The SNES Classic Launch Seems To Be Going OK

Shai Ben-Dor  Vox Media

The SNES Classic Edition follows up the massively successful release of the Nintendo NES Classic last fall.

SpongeFreak52 is right in that the SNES Classic is nearly identical in its hardware, while unlocking the limitation of 8-bit games in favour of 16-bit.

But as the console market has expanded and other companies have built up their own legacies, why should Nintendo get to have all the fun? But while the original system was 8-bit, the new edition is 16-bit thus expanding the size and scope of some games. But whether you'll be able to find it in stores is unclear. To my great surprise, there were ninety people in line, and the employee was still handing out tickets for the 120 units they had available to sell today.


Nintendo released a miniature version of its first household games console in November past year and it sold out nearly immediately. It's also powered by USB (although the AC adapter is not included) and comes bundles with two wired Super NES Classic controllers. But you can argue that's perhaps part of the charm.

Following the success of the NES Classic Mini, Nintendo has announced the hotly anticipated SNES Classic Mini. It also sold out there in just five to ten minutes.

Today's pattern seems clear: While the online pre-order meltdown was stressful, frustrating and seemed nearly actively hostile, the retail experience was anything but. We don't know if Nintendo's is comparing U.S. numbers to worldwide numbers, or United States numbers to USA numbers, but it's possible Nintendo's saying it'll have a million-plus consoles in United States stores tomorrow and more around the globe. Units that shipped that day were mostly to customers who pre-ordered.

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