With the demand of the NES Classic resulting in supply issues, many fans were left worried that a similar issue will arise when with the release of the forthcoming SNES Mini.
In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime strongly advised fans interested in the SNES Classic to avoid paying more than the suggested retail price of the system.
Like the NES Classic before it, the pre-order batch of the SNES Classic is currently sold out in most popular retailers, with many listings of the popular throw-back system already available on websites such as eBay. Fans have been left with the notion that procuring a console will mean resorting to resellers and auction sites.
Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime urged potential buyers to avoid resellers that have exorbitant prices.
“I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on a SNES Classic on any of the auction sites . . . You shouldn’t [have to] pay more than $79.99,”.
When asked about the massive shortage that plagued the release of the NES Classic, Fils-Aime mentioned that Nintendo did not create an artificial scarcity of the product. Nintendo instead relied on data provided by other companies in which in apparent disinterest in retro consoles was surmised, which lead Nintendo into thinking the NES Classic wouldn’t be as popular as it turned out to be.
The SNES Classic will be available later this month when it launches September 29 in North America and September 30 globally.