It was a cold, long morning for fans hoping to snatch the SNES Classic, Nintendo’s latest attempt to cash in on the fervent nostalgia of the gaming community. I tried—but failed (miserably)—to get one today, only to realize that I already made a superior SNES emulator using a Raspberry Pi and this handy guide.
So, yes, although the SNES Classic technically went on sale today, it’s not easy to find. I made it to a Walmart 45 minutes before it opened at 7 a.m. PT but the allocated tickets were already given out to consumers who got there even earlier. I imagine my experience is similar to many others who braved the early morning hours only to be disappointed by a lack of supply.
Nintendo has assured consumers that there will be enough of the SNES Classic to go around. But if the preorder debacle, and now today’s limited supply, is any indication, the new nostalgia machine will be even harder to find than last year’s NES Classic. Call be a pessimist, but I don’t like my chances of getting one before the holidays.
Which is disappointing, because Nintendo has already confirmed the SNES Classic will only be made until the end of this year. If you can’t get one for the suggested retail price of $80, you’ll have a few options: Accept that you aren’t going to buy, make your own, or buy one on sites like eBay for hundreds of dollars. Even Nintendo doesn’t like the last option.
If this feels like deja vu that’s because this exact thing happened last year, which begs the question: Has Nintendo learned nothing? Granted, there seemed to be a larger initial supply at the few stores I stopped at, but this is the Super Nintendo Entertainment System we’re talking about, so demand is even higher.
Hopefully, Nintendo is right and there will be plenty of supply in the weeks to come. But I’m sitting here at my desk with no SNES Classic in sight, and it makes me very sad.