The SNES Classic Edition is causing headaches now and is only guaranteed to cause heartaches come the holiday season. Nintendo has a poor track record as of late making sure its products are available in ample supply, and the reality is that many lifelong and loyal fans will likely lose their chance to buy a much-coveted mini console to a scalper with a faster internet connection.
Amazon.uk is at least taking proper steps to ensure that as many fans get one as possible. According to customers of the online retailer, the SNES Classic Edition will only be available on a one-per-customer basis.
The news comes on the heels of the device being sold out across the U.K. within minutes of its pre-orders becoming available. Those who bought handfuls are reporting on NeoGAF that Amazon has emailed them and will adjust their orders to just one device.
And it’s a good move on Amazon’s part. Retailers got just as much flack as Nintendo for last year’s epic mishandling of the NES Classic Edition, and this is the exact proper step to take to ensure that the playing field is fair and everyone has a chance to get one.
We’ll wait and see if Best Buy, Target, and the North American Amazon branch have the willingness to join Amazon.uk.