Well folks. Here we are, December 3rd and I still don’t have a SNES Classic Edition console to review. Most of the review companies get a freebie from Nintendo, however this year I was trying to see if the statement made earlier this year by Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime was true. If you don’t remember my earlier SNES article, this is what he said back in September: “I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites,” he told the Financial Times, adding that Nintendo had “dramatically increased” production of the SNES Classic.
Here’s the rub. Last year I had no problem using certain “product search” engines to find and purchase the NES console at Target, as well as helping several of my friends to do the same. The Target stores in my home town of Las Vegas were getting product in almost every day between October and December. The deliveries this year seem to be weeks apart at best and the alerts are always for really small numbers. Last year the deliveries were from 10 to 75 units per day, at least 3 days a week from what I experienced while tracking the local stores on www.nowinstock.com. This year: NowInStock no longer has the Target store search, and the stock alerts I am getting from Brickseek.com are far and few between. NowInStock gives the in stock information for Gamestop.com , Thinkgeek.com , Target.com, and Ebay.com. Brickseek this year seems focused on Toys r Us, Walmart, and Target.
Let’s talk about recent alerts: Back in October, I was alerted to a Target online supply. To fulfill that purchase, however, one had to be a “Redcard” member and could only order one unit. I have had several alerts at Walmart, but between the email and my looking at the stores, once again, extremely small stock numbers which were gone in minutes. It seems the only way to get one from Walmart this year was to be one of the lucky people who actually got a pre-order from that company, or to camp out in the parking lot for weeks with your laptop ready to run into the store. Gamestop has had units from time to time, usually under ten per store. Even when that number is 50 per store: it requires an in store purchase, no online sales. Toys r Us is only offering the units in store, and once again that’s a total crapshoot unless one does not have an actual job and doesn’t mind camping in store parking lots for days on end.
There might be a better way
This week, the folks at Think Geek have a pile of SNES Classic Edition and NES Classic Edition units in stock. to be fair they are holding a drawing to pick eligible buyers. You get to choose the SNES console, or the NES console, or you can choose “Either” and take the chance that one unit will be available, sellers choice. Enter using your Email or social media accounts at Think Geek and hopefully you(or I!) will be lucky enough to win a chance to buy a Classic Nintendo to put under the Christmas Tree. When the SNES Classic Edition was first in stock at Think Geek they made ridiculously expensive bundles with Nintendo themed toys, and gadgets added to the unit for a premium price. This seems a lot more fair, and a better way to go. I’ve got my entry in!
I’d like to have more good news. I’d love to have a unit to review before Xmas this year, but that seems to be unlikely for your old buddy Mike. I’m hoping that Santa comes through again this year, like he did with the NES Classic Edition Last year. And for those who don’t remember? SNES Classic Edition is a mini emulation console which includes two controllers, and 20 SNES Classic Games like Super Mario World, the first Super Mario Kart, Zelda A Link to the Past, and Starfox.
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