Super NES Classic preorders will begin 'later this month'

Posted at 11:55 AM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 15:45:45-04

(KGTV) - For those who missed out on the release of Nintendo's pint-sized version of the NES video game system, there may be a silver lining this month.

Albeit, in the form of the Super NES Classic system.

Nintendo of America announced Tuesday preorders for their next highly anticipated release of a classic console will begin in August.

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"We appreciate the incredible anticipation that exists for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, and can confirm that it will be made available for pre-order by various retailers late this month," Nintendo said on Facebook.

While consumers may remain skeptical about their chances at snagging a console, Nintendo said more units of the Super NES Classic would be released this time around.

"A significant amount of additional systems will be shipped to stores for launch day, and throughout the balance of the calendar year," the company said.

The mini version of the Super NES is scheduled to hit store shelves on Sept. 29 for $79.99 and is planned to remain in production through 2017. It will include 21 classic games, including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2 game.

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Last month, a number of consumers were able to snag a preorder of the system through Walmart, after a glitch on their website opened up preorders. Walmart swiftly emailed those customers regarding the confusion and canceled those orders.

"Unfortunately, due to a technical glitch, the Super Nintendo Classic Edition was mistakenly made available last Friday evening ahead of the official release date," Walmart said in an email to customers. "We, regrettably, will have to cancel this item on your order. We know that this is incredibly disappointing to you, and we're truly sorry for this mistake."

Nintendo's release of the NES Classic system earlier this year was ridiculed by consumers after fans found them next to impossible to find. 

In an interview with Time Magazine, Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime noted the unanticipated demand for the console. 

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"We just didn't anticipate how incredible the response would be," Fils-Aime told Time. "Once we saw that response, we added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could to meet more of that consumer demand."

Nintendo reported sales of the classic NES system hit 2.3 million. The console was discontinued in April.

"Even with that extraordinary level of performance, we understand that people are frustrated about not being able to find the system, and for that we really do apologize," Fils-Aime said.