After a night of wrestling with Best Buy’s website at awkward hours and shady, unlisted, poorly updated Amazon pages that turned out to be the real thing, I’ve come to the conclusion that Nintendo has, in no way, improved your chances over the course of the year to score one of its retro consoles.
Oh, there’s still plenty of time to buy it up from one of the other retailers, but let’s face it. A lot of gamers aren’t going to buy one of these Super Nintendo Classic Edition consoles. Nintendo has made “substantially more” than the NES Classic Edition, which could mean anything from ten-thousand to two million units, but that still leaves out a large population of the Nintendo fanbase who will be missing out on all the retro fun.
After a night of failed pre-orders, Nintendo has, for two years in a row, turned us in into raving lunatics who stare at reloading retailer pages all day long because it couldn’t think of a better way than repeating its confusing methods from 2016. Go check out reddit and NeoGAF if you want to see the feelings right now as gamers wake up to the news that they’re already missing out.
Here’s a 90s inspired trailer to remind you of all that.
If, by some miracle, you are one of the lucky few able to navigate the Internet effectively and magically predict the exact minute that one of these things will be available through the remaining retailers, then you can go ahead and enjoy your 21 classic games and your “training-wheels” rewind feature that helps you conquer those hard to beat levels.
Other than that, all I can think of is getting Dad to test out his camping gear again. He’s not getting any younger, Nintendo! He became a grandfather TWICE in 2017. Long nights in the Best Buy parking lot aren’t long for him!