Here’s a hot tip from Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aimé: Don’t pay more than $80 for the SNES Classic, which in all likelihood will be impossible to find when it’s released on September 29.
Talking with the Financial Times, Fils-Aimé said Nintendo is doing everything it can to meet demand for the upcoming SNES Classic, promising it learned from last year’s debacle. As such, he says not to be tempted by after-market sales.
Fils-Aimé’s comments come months after the NES Classic attracted bids of over $200 on eBay, all due to the retro console’s limited availability.
“I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites,” said Fils-Aimé. “You shouldn’t pay more than $79.99.”
What made last year’s launch of the NES Classic such a disaster was how few were made. Not only that, but Nintendo only manufactured the console for a limited time, creating a scarcity that drove prices up on auction sites like eBay.
But it wasn’t just eBay where prices were crazy. Some retailers forced bundles upon consumers, meaning the only way to purchase the NES Classic was to buy the console with unnecessary extras. Fils-Aimé says there will be greater supply this year in an effort to meet demand, but we’re not holding our breath considering the abysmal preorder situation.
Nintendo has already confirmed it’ll make the SNES Classic until the end of the year, which means there’s a sliver of hope you may find one before the holidays. However, after the lack of availability for the NES Classic, you can understand if Nintendo fans aren’t optimistic.
The SNES Classic features some of the Super Nintendo’s best games, including The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario World, and the never-before-released game Star Fox 2.