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Tough times ahead for prospective SNES Classic buyers.


Well, we hate to say we told you so when it comes to Nintendo’s SNES Classic, but… we told you so. Not like everyone wasn’t already thinking it, but I digress.

August 22 turned out to be the official day the pre-order floodgates opened for the much hyped SNES Classic. And, as expected, it’s already impossible to find in stock. This is of course despite the fact that “significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition” were in production, but perhaps it’s too early to tell if the supply will eventually come close to the demand. The SNES Classic is planned to be officially released on September 29th for $79.99, so at least there’s still time for the situation to change. Our fingers are crossed, though we don’t expect much.

That said, if you happened to be one of the lucky ones who got your pre-order in, a couple new features were teased for the SNES Classic that will whet your appetite.

In a hilariously retro-style teaser trailer, Nintendo briefly showcased the SNES’ classic’s rewind feature. Put simply, this lets players rewind any of the games up to a couple minutes, perfect for undoing those accidental deaths you swear weren’t your fault. According to Kotaku, the system achieves this by recording gameplay in the background as you play. This footage also winds up being used to create an “attract mode” montage of your adventures while the system idles. Not a system-selling feature by any means, but it is a nice touch. Besides, clearly the SNES Classic doesn’t need any help to keep selling.

Also included are a variety of (sometimes dynamic) border options, suspend points that let you save whenever you want, and some basic filters to replicate the CRT TV look.

If you’d like to be on the hunt for the SNES Classic, we recommend you check out our previous “what you need to know” article for some quick tips and warnings. In a worse case scenario, if you don’t mind paying upwards of $200 or $300 (and probably dealing with scalpers), you can check eBay to see how the second hand market treats you. Remember, we still have a month to go until the system officially releases. As grim as things may seem, make sure to keep a level head to ensure you get the best deal possible. Here’s hoping we’ll see those “significantly more units” sooner than later… or at all.

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Written by TimM
Tim is a video game aficionado who is fascinated by pop culture. He built his first collection in 1999 by catching all 151 monsters in Pokemon Red, and he hasn't stopped collecting since. His work has been featured multiple times on Destructoid.com.