Aside from the Nintendo Switch, the SNES Classic Edition is easily one of the hottest commodities to come out of the Big N’s wheelhouse in quite some time, as the limited edition retro console has already sold out practically everywhere. With this being the case, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has recently assured fans to not give up hope in obtaining the system, as the company has “dramatically increased” production of the console in an attempt to meet demand and avoid the same sorts of supply shortages that occurred with the availability of its precursor, the NES Classic.
This much was revealed during a recent interview held between Fils-Aime and Financial Times, with the Nintendo of America President encouraging fans to avoid purchasing the SNES Classic Edition in second-hand retail markets and wait for the company to produce more units. Regarding the matter, Fils-Aime said, “I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites. You shouldn’t [have to] pay more than $79.99.”
With pre-orders for the SNES Classic Edition selling out incredibly quickly once they’re made available, the markup on the retro console’s cost on sites like eBay has hit insane prices, with some going for nearly quadruple the recommended retail value. While Nintendo hasn’t shared any hard data or actual figures for how many consoles it will manufacture, the Big N has said that the product will be shipping from September 29, 2017 through the end of the year. This means that the company will need to seriously beef up its supply in order to meet demand and avoid disappointing gamers across the globe.
Since Nintendo has only committed to shipping the SNES Classic until the end of 2017, it’s really anyone’s guess as to whether or not the company will be able to satisfy every single fan who wishes to own the retro console within that time frame. Sure, the Big N could end up producing enough systems to sell out its entire stock and make an incredible profit in a quick manner, but it hasn’t promised that the product will be available in 2018 to ensure each interested party purchases it. After all, the NES Classic was surprisingly discontinued despite its huge success, so one can only hope the SNES Classic Edition doesn’t meet the same fate.
The SNES Classic Edition is set to release on September 29, 2017.