The SNES Classic is finally here. For those who missed out on the incredibly finite pre-orders or midnight release, that means lining up outside of your local retailer to hopefully snag the nostalgic plug-and-play console when new shipments come in or crossing your fingers that you can get one online.
Though Nintendo shipped more SNES Classic consoles than the woefully underproduced NES Classic, the device is still not especially easy to find. Though it seems that a larger percentage of those who looked for it at launch got their hands on one, the mini gaming emulator may be hard to come by this holiday season.
With that in mind, here is the retail outlook for the SNES Classic right now. We will continue to update this as we learn more.
ThinkGeek received a new supply of stand-alone SNES Classic systems for its stores recently and the website is holding a drawing to determine who will be eligible to purchase one. ThinkGeek is also holding a drawing for customers who want to buy an NES Classic, in case you’re still trying to track one down.
If you’re interested, ThinkGeek will take entries for the drawing through Friday, December 8, at 11:59 p.m (ET). The winners will be contacted directly by the retailer with purchase instructions following the submission period.
Walmart sold a limited quantity of SNES Classics on its website on November 15, 16, and 17. The consoles went on sale at 2 p.m. ET each day and sales were restricted to one console per customer. Customers who had previously placed orders on August 22 only received their units after this latest batch of systems was shipped to new purchasers. If you’re willing to pay a bit extra, third-party vendors on Walmart’s website are currently offering the system for nearly $140.
GameStop initially took pre-orders (including some questionable bundles), but like other retailers, that stock sold out lightning-quick. More units were also made available at launch, but those were depleted almost immediately. Supplies have come in sporadically since then, but expect the system to become more readily available in 2018.
You can also sign up for in stock alerts over at GameStop’s SNES Classic page.
Target, like most other retailers, sold out of its SNES Classic allotment almost immediately, both in-store and online. The store did receive a sizeable number of units for launch day, withWario64 reporting that Target stores had a minimum of 20 units per store, with average numbers ranging from 20-50.
Target’s online listing for the SNES Classic currently displays no stock for both online and in-store orders.
Best Buy also had SNES Classics in stock on launch day, which sold out immediately. Wario64 received screenshots of Best Buy’s internal product inventory for stores in New York. Like Target, quantity varied store to store but at least a couple locations had more than 300 units on hand. While this doesn’t give us the full picture of Best Buy’s inventory for launch day, it keeps in line with Nintendo’s promise for significant availability.
Best Buy tends to re-stock systems on its website more frequently than other retailers, so be on the lookout for an unannounced return of the SNES Classic. The last in-store restock for the systems took place on November 25.
Best Buy’s page for the Super NES Classic doesn’t list any way to get notifications when the system is back in stock, but it was available for less than 30 minutes on August 22.
Toys “R” Us
The SNES Classic is currently sold out on the Toys “R” Us website, and it’s unclear when the retailer will be getting more.
Toys “R” Us also has an online listing that states “coming soon,” so it’s possible units will be available for purchase online in the future. The retailer typically receives more stock of its systems on Friday or Saturday, and we’ll update with information as we receive it.
The North American Amazon website has a product page for the SNES Classic Edition, but there is currently no way purchase the console right now, aside from resellers — pre-orders were made available very early the morning of August 22, but only for about 20 minutes.
Update: Updated retailer listings for ThinkGeek, Target, Best Buy, and Walmart.
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