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Nintendo "strongly urges" you don't overpay for SNES mini on eBay

12 September 2017

Nintendo's total lack of communication about when pre-orders would go live, and where, resulted in a lot of frustrated consumers.

With the demand of the NES Classic resulting in supply issues, many fans were left anxious that a similar issue will arise when with the release of the forthcoming SNES Mini. If Nintendo can indeed meet demand this year, you shouldn't have to drop more than the $80 asking price.

It's something Fils-Aimé said was "outside of their control".

For what it's worth, Nintendo is promising that the SNES Classic will be more readily available than the NES Classic, even if pre-orders have played out exactly as they did before.

According to Nintendo, it has planned to "dramatically increase" production of the SNES Classic Edition to ensure everyone can buy it at retail.

As I've said before, given Nintendo's track record (not just with the NES Classic but other systems dating back years ago), there's simply no reason for gamers to believe the company will produce enough units to satisfy demand this holiday season.

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Now, on the eve of the SNES Classic release, Nintendo seems to be following a similar script.

I'm not suggesting you should pay an inflated price on eBay - eff those people - but you should definitely keep your expectations in check.

It's not easy to find a Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo wants you to know that they can't guarantee that it's going to get any easier.

Despite retailing for $79.99, the NES Classic was going for upwards of $200 on eBay nearly immediately.

However, given that's never been the company's style, and we can expect more shortages throughout the holiday season.

The unexpectedly high demand and "multiple choke points" in the supply chain have led to a dismayed fanbase, most notably in Japan.

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