an issue in their scheduling made the pre-order announcement go live too early.
Either way, we're hopeful Nintendo isn't simply boasting this time around. We're still baffled by their decision concerning the NES Classic Edition, and we feel pretty bad for third party accessory developers who seemed to think Nintendo would be making and selling more than 37 of the things. Still, they're only planning on selling the SNES Classic through the end of 2017, so be sure to grab one ASAP when they become available if you're hoping to add one to your collection. As a reminder, the machine boasts a whole bunch of pre-loaded SNES games, including Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World, EarthBound, Street Fighter II, Super Metroid and the previously unreleased Starfox 2.
We get a sneaking suspicion these Classic Consoles are the reason Nintendo has not launched a Virtual Console for the Switch, but we certainly hope that's not the case. Sure, they started out as a toy company, but we figure they'd make far more money on these games if they released them digitally on their already successful new console rather than gating them behind a new piece of plastic they're not even planning on making past this calendar year.