Nintendo SNES Classic just launched, and it's already selling out
By Terrence Horan
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When Nintendo Co. Ltd. (7974.TO) released its first mini console, the NES Classic in 2016, it created massive buzz for the holiday season, but was plagued by low supply and high demand.
With the release of the Super NES Classic on Friday, the videogame giant hopes to replicate the success... minus the supply issues. But with many online retailers already selling out and long lines being reported at stores (https://www.geekwire.com/2017/super-nes-classic-edition-sells-quickly-despite-heavy-launch-shipments/), the launch may already be facing that same scenario.
The original Super Nintendo was