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October 10: GameStop and ThinkGeek are both receiving more SNES Classic Editions. They'll be sold individually in stores beginning today, while bundles and standalone units will go on sale online on October 11. Specifics regarding the bundles were not shared, and it may take a day or two for retail stores to actually begin selling their micro consoles.

October 5: The SNES Classic Edition sold out at release as expected, and prices were high on Ebay, but Nintendo has insisted the system will be easier to get than the NES Classic. Your next opportunity to get one is now here, as GameStop has the micro console in stock on its website right now. As always, there's no telling how long it will last, so act fast if you're interested. [Update: It looks to now be out stock, but it may be worth refreshing the page today just in case.] We'll report back as the system comes back in stock at GameStop and elsewhere. In the meantime, check out our SNES Classic review.

September 28: The SNES Classic Edition's release is finally upon us. Fortunately, it looks as if you'll have an opportunity to purchase one on launch day (September 29) even if you weren't able to secure a pre-order. Nintendo has urged fans not to pay more than retail price and announced plans to extend availability into 2018 (it was originally only supposed to ship during 2017). But even on launch day, at least some stores will have them in stock.

Already, we've heard that GameStop and its subsidiary ThinkGeek will have SNES Classic Editions for sale. Best Buy will also have them--albeit only in its physical stores--and Toys R Us will, too. Although they haven't announced specific plans, you can count on Walmart and Target having them as well. Wherever you choose to try picking one up, just be aware that you may need to show up early. Best Buy recommended as much and said it will distribute tickets to those in line if necessary. While your odds of eventually getting one seem good, NES Classic Edition's supply issues may drive up demand for the new system in the short-term.

If you're wondering if it's even worth all the fuss, check out our SNES Classic Edition review. For even more information, head over to our guide to the SNES Classic Edition.

September 12: While pre-orders themselves may not be any easier to get, Nintendo has provided some encouraging news for those hoping to purchase an SNES Classic Edition. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently implored people not to pay more than regular price for the console. Now, the company has announced that the SNES Classic will continue to be sold into 2018, and not just in 2017 as previously planned. (The NES Classic is also coming back.) On launch day in the US specifically, Nintendo said that "more units of Super NES Classic Edition will ship ... than were shipped of NES Classic Edition all last year, with subsequent shipments arriving in stores regularly." This is still no guarantee that you'll easily get one, but things are looking better now than they did.

August 31: Walmart has begun contacting certain customers to notify them of canceled SNES Classic pre-orders. Based on reports from NeoGAF and Reddit, this only appears to affect those who ordered more than one unit, and it seems only the additional orders have been canceled. (We at GameSpot have also received such a cancelation notice, reducing an order for two units down to one.) There's no official word on this yet, but it's possible this move could free up additional units for pre-order.

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August 25 update 2: The SNES Classic Edition is back in stock at Walmart right now. It likely won't last long, so be sure to jump on it quickly if you're interested. This may be one of the last opportunities to pre-order the system prior to its launch in late September.

August 25: A number of Amazon pre-order customers have been notified that they may not receive their order on time. It's unclear how long the hold-up will last or what the problem is, but affected users have been sent an email notifying them of the potential delay. The retailer states that everyone who pre-ordered the system will eventually get their hands on one.

August 23: GameStop is officially sold out of SNES Classic Editions online, and it appears to be gone at most (if not all) of its physical stores, too. The retailer has said it will have more SNES Classics available for walk-ins at its stores on launch day, although it's unclear how easy it will be to get one. Meanwhile, SNES Classic prices have skyrocketed on Ebay. Some people had success ordering systems from Target after it looked as if they were all gone, so it's not inconceivable that routinely checking out the US retailer links below will be fruitful. We'll continue to update this story as more pre-order opportunities become available, but there's no guarantee that there will be many more chances to buy one in advance of launch--at least at retail price.

August 22 update 6: Toys R Us has announced on Twitter that it will not offer pre-orders. Instead, it will be available in stores beginning on launch day, September 29. This comes as a surprise, as Toys R Us was among the retailers that Nintendo listed on its official website as offering pre-orders.

August 22 update 5: Amazingly, the expensive bundles at ThinkGeek have sold out. GameStop's website returned online this afternoon with the SNES Classic and bundles available, but heavy traffic brought it offline. As was the case earlier, it's again redirecting visitors to ThinkGeek.

