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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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just got one from play asia. it's still in stock now :

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I ended up having to pay a scalper $200 Canadian for mine. I can’t trust these stores here in Ottawa to have the SNES Classic and also, not all pre-orders were filled. If you’re a massive SNES fan like I am, it’s well worth having. I’ve played it exclusively the last three days and haven’t even tried everything yet.

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Fvck that overpriced and overrated POS box. I can play those exact same games with emulators on my firestick using a bluetooth controller.

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@urbanman2004: It's not a bad little gadget. I was really surprised how small it is. About 1/2 the size of a PS4 game case.

Pretty amazing really.

I'd never played any snes games before though so i thought it was pretty good value.

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Nintendo = garbage company, garbage consoles past and present and recycled games for money grabs to sell to poor peasants.

As I'm rich, I stay away from these lowby Nintendo consoles and company. Time to raise your standards Nintendo fan bois

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Oh. More click bait from Gamespot. I should've known. It's hard to tell some times.

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@therealmysteryd: In 22 years I've never had that particular problem with Gamespot. If you do then maybe you need to reassess how you express your disagreements.

Just some friendly advice. Toodles.

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@computernoises: New information added to the article? Works for me. Googling "super nintendo" brings this up in the fourth spot of the search results, so I have no problem with Gamespot trying to maximize that SEO cred.

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Has anyone ever heard of emulators?

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@bewarethenights: have you ever heard of aesthetics.I hope your not the guy who watches those bootleg movies where you see the shadows of people on the screen.Spend some money on the industry you like.If everybody thought like you the industry wouldn't exist.

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@jkittleson: I rather spend money on games that I haven't played yet.

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They added 5 more to the build line

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@Dav_id83: LOL yeah, really.

The NES Classic was a paper launch, and this is as well.

They're not actual products, just designed to generate press for Nintendo.

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Can't wait to use up up down down left right left right AB lol

edit : Dang it, that was on NES

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Hopefully, all the other retailers follow suit. Now watch me miss all the other preorders anyway...

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@JustPlainLucas: I really feel like this is a loss cost for me :(

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News just in.

A random person was seen walking down the main street in Grimsby, United Kingdom, with an Asda's carrier bag. It is generally accepted at this point that there may have been a SNES Classic Edition inside said carrier bag - this is unconfirmed though.

Shortly after this, another report came in from the UK again, this time in Skegness, where a man walking his dog in the local park, swore that he saw a man carrying a small white cardboard box under his arm. Early indications suggest that this may well have been a SNES Classic Edition although he said he might have mistaken this for a cake box, which is of similar size and shape to the ones sold in the local bakers, a mere 10 minutes away from the reported location.

Updates as they come in.

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This just keeps getting better

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Does unavailable mean they have not been released for preorder yet?

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Is this a meme yet? ancestors are not happy(sharpening blade)

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It never went on sale at bestbuy

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can you all shut the heck up with saying "fake news"?? it makes you sound retarded.

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Is this farce still ongoing?

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@ecurl143: It will never end. It's the seventh circle of hell!

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Missed another opportunity. They were up for 18 minutes. 18 fucking minutes. Really, Nintendo... how many of them are you actually making for them to be sold out that quickly...

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@JustPlainLucas: My guess is 5-6 million.

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@JustPlainLucas: 1

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Sold out? Why don't they just buy the original on e-bay?

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@cjtopspin: I still have my original. I'd get this because it is actually made for modern televisions and not CRT's, at least that's what I'm assuming. I have misplaced a few of those cartridges as well, so more games.

Honestly tho, I'd really rather have all this on a handheld than my tv screen, but I'm not paying 150 for a DS. I could also use my cell phone but I'd really rather not be reaching for my PS4 controller every time either.

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@PayneKiller: You know I didn't think about I'm curious how it would look on my 65" 4K TV. I'm assuming it would be all stretched and weird.

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@cjtopspin: oh and just remembering the other reason I'd rather get this.. I tried a friends hacked Wii for emulation and he claimed to me it was great for emulation, but when I loaded up SMW it was unplayable with all the input lag. I would assume they can't sell that for $80 lol

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@PayneKiller: So are they remastering all the games for HD as well?

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@cjtopspin: No, but they look good on HDTVs. The output is 720p though-not that it matters if your TV has a quality upscaler. And not that ANY of this matters since this isn't a real product that actually exists.

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@cjtopspin: lol I'm not sure to be honest. But I remember being in a discussion and they said these bigger tv's are gonna handle the games differently than our CRTs did and there may be more input lag. I really don't know since I haven't tested myself tho

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Fvck that. I just use a wireless bluetooth controller and play those games on my firestick

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Fn target pulled a Walmart on me I was able to secure a pre order yesturday around 3:15 a.m. Then I fell asleep woke up around 11 a. m. Received an email saying my pre order had been cancelled with no explanation 😞

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@ninjaguiden78: Never preorder from Walmart, they're the most guilty of cancelling.

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i do think Nintendo can do better than this will they is another question

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You should just buy a raspberry pi 2 and put lakka on it! Lakka has a PS3 UI and runs pretty smoothly

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@MariJoe007: Is Lakka really good? I find the biggest deterrent for me from emulators is actually finding a good one that requires minimal to know tweaking. I downloaded one once that was praised by many and I spent forever trying to make Super Punchout run right only for it and eventually just gave up. I can't remember the name of it now, but it did have a PS3 UI like what you're talking about. Sound was just always messed up.

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@jerjef: Absolutely dude. All you do is flash Lakka on the microSD and then move the ROMs you wanna play over an internet connection. I worked perfectly for me, I played Chrono Trigger and Donkey Kong Country on it. USB SNES controllers help with the overall experience too. If you need help I'd gladly help ya out

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Gotta give props to gamespot I saw eb games was taking in sore pre-orders and scored 2. Cheers to those who got one and I hope those who did not get a second chance too.

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I'll stick with the original :D