It’s official: Nintendo‘s miniature SNES Classic Edition . For just $80, this official remake of the 1991 Super Nintendo Entertainment System lets you play 21 of the very best SNES games — heck, — on a modern HDTV. It goes on sale this Friday, Sept. 29.
Actually finding one? That’s a different story. Last year’s NES Classic, and last month’s preorders for the new SNES Classic .
I’m here to help. I’ve been emailing every major retailer that’ll carry the SNES Classic in the US, and I’ve got a few tricks for finding hard-to-find gadgets too. Here’s everything I know about when — and where — to be ready.
1. Know your stores
I’ve personally confirmed that every one of these retailers will offer the SNES Classic Edition on Friday to walk-in customers at brick-and-mortar stores. None of them plan to open their doors early — except the Nintendo World Store.
- Walmart: Every single Walmart will have units “while supplies last” — and many Walmarts are open 24 hours a day. Those stores will begin sales at 12:01 a.m. local time (a minute after midnight), ahead of practically every other store. Other stores open as early as 5 or 6 a.m.
- Best Buy: Every single Best Buy will have “limited quantities,” and stores will start handing out tickets at 7 a.m. local time, first-come first-served, to anyone who’s already in line. Best Buy stores generally open at 10 a.m., so you may have an extra three-hour wait, but you (probably) won’t walk away disappointed if you’ve already secured a ticket. Best Buy says it won’t print more tickets than units it can sell.
- GameStop: Every single GameStop will have “a limited and varied number of units,” according to a rep, but you won’t go in totally blind. Stores will be publicly posting the number of SNES Classics…