August 22 update 4: Just as GameStop is offering some pricey bundles in stores, its subsidiary, ThinkGeek, is now selling the system online. Its website offers seven different bundles, ranging from $140 to a whopping $330.

August 22 update 3: Walmart and Target pre-orders are indeed gone, at least for now. GameStop's website has been taken offline, but it's taking pre-orders in its physical stores. There's still no word on Toys R Us pre-orders.

August 22 update 2: Walmart pre-orders have gone live and seemingly sold out almost right away. Target pre-orders are live but the site seems to be having trouble, and it may also be gone. Likewise, GameStop's website is slow to load, but you might be able to get an order in. Separately, GameStop announced on Twitter that it's offering in-store pre-orders right now.

August 22 update: Amazon and Best Buy both briefly offered SNES Classic units in the very early US morning hours today. It came in and out of stock at Best Buy for a period of time, but for now, it appears both retailers are sold out. That said, it looks as if more stores will soon launch SNES Classic pre-orders.

Those in Canada will soon be able to pre-order a SNES Classic from Best Buy. The store has announced that pre-orders go live at approximately 10 AM PT today, so you'll want to start mashing F5 on its website around then. It will not be available in Quebec.

August 17 update: The previously available Walmart pre-orders were ultimately canceled in the US. Nintendo has since revealed that SNES Classic pre-orders should arrive in the US by the end of August. We don't yet know when they will go up for sale exactly, but you can check out the store listings at some major retailers through the links below. With the end of the month fast approaching, we should have more details soon.

July 21 update: For the first time, the SNES Classic has come up for pre-order in the United States. It's unclear how long it will last for, but Walmart is offering the system here.

Update: Those in the UK may have missed at least their first chance to pre-order from certain retailers, but Nintendo's online store has the SNES Classic available as of this writing.

Original Story: Nintendo announced the SNES Classic today. A miniature version of the classic Nintendo console, the $80 system that comes with 21 games and two controllers launches in the US in September. Given that last year's NES Classic sold out basically instantly everywhere it was sold, fans might be wondering how they can secure the SNES Classic right away.

US retailers are not yet widely accepting pre-orders, but in Australia, you can secure a pre-order right now through JB Hi Fi and EB Games. The console sells for $120 in Australia and it looks a little different than the North American edition.

UK retailer Game announced today that pre-orders were available for the SNES Classic, but at press time it appears that the allocated units have been sold through.

In the US, Amazon has a page up for the SNES Classic, as does Best Buy, but you cannot actually pre-order the system there as of yet. We will update this post as more retailers open pre-orders for the SNES Classic. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest.

The Super NES Classic Edition features a total of 21 games, including some huge names--EarthBound, Donkey Kong Country, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Super Mario World are among those included. But most notable of all is the inclusion of a game--Star Fox 2--that was famously never released. Here's the complete list:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-Zero
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out
  • Yoshi's Island

As with the NES Classic Edition, the SNES Classic features HDMI output and resembles the look of the system it's based on but in a smaller form factor. But unlike that system, it comes with two controllers in the box.

On the subject of supply, while Nintendo isn't sharing specific numbers, it did say it will deliver "significantly more" units than it did with the NES Classic Edition. That said, it only plans to ship the system between September and the end of 2017.

In Japan, Nintendo is selling the console as the Super Famicom Classic--and its game lineup is not the same as in the rest of the world.

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I had to go in store at game, and they rinsed me for a £50 deposit, scumbags!! God help them if they oversubscribed their allocation...

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Just preorder from EB games !

Never owned one of these ,I was a mega drive 2 kid myself back in the day,my kids and I will have fun with this come September

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@larry1060ti: same here. 4 years ago bought my first snes. And managed to preorder one snes mini too.

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Any gamer that buys this is an idiot.

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@Pedro: Why? I bought the NES one and loaded it with every NES game so now everything is in one box and with official controllers, absolutley best place to play them.

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@Pedro: Why do you say that? I never had a SNES and never played most of the games from back then.

I like the idea it looks like the original and it's cheap really. I ordered the Atari one as well , loved that console but we were never allowed to have one back then.

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Biggest game I wish was in this is Simcity. It had some of the catchiest music of the era.

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I am bit surprised it only has 21 games, where is pilotwings, tetris attack and chrono trigger? Does this mean we will get less games when the N64 classic get released next?

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@lewser5: don't worry it will be cracked in no time and you can fit 700 games in it. It's why I preordered one.

