Looking forward to getting your hands on the SNES Classic Edition? It looks like this round of preorders isn’t going so hot, unfortunately. The carnage began late last night around 1:30 AM ET, when Best Buy and Amazon opened up preorders for the upcoming system, which comes out officially on September 29. Best Buy’s wave of preorders went live around 1:30 AM, where Amazon took a lot longer, throwing the consoles up around 5 AM ET. If you went to sleep like most people with work the next day, you would have already missed out on both sales. And even if you were awake, it doesn’t appear that Amazon Prime members received the in-stock alerts they had planned on receiving for when the time came.
There are other retailers putting up preorders live today, however, like Walmart. Walmart went ahead and made its preorders live around 1 PM ET, and reportedly sold out in just over a minute. And while other stores like Target and GameStop are making the systems available in waves — like right now, you can venture into your local brick-and-mortar GameStop store, and you may be able to put some money down on a preorder, but not everyone has had the best luck with this method.
It’s unfortunate, but it looks like as soon as most stores put the systems up on preorder, they’re flying off the shelves, in a manner of speaking, as quickly as they’re announced. This is frustrating because Nintendo did make it a point previously to let frustrated gamers know that more systems would be on hand this time around, but it doesn’t seem to be the case just yet. It’s now almost 3 PM ET and it looks like all of the preorders for online retailers have already sold out.
If you’re looking to pick up a system, hopefully additional waves are still on the way so you don’t get left out in the cold.