Without a doubt, there are a plethora of people who missed out on the opportunity to snag an SNES Classic Edition yesterday, for as soon as pre-orders for the retro console opened, retailers across the globe sold out almost instantaneously. While being left empty-handed is certainly the case for a lot of fans in this situation, GameStop has stepped forward to assuage a lot of gamers’ fears of never owning the system by announcing that it will have some in stock on launch day. However, as is the case with all deals that sound too good to be true, there is a catch.
As seen in the tweet below from GameStop’s official Twitter account, the video game retailer confirms that it will have more SNES Classic Edition consoles in stock when it releases next month for walk-in customers. With this being the case, it will mean first come, first served for those willing to brave the crowds in search of the system, and getting it through GameStop on release day will likely result in fans camping out in long lines for numbered tickets to ensure they get the product.
If you weren't able to snag an SNES Classic today — don't sweat it. We'll have more available on launch day, in store, for walk-ins. pic.twitter.com/ZnAPVsB8Cm
— GameStop (@GameStop) August 23, 2017
Of course, for those who don’t wish to spend an exorbitant amount of time trying to procure an SNES Classic at GameStop on launch day, there are other alternatives right now, but one must be prepared to drop some hefty coin on the retro console. As it so happens, there are lots of listings for the system through online stores, but should current eBay prices be a decent barometer of how much the SNES Classic generally costs on the resale market, prices will range anywhere from $200 to $500, which is well over the recommended retail price of $80.
The mad rush to purchase the SNES Classic is definitely frustrating for many, and the huge portion of fans scrambling to obtain one is likely due to the chance of Nintendo eventually halting production on the system altogether, much like it did with the discontinuation of the NES Classic. This occurred despite the NES Classic’s success, which means that even if the SNES Classic manages to sell just as well or better than the former system, it isn’t guaranteed to be in production forever.
So, at this point, while the options left to get an SNES Classic are slim, there’s still hope. The choices have been whittled down to either spending triple to quadruple the original asking price through third-party vendors, or camping out at one’s local GameStop for a chance to get it. Ultimately, the decision will result in whether or not one wants to break the bank, or sacrifice a huge amount of time.
The SNES Classic Edition will launch on September 29, 2017.
Source: GameStop – Twitter