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It hurts my feelings donkey kong country 2 isnt on there

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Predictable Nintendo is predictable.

Only worth it if its hackable, though.

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You can easily got emulators everywere for all pcs and most modern consoles out there. And they are free, nobody cared about old games years ago and less about obsolete hardware, until now. Nintendo gets desperate somehow on how to make money in everyway possible.You don´t see every other company doing the same sh*t. I don´t mind Hi Def at all. The reason why I don´t do videogames in emus anymore is because these games are too old, already played them and got pretty bored fast of ´em. I tried NES/SNES emus only a PSP years ago and quit almost right away. No love lost at all and it´s thesme for most gamers out there. How is possible that there are some hooked into this stuff? Quite funny.

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@hitechgraphs: thats the difference, I've got everything known to man on my pc and its just not the same, even when using snes controllers and arcade sticks. If you play a nes mini you'd see its just a more authentic experience.

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@fishnpeas1: Without a 4:3 CRT televsion it will never be a more authentic experience.

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More plastic junk that will just end up in a landfill.

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@ronaldmcreagan: There are people that appreciate these old games and it is about nostalgia for them. Or they just never owned a Snes such as myself.

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I wish companies wouldn't announce new products until they are able to accept preorders. It always ends up being a guessing game where only the lucky few can secure units.

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Why am I not surprised that the title is clickbait.

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@cornbredx: Who wro - oh.

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Well, I can already play the ENTIRE LIBRARY so screw them.

Got a OUYA with a SNES emulator, got all the game on a hard drive and it plays using HDMI and WIRELESS controller from 8bitDO.

Nintendo can shove it up their ass after the debacle that they did with the NES classic. They can kiss my fucking ass. I am DONE with you Nintendo. Also I plan to get a SCART cable for the SNES soon and then a SD2SNES cart then Scart to HDMI and then I can play them using the real hardware. Nintendo can kiss my ass from now on.

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@suprsolider: ^Agreed. People should start buying HDMI clone consoles for their retro appetites. Retron 5 may not be perfect but it's one of the few NES clones where you can play the original cartridges. I'm lucky to be the owner of a Retro Freak. There's also plans for an HD version of the Super Retro Trio by Retro-Bit (this one might actually end up a system-on-a-chip HD console.

People should also consider buying pre-owned systems, accessories, and games for Nintendo products in the future as a form of protest if the big N continues with these sort of business practices. Gamers as consumers should send a message to them that we don't like this.

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@suprsolider: that's a lot of ass play you got planned...

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@zerohournow: Yep i would be worried lol

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@suprsolider: Could have saved yourself a whole lot of trouble and just bought a Retron 5. 1 console, plays NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games, has it's own OS and game saving feature, connects using HDMI, has ports for your retro controllers, upscales games to 720p/60fps, an SD slot for memory expansion and a wireless controller. Just pop in your favorite cart and go. These little consoles are cool and all but, they're just collector items and each one you get adds one more video connection and one more power adapter to the mess of wires you likely already have so, I don't feel too bad about not being able to get one.

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@bdrtfm: Not all the games work in those things and the build quality is garbage too.

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@deviltaz35: I've never had a problem with any games not working. As far as build quality goes, that's subjective. I know many people who have and love it.

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@bdrtfm: Fair enough my mate got one though it may not be the same as his had over 1000 games with it but some didn't even work and the controllers were dodgy quality. He did fix it by doing his own maintenance but the board failed twice an required solder in one spot.

I guess you get what you pay for really. There are not multi million dollar factories churning these out.

No guarantee these minis won't break either though i guess hey?

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@bdrtfm: Collector´s items my arse. These are just discontinued mass production consoles that everybody can get easily for 20 bucks or less in flea markets in working conditions.

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@hitechgraphs: What are you on about? These are not the original consoles. Some of those in great condition can still fetch a decent amount of money.

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@hitechgraphs: Which planet is this? Older, good condition consoles are very hard to find. Especially ones still in the packaging. I have a Turbo Grafx 16 complete in box. It's the only one I've ever seen other than on eBay or other online store and I own a shop that sells consoles and games, esp. retro systems and games. Let me see you find that in a flea market for 20 bucks.

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@bdrtfm: I have a Dreamcast new in box , it was given to me for free and had never even been opened. Someone was using it to prop open a door in their office :). It was an unused promo console.

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@bdrtfm: I recently bought a box for my TG16, cost almost $200. Tried for one for my Turbo CD as well, bid $500 and still lost! lol

Getting to the point you'll be lucky to find these retro consoles for under $100 soon.

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@suicidesn0wman: I was lucky, I got mine in box, with inner lining and manual + the bundled game for $50. The guy who sold it to me brought in a bunch of stuff, an Atari 2600 "woody", Atari 2600jr, the TG16, a GameCube in box but with a madcat controller (easy to replace) a Colecovision, a Sega System with CD add on, another Sega system without the add on, 2 Sega Saturns and a whole sh1tload of controllers, peripherals and games along with a bunch of RAM, HDD's and other computer components. He came from a small town not far from here where he just closed a store and wanted to get rid of it. He said he didn't care what I gave him for everything else but he wanted $50 for the TG16. I offered $200 for everything if I remember correctly and he took it. Wish I had people come in like that more often. Now a days, someone comes in with something and they've already priced in on eBay so, when I ask how much they want for it, they tell me the eBay price. I tell them to go put it on eBay if that's what they want for it. It's not worth the time and effort to buy something from someone for $120 and sell it for $125 and make $5 minus expenses but, people just don't get that. If it's something I can use for my collection, that's a different story.

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@bdrtfm: Ahh so this was recent? I remember I got mine off Ebay before the prices started going up. I've got 3 TG 16's, one standard, one with the Turbo Booster, and one with the Turbo CD. I think I paid $35 and $40 for the first two and $115 for the TurboCD bundle with carrying case. Ended up finding my games for it in a thrift store for $2-3 each, including Bonks Adventure, Legendary Axe 1 & 2 Splatterhouse and Bloody Wulf.

Looking to get a box for my Atari Jaguar right now, gonna cost me more for that($90) than I paid for the console w/9 games($75).

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@suicidesn0wman:Yeah it's funny the boxes, Styrofoam and manuals cost more than the consoles. Well, I guess it makes sense since people rarely kept the boxes and such and those that are left are easily destroyed compared to the consoles. It was last year that I got the TG16. Like I said it was mint in box with the game bundle and Bonk's Revenge. I basically got a good $1200 worth of stuff or more for $200. I mean the Atari and Coleco games aren't worth much but a bunch of them were in the original boxes as well which I find are hard to get because the boxes were garbage and fell apart over time. And he had a lot of new uponned PC parts which sell fast so, I was happy. I don't get deals like that very often. The only other time I had something similar happen was when another guy from out of town who, this time was opening a game store instead of closing one. He cleaned me out of a lot of stock. He bought every DS game I had which was well over 200 of them. All of my GBA carts, GB carts, GameCube games, basically everything Nintendo he grabbed along with a lot of PS and Xbox stuff. I had empty shelves for awhile. People thought I was closing down that section of my shop. As far as flea markets and yard sales go, you never see consoles or games in them anymore. Even old folks know to go on eBay, Craigslist or Kijiji with that stuff now. So getting bargains now is pretty much impossible.

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@bdrtfm: Yeah, I've been focusing on getting boxes and manuals for loose items in my collection now that the Xbox collection is 100%. It's been rough finding some of these items, game may cost $15-20 and the box is $75-100. In some cases it's easier to buy an item CIB and then sell the extra cart/console. Hell I recently saw someone selling the box & manual for a big box PC game for $45 on ebay, you could buy the game CIB for $25. lol

Iirc, you're up in Canada right? I go on long trips to check out retro stores all the time but that's too damn far away. :(

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@suicidesn0wman: lol it is $120 in oz anyway

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@deviltaz35: What isn't expensive in Aus?

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@Pineapple_Head: I dunno it's just the Australia tax they reckon :). You get used to it . The Kia Stinger GT i am looking to buy seems to be reasonably priced from what i can gather so not everything is expensive compared to elsewhere.

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@hitechgraphs: Where are these flea markets with grossly underpriced OEM hardware? Certainly not on the Eastern half of the country.

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@suicidesn0wman:Not in any half of any country.......

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@bdrtfm: Oh I know.

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@ChldsPlay: You wouldn't use the console all the time though so you can just place the console on a coffee table lol . Problem solved.

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Im seeing amazon uk has more right now

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Seems like they went again, however managed to get one on the DE site.

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@barcaazul: It makes 0 sense that they haven't gone up in the US yet.

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Fake news I pre order mine today at game store

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Good luck to all you eBay shoppers.