Amazon UK is altering the deal on SNES Classic pre-orders

Joanna Estrada
July 6, 2017

The miniaturized console is headed for a holiday season debut and will come with 21 classic games pre-loaded, along with two SNES controllers a relatively lengthy 5-foot cord (versus the 3-foot cord that shipped with the NES Classic). "Similar to these software titles we have made available on a variety of platforms over the Internet, we consider the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom (to be sold as Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition in the U.S.), scheduled to be launched in Japan this October (and September overseas) to be a type of Virtual Console".

Nintendo's SNES Classic Mini has been available to pre-order in the United Kingdom for the past week and already it's proved a nightmare to get ahold of.

The original SNES sold more than 50m units after it went on sale in 1990, and cemented Nintendo's reputation as one of the world's best-loved gaming companies. Of course, some of the fault lies on Nintendo, both for not anticipating how popular the NES Classic would be and then for abruptly discontinuing the console after making promises that everyone who wanted one would be able to get one.

Now that we've seen this for the United Kingdom, does that mean Amazon will continue this trend for SNES Classics that go on sale in North America?

This could include selling classic games at retail, which could also mean a lack of traditional Virtual Console support for the the Nintendo Switch.

During the rollout for the SNES Classic last month, Nintendo made a point to preemptively cover for many complaints about last year's NES Classic. The magic of the Virtual Console is that it's just that: virtual. But it seems like Nintendo's philosophy on opening up its backlog to the masses has fundamentally changed. The mini console will be priced at $79.99, come with 21 games and release September 29. As it stands right now, most NES Classic systems are priced on eBay at $250 and up. Sales numbers for Virtual Console downloads aren't available, although they reportedly hit $66 million back in 2010.

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