Heading into tomorrow’s release of the $79.99 Super NES Classic Edition, the question on the minds of Nintendo fans is what supply will look like. We all remember the impossible odds of procuring an NES Classic last year, and Nintendo has stated numerous times that it has ramped up production and launch-day units this time around.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has urged consumers not to get suckered into paying exorbitant reseller prices on eBay and Craigslist. If you miss out on launch day, be patient. The company has promised to manufacture “significantly more” of the miniature Super Nintendo than it did the NES Classic.
But odds be damned, maybe you’re determined to get an SNES Classic of your own tomorrow and play it all weekend. That’s where I come in, friends. I want to help ensure you find your way to those glorious hours of Donkey Kong Country, Star Fox 2, Super Mario World, and yes, even Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts.
The first decision to make is whether or not you’re willing to drive around for one.
I don’t trust the internet and I want to buy one in real life at a store.
Generally speaking, all major US electronics retail chains are guaranteeing that they’ll have the SNES Classic in stores on September 29th. But just like last time, everyone is also emphasizing the term “limited supply.”
The approach to handling people in line is a bit different between retailers. Some are using an orderly ticketing system, and others are simply going first-come, first-served when their stores open.
Best Buy: The go-to electronics retailer will be distributing its SNES Classics through a ticketing system. Every Best Buy location will have stock, and tickets for all available launch-day units will be distributed at 7AM to those in line. Best Buy isn’t holding a midnight launch, nor is it opening early for this launch; regular business hours at most stores start at 10AM. But if you manage to get a ticket before then, you’ll…