SNES Classic Pre-Orders Sold Out At GameStop, But It'll Have More At Launch

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Update 2: GameStop has sold out of SNES Classics online, and while it may be worth checking with your local store, they're likely all out, too. The retailer has offered some reassurance people who didn't get one--and there appear to be many who were unsuccessful. It said on Twitter, "We'll have more available on launch day, in store, for walk-ins." That's good news in light of what's happening on the secondhand market.

Update: GameStop briefly brought pre-orders for the system and various bundles online through its website. However, heavy traffic has seemingly taken it back down. It's again now redirecting visitors to ThinkGeek, which has amazingly sold out of all seven of its high-priced bundles.

Original Story: Numerous retailers in the United States have brought their SNES Classic Edition pre-orders online today, only for them to sell out right away. GameStop is among those offering pre-orders right now, but you may have to head into a store to secure one.

As of this writing, GameStop's website is completely offline, no doubt as it's hammered by people refreshing in the hopes of pre-ordering a system. (It's now redirecting visitors to the website of ThinkGeek, which GameStop owns, and not offering any easy way to refresh GameStop's homepage.) But it's also announced on Twitter that it will be taking orders in its physical stores. Given the limited quantities that are sure to be available, however, you still may not have any luck that way. Several stores we checked with were unsure of how many units they would receive and, as a result, said they were not yet taking pre-orders.

We managed to get to a GameStop store in LA that had them in stock, only to find out that it was only offering bundles. One bundle costs $120 and comes with the Playing With Super Power paperback book and an extra, third-party controller. The controller, in particular, is a curious inclusion given that the SNES Classic already comes with two controllers. Other options ranged in price up to $190 for a bundle with a hardcover book, wireless third-party controller, and other unrelated physical items (like a puzzle). Similar bundles are also now being sold online on ThinkGeek's website.

Both Best Buy and Amazon brought SNES Classic pre-orders online overnight--and despite the hour, they sold out quickly. Walmart and Target followed during the day today, and those have also disappeared. Toys R Us is also expected to offer pre-orders at some point, possibly in the near future.

We'll continue to update out SNES Classic pre-order guide with the latest details on availability. It's unclear if additional pre-orders will be offered from these retailers before launch on September 29. Nintendo has said it will only offer the system during 2017, but it claims it will offer far more units than it did of the hard-to-find NES Classic Edition.

The SNES Classic consists of 21 games, including the never-released Star Fox 2. It also has a newly revealed Rewind feature that allows you to replay a portion of a game. We got our hands on one recently and were sure to compare its size with the original SNES and a banana, among other things.

This story has been updated.

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Frank_Castle

These are going to be just as hard to track down as the NES Classic.

Nintendo can suck my asshole. What a bunch of clueless dildos.

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Jamie64326

I am so glad I'm getting one of these. Can't wait for September! :D

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jyml8582

the US version of SNES is ugly as ****, get the Euro version or the Japanese version for the true authentic SFC experience.

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ZmanBarzel

@jyml8582: Why would we want "the true authentic SFC experience" in the U.S. when we didn't get the SFC casing?

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Phooey442

The clearly couldn't care less about their customers yet people flock like sheep to be decades old garbage. Glad I know how to pirate and not support these greedy bastards

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XenomorphAlien

Once again it's sold out by the time I see this article. Can I ask again what's the point of these articles? I bet they bumped up their preorder guide again with no info.

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Gaminsincepong

I want one of these. Maybe it wont be like the NES classic and there will be some to buy.

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cornbredx

It would be cool if they end up releasing so many of these that the scalpers sell none of them.

It's unfortunate that won't happen, but one can dream.

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NativePixel

I am all for Nintendo and what they represent in gaming! But the tactics and resources they are using/ wasting to stay relevant are just ridiculous. I blame the consumers at the end of the day on this one. Why not demand these older games be bc or emulated on the switch?

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inkman66

And cue Nintendo fanboys making excuses for the SNES Classic shortage in 3....2....1..........

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Jamie64326

@inkman66: It's not really an excuse when people are buying them faster than Nintendo can produce the systems.

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fig56

@inkman66: People want it more than what Nintendo made. Which means that demand exceeds supply. Not really an excuse when it's true.

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inkman66

@fig56 So you are saying that Nintendo is a company that is so inept that after nearly 4 decades in their industry they can not gauge demand for an item ?

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fig56

@inkman66: Your lack of how to run a business is clearly evident. It's ok, when your grow up one day you will understand.

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inkman66

@fig56 First rule of debate......when one has to resort to repetition of statements or degrading language one has lost the debate.

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fig56

@inkman66: My point is accurate. Only people who own a business and know how to be more than bottom feeding consumers like you understand the importance of supply in the market. This is a LIMITED TIME product and they will treat it as such by making a LIMITED AMOUNT.

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inkman66

@fig56 lol.....literally lol. First rule of identifying a troll......they assume things about people they have never met. INKman66 is not from having tattoos. I actually went to college in the mid 80's for a computer science degree but in some twist of faith was working for a printing facility and got into the printing field. I opened my own printshop in '94 and expanded that into another separate company that supplies restaurants with menus in a five state area in '07. We also have a niche website that sells custom printed raffle tickets across the U.S. So I think I would consider myself more than a bottom feeding consumer. Please be quite now......you're comments used to command SOME respect but your juvenile attempts at insults are degrading that rapidly.

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fig56

@inkman66: As minuscule as your success was, I would still imagine that you would understand how supply and demand works then. How disappointing that even people who claim to have "business acumen" most definitely don't.

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acefondu

@inkman66: And you don't think management changes in 4 decades? It's clear to me whoever is in charge of determining demand for these Classic consoles is inept, as there is no reason to leave so much money on the table like they are doing. Unless you can figure out whatever ulterior motive they have for doing this, I certainly can't and neither can most of the gaming industry when the comment on it.

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inkman66

@acefondu That would be my perception, also. I know with the NES Classic Edition it was simply a way for Nintendo to stay relevant during a holiday season when they had absolutely nothing....no great games to release and a console that had been dead for months. There is absolutely no reason the SNES should experience a shortage at all.

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chiefwiggum16

morons waiting in line for an emulator costing far too much and with a limited amount of games.

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Jamie64326

@chiefwiggum16: It might be limited to a number of games on the hardware, but it works out cheaper than buying these games individually on the Virtual Console.

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chiefwiggum16

@jamie64326: Oh I completely agree but if they had support of the VC as well they could have made much more money and sustained a pretty cool device, service and store.

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Jamie64326

@chiefwiggum16: But why give it full support of the VC when they've got actual consoles to do that for them? The Wii, Wii U, 3DS/2DS, New 3DS/New 2DS and Switch.

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chiefwiggum16

@jamie64326: Not full support, just support for that specific console. SNES Classic get access to SNES VC. NES Classic to the NES VC and so on. It would be more for nostalgia reasons but I bet they would be in every household.

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Jamie64326

@chiefwiggum16: That would be good

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Brandsome

@chiefwiggum16: it'll be hacked just like the NESC, then you can add all the games you want

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chiefwiggum16

@brandsome: Good for them, it still cost money and is limited to SNES games. Nintendo shoulve opened these Classic Consoles to the Virtual Console and allow for more downloadable games and open online play.

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acefondu

@chiefwiggum16: If they hack it, it won't be limited to SNES games

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GirlUSoCrazy

What you're saying is from now until launch there will be no more preorders...

Sounds like they made even less than the NES Classic

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Jamie64326

@girlusocrazy: Or people have gotten crazier than the NES Classic pre-order/release period.

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zoniax2

Screw Nintendo, I'm not jumping through hoops for them. If they can't produce more than 172 systems, I'll just steal what I want via emulation. Nintendo doesn't give a shit.

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fig56

@zoniax2: Nintendo sold over 2 million NES classics. They will sell over 4 million of these easily. The maths must hurt your brain huh? LOLz.

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Sonic536

I was just by chance standing in a Gamestop when they started preorders...

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FLEEBS

Got one! I'm super stoked!

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Jamie64326

@FLEEBS: Same here! :D

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Brettsky128

They shouldn't be allowed to sell this in bundles.

"Hey, we got a bunch of crap filling up our store, how to we get rid of it?"

"Bundle junk with the new hard to find sure to sell out SNES Classic! We'll give them no choice but to buy our cheap overpriced garbage that takes up more shelf space than our games!" *twirls mustache

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dlCHIEF58

@Brettsky128: This is exactly why I will never buy a launch console of any kind from those crooks. Every time they force you into some bundle, most times having multiple games that I likely have no interest in owning (or at least not paying full price for). I am surprised at their One X bundles with the Elite Controller - they are actually giving a break on the controller price which is something they almost never do in their launch bundles.

I am curious what random crap they are forcing on people who are looking at a SNES Classic since it has all games preinstalled.

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aross2004

@dlCHIEF58: My Game stop was just taking reserves on the system, no bundles of any kind.

Your tears taste salty and delicious...

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FLEEBS

@dlCHIEF58: You can return anything you don't want. I can see you didn't read the article, as they're only bundling stuff that's relevant to the console, even if they are offering a pointless controller and a needless guide.

They're still crooks, for sure, but not for the reasons either if you are stating.

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dominoodle

Walked in. No line. Preordered mine.

Employees were actively trying to get preorders from other customers and were met with little interest. One guy was like "i'll take my chances on release day", like wtf why not guarantee it?

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chiefwiggum16

@dominoodle: because its a stupid emulator dressed up like a console.

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Xylymphydyte

@dominoodle: The employees are probably having their jobs held hostage to some arbitrary number of preorders. Gamestop is a terrible place to work for.

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dimetro7

@dominoodle: I found out about the in store pre orders and drove as fast as I could and fortunately was able to reserve one too. I tried getting one for my brother but it was one per customer which was a bummer on one hand but nice that everyone could get a shot since they limited what they sold to people

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Luckily I was about 300 yards away from GameStop when I found out. I had rode with someone somewhere else and they were busy, so I walked my fat ass over to GameStop across the Walmart parking lot, in the boiling heat, to pre order this fucker. I got 5 of em. Selling 4 of em for 250 bucks each on eBay!!!! Hell yeah make me some money!

I'm jk I only got one of em lol

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