Reggie Fils-Aimé addresses SNES Classic stock situation

Posted September 12, 2017

Despite feeling like "the demand is there and the supply chain is there", Fils-Aime is concerned that the demand is still growing and might be unmanageable in time for the holiday period.

The executive is right - you shouldn't have to pay more than retail for the company's retro-infused gaming system. Indeed, pre-orders sold out nearly instantly last month, but Nintendo says it's planning to ramp up production this time rather than ignore the problem.

So, maybe you should hold off on the SNES Classic bidding wars and see how this works out.

Reggie Fils-Amie wants to help gamers avoid a repeat of last year's issues, where eBay sellers were charging upwards of $200 for the wildly-popular NES Classic. In July, an online retailer put "thousands" of NES Classic consoles up for sale, all of them bundled into high-priced packages that included other assorted swag.

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As for Nintendo Switch, availability is a bit less certain. Deciding not to guarantee anything, he admits "there is a potential that demand is going to outstrip supply".

After being questioned on whether the shortage might be due to parts needed from external suppliers, the charismatic president confirmed that "there are multiple choke points" but refused to go into any further details.

"We aren't providing specific numbers, but we will produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition". Buying it second hand will only get more expensive the closer we get to Christmas, especially if it becomes obvious that supply will not be able to keep up with the demand.

So, if you wanted an SNES Classic this year, you might be in luck. He went on to say that people who want one shouldn't be tempted to pay over the odds.