It is very hard to figure out what Nintendo is trying to do. It would seem that much to the surprise of their fanbase, pre-orders for the SNES Classic Edition went online Tuesday. Now, if you had the luck of being a night owl, you may have managed to get the pre-order through Best Buy or Amazon, since they went online at midnight eastern time. It seems that Nintendo did not learn anything from their previous venture last year.
Pre-orders for the console seemed to be scattered across retailers, mostly due to the fact that there was no set time to offer pre-orders. Later in the day, Walmart and Target offered pre-orders and quickly sold out. GameStop went live but their site was difficult to get to, according to GameSpot. GameStop was even asking consumers to try their ThinkGeek site.
Another issue with the pre-order is that if you tried to pre-order through a physical GameStop, you would be hard pressed to find any available. As many weren’t taking pre-orders yet, as they did not know how many they would have available to them.
Not only that, if you managed to find one that was taking pre-orders, it was only offering bundles. Bundles ranged from $139.99, which garnered you the console but a Tetris lamp and a Super Mario Canteen, to $249.99 which gave you a Mega Man Helmet and Proto Man Buster. For that price, you would be better to save $50 more and pre-order a Nintendo Switch.
It would seem that the false hope that consumers clung to when Nintendo said that they were not going to make the same mistake this time around was true. As Jeff Goldblum said in Jurassic Park: The Lost World, no you just made all new ones.
If you managed to get one on pre-order, please let us know in the comments. We would like to hear what they got you for and how the process went.