Nintendo recently announced the arrival of the Super NES Classic Edition, much like its NES Classic Edition counterpart (or NES Mini), the re-released miniature port of this console will be released with 21 built-in games, including the unreleased Star Fox 2 (yay!).
Taking a step back from the announcement, though, I’m starting to wonder what the point of this re-release is? The SNES is one of the most beloved and nostalgic consoles of all time, and packed a handful of our favorite games on it, but I’m not for one second doubting the market now. If it were up to me, I’d buy five of these for myself and all my friends. The problem is with Nintendo, who if you recall a while ago, actually pulled the plug on the NES Classic partially due to there being a shortage of the consoles produced. This is worrying for me.
As it stands now, it’s pretty damn hard to pick up a Nintendo Switch at any given retail store without filling out forms and selling your soul to the devil, as was the case with the NES Classic. In fact, I think only a handful of those consoles were shipped over here to South Africa as the only glimpse I ever got of that was a magazine advert that boldly advertised “only 3 in stock”. Three.
The SNES Classic Edition does pose a few more problems, though. The library of the Super NES is filled with delectable classics that many people are fondly nostalgic over, even more than the NES. The demand for the SNES Classic will be immense, no doubt, but it all depends on Nintendo’s willingness to actually produce enough consoles to meet the market criteria so it doesn’t full like we’re hunting down the last remaining dodo bird in history. Understandably, this is somewhat of a rare collector’s item, so I can see why the limited stock is necessary, but c’mon, Nintendo! That’s like dangling cheese in front of a mouse only to lure it into the open so an old lady can bash it with a broom.
Expect the SNES Classic Edition on September 29, 2017 at $79,99. Godspeed whoever can get their hands on it.