Sep 12th 2017

Nintendo takes back control over SNES Mini sales

It looks like Nintendo has decided they want a cut of the scalper's profits. They not only have assured consumers that they will be releasing more SNES Minis, but also that they will release the NES Classic. It seems that Nintendo's experiment into retro gaming machines has been enough of a success that they will be continuing it outside of the virtual console.

In an interview with the Financial Times Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime said, "I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites...You shouldn't (have to) pay more than $79.99..." Throughout this interview he explains what Nintendo's part in all of the mess was, and how the pre-order debacles have been the fault of retailers, and out of their control. He also explained that the shortage of NES Classics was because they expected the sales to rival other retro gaming consoles (essentially poor), so they didn't make a whole lot of them. However, with the SNES Mini they aren't expecting that. This time he claims they are planning to send out plenty of consoles to meet consumer demand.

Not only do they plan to send out more, but whereas before the deadline was the end of December, now their Twitter has confirmed that they're extending that into 2018. On top of that, the NES Classic is going to be returning next summer, so if you didn't snag one before, that could be your chance.

Nintendo certainly seems to have learned a lesson from the release of the NES Classic, and appear to be trying to fix the problem. They're going to be releasing a lot more on the release day, and throughout the run of the SNES Mini (which has been extended). They are also bringing back the NES Classic for Nintendo fans that may not have been able to get one before. What do you think? Will this help stop a lot of the issues surrounding the pre-order and resale issues surrounding the SNES Mini? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter by contacting me at @spencerhavens.