Super NES Classic preorders are finally happening, and frenzied fans are already ravaging retailer stockpiles. The system, a 1990s era Super Nintendo that's been hit with a shrink ray and bundled with 21 games—including a never-before-released followup to 3D shoot-em-up Star Fox—arrives on September 29 for $79.99.
Here's where you can find the Super NES Classic, followed by a rundown of everything we know about Nintendo's micro-console so far.
Amazon - Sold Out
Amazon's preorders went live in the middle of the night, August 22, and immediately sold out. The online retailer's Super NES Classic preorder page is here.
Best Buy - Sold Out
The electronics retailer opened preorders Tuesday morning, August 22, and promptly sold out. Keep an eye on Best Buy's official Super NES Classic preorder page for further info, which the company says is "coming soon."
GameStop - Sold Out
GameStop's Super NES Classic preorders were supposed to go live at 1:00 p.m. ET on August 22, purchasable either as individual units or as part of five bundles, which the company says you can buy online, or via their web-in-store program. The company requires a $25 deposit to get the console on September 29.
The retailer also says it's taking preorders in-store.
Target - Sold Out
Target's preorders went live shortly after 1:00 p.m. ET on August 22, but quickly sold out. Its placeholder Super NES Classic page was last seen here.
ThinkGeek - Sold Out
The GameStop subsidiary is selling several fairly high-priced Super NES Classic bundle editions.
Walmart - Sold Out
You can preorder the Super NES Classic from Walmart here. The company's preorder page appears to have gone live around 1:00 p.m. ET on August 22, but buyers quickly burned through Walmart's initial allotment.
Toys 'R' Us - Not Available
Toys 'R' Us's Super NES Classic page isn't available yet, and according to this Twitter reply, the toy retailer won't offer preorders.
eBay - Available
If you don't mind paying exorbitant scalper prices, eBay has listings for the Super NES Classic for between $200 and $300. This is utter last resort territory for super-fans, and under-no-circumstances-whatsoever turf for everyone else.
What is the Super NES Classic?
More than merely a Super NES knockoff, the Super NES Classic is a pint-sized replica of Nintendo's beloved 16-bit gray-and-purple console that first arrived stateside in November 1991. Instead of top-loading cartridges, it comes with 21 games baked in, a pair of replica controllers and high-definition graphic support.
It also includes a special "rewind" feature that lets players retry sections of a game, from a few minutes to a few dozen seconds, depending on the game.
What's the Super NES Classic's release date and price?
You can have it on September 29 for $79.99.
When can I preorder?
See above! Preorders began August 22, 2017. That comports with what Nintendo said on its Facebook page in early August, noting that preorders would begin in late August.
What games does the Super NES Classic include?
You get 21 acclaimed gems, including original U.S. SNES pack-in Super Mario World as well as a Star Fox sequel that Nintendo and British studio Argonaut Games fully developed but never released. (To access Star Fox 2, you have to first beat Star Fox's starter level, says Nintendo, quipping "We didn’t want to make it too hard!")
Here's the full list:
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy III (hence renamed Final Fantasy VI)
- Kirby Super Star
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Mega Man X
- Secret of Mana
- Star Fox
- Star Fox 2
- Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania IV
- Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- Super Mario World
- Super Metroid
- Super Punch-Out!!
- Yoshi’s Island
What comes with the Super NES Classic?
In addition to the system, the box includes an HDMI cable, a USB charging cable with AC adapter and two Super NES Classic Controllers—essential if you're up for some local two-player per games like Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Mario Kart, Contra III: The Alien Wars and Secret of Mana. The controller cable length has wisely been extended to 5 feet as well. (The NES Classic's controller was just 3 feet.)
Where else can I find one?
Game blogs (as well as roundups like this one) will lag the signal flares whooshing from social hubs like Twitter and Facebook, or forums like Reddit and NeoGAF as sales news breaks. Monitoring the Twitter and Facebook feeds of retail giants like Target and Walmart for unexpected dispatches is a good idea.
Watch Nintendo of America's Twitter and Facebook feeds, of course. You can also keep an eye on the unofficial Nintendo Reddit (be sure to scan the "New" view), or monitor NeoGAF's SNES preorder thread, with the usual caveats about information gleaned from anonymous public hangouts. It's also worth bookmarking in-stock checkers like NowInStock or the Twitter feeds of deal-watchers like Wario64.
How many Super NES Classics will Nintendo make?
Nintendo has promised to produce "significantly more" of the SNES Classic than it did the NES Classic, a system that was perpetually sold out and eventually canceled well short of meeting consumer demand. It's anyone's guess what the total will be, but we know Nintendo sold 2.3 million NES Classics during its five-month run, so clearly more than that.
In an August 1 Facebook dispatch, the company reiterated its commitment to producing the system in high volume, writing "A significant amount of additional systems will be shipped to stores for launch day, and throughout the balance of the calendar year."
What's this about a companion Super NES Classic book?
Publisher Prima is putting out a companion book to fete the Super NES Classic titled Playing With Super Power: Nintendo SNES Classics, a compendium that's due simultaneous with Nintendo's micro-console on September 29. The beefy 320-page book combines historical info, speedrun tips and factoids, and is analogous to the book Prima published to celebrate the NES Classic last year.