SNES Classic: The Modern Age Gold Rush

Before we begin with my little venting session below, I’d like to mention that I had a nice and calm post all ready to go today instead. Considering the clown show that is pre-ordering the SNES Classic, I had to bump that one to later this week so I could get this off my chest. For those of you also having issues pre-ordering new consoles or anything else for that matter, feel free to vent in the comments.

I feel a little dumb. For some reason, I took Nintendo at face value when they said that they were going to improve the console buying process by introducing pre-orders for the SNES Classic. I figured that would solve most of the issues experienced from last year’s NES Classic mess.

The trends Nintendo has been setting over the past few years should have brought me back to reality, however. The last few console releases from Nintendo have not gone particularly well. The Wii, WiiU, and now the Switch have sold out insanely fast, and for half a year (at least) after release, the consoles can’t be found sitting on a store shelf. I shouldn’t need to remind anyone about the train wreck that was the NES Classic. This rare but insanely popular console was shockingly discontinued after only a few months of being available, leaving a massive amount of eager fans out in the cold.

So far, the SNES Classic has done little to rectify Nintendo’s reputation for this sort of thing. While being able to pre-order a console is nice on paper, the number of shenanigans that have already happened is really disappointing. Everything from pre-orders going live too early, to people’s pre-orders being canceled have left a bad taste in gamer’s mouths. Worse yet, actual pre-orders officially went live yesterday and sure enough, pre-orders “sold out” in a minute or less. Other people experienced the console being removed from online shopping carts, replaced by an “out of stock” or “coming soon” message in its place.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but there comes a point when you just have to ask: Is this being done on purpose? Does Nintendo hold back stock or knowingly not produce enough to drum up interest? You’d think that wouldn’t be necessary considering the already huge demand for these classic consoles. I mean, talk about nostalgia in a cool little package.

Every day is Black Friday when you’re shopping for a new Nintendo console online. While you may be sitting behind a computer monitor, you’re actually virtually fighting other people and bots online for the last remaining stock. It’s brutal and shouldn’t be like this. It’s clear that these systems have a massive following, so why not prepare for that demand and produce more? I don’t get it.

Frankly, I don’t know where to lay the blame. Sadly, the easy choice is Nintendo as it’s mainly their problem at this point. I’ve never had much trouble getting anything I needed from Sony or Microsoft, and you can argue that those guys are out performing Nintendo in the core market. I’m glad Nintendo is making a resurgence here, but seriously, crap like this is incredibly off putting. All I know is that I’m getting really tired of this cycle that they’ve had a hand in creating.

I’m already starting to dread the eventual N64 Classic announcement, which is likely coming next year. Are we going to have to do this dance all over again?

Honestly Nintendo, I love you guys but can we stop this now? Please?

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3 Responses to SNES Classic: The Modern Age Gold Rush

  1. Hatm0nster says:

    Nintendo has had problems producing their physical goods for a very long time now. Like you said, this happened with the Wii, Wii U, and now the Switch. We are now six months out from the switch’s launch and it’s still just as difficult to get one. They’ve had this issue with amiibo and I think even the 3DS when it first released.

    What makes these “classic” consoles special is what they’re offering. They’re basically offering roms that can easily be picked up for free. All players would have to do is go get an emulator for their pc and they’d be set, but many are still very willing to give Nintendo money for them. That’s probably why this stings a bit more than the others. We could literally get these games for free, but we’d rather pay Nintendo for them, and they *still* can’t get their act together.

    I remember Nintendo saying that their reason for ceasing production of the NES classic was that they “don’t have unlimited resources”. If that’s true, then why are they messing around offering more products than they can realistically produce? The Switch is still in incredibly short supply, they just recently released ANOTHER version of the 2DS, and now they have the SNES classic do deal with. If your resources are limited, then narrow your focus. This SNES classic could have easily waited until the initial craze for the Switch died down. There was no need to rush this out to market and cause yourself even more supply problems.

    • Absolutely well said. I think part of why this one stings a bit more than the NES Classic is that Nintendo came out and said things would be better. Pre-ordering, more in stock, etc etc. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be true.

      • Hatm0nster says:

        Oh yeah, can’t forget the “significantly more” promise. I wonder how it is that they managed to not make use of the literal months of preparation time they had.

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