Super Nintendo mini-console is your new must-have obsession

Delia Watkins
September 30, 2017

We have been reporting all night about the SNES Classic launch in stores at midnight and the availability of the SNES Classic online.

GameStop will have a limited number of consoles.

The SNES Classic Edition went on sale today for $79.99. For instance, while one of my local Walmart stores may have as few as 16 units in stock, Target stores in my viscinity are allegedly reporting between 50 and 80 units per store.

The original Super Nintendo Entertainment System was released in Japan in 1990 and North America in 1991. But with many online retailers already selling out and long lines being reported at stores, the launch may already be facing that same scenario.

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As it stands, you'll basically be putting the SNES Classic in the middle of your floor if you plan to use the included HDMI cable and the SNES Classic controllers that come with it.

Our verdict: The Super NES Classic Edition offers hours of fun, but its lack of many modern features made the console feel like a novelty for misty-eyed gamers.

Yesterday evening John Lewis also opened SNES Classic Mini pre-orders, with stock avaiable for around 23 minutes. But let's also say you decide that traditional wired controller is a little too true to the original SNES experience for your decidedly modern tastes.

There's a reason why the first mini-console flew off shelves a year ago - or went for three times the asking price from the third-party sellers on sites like Amazon. As of this writing, the site is sold out, and is only has units through third-party sellers. Apparently according to CNet, the SNES Classic is being sold by the Amazon Treasure Truck, which expanded to 18 major cities today.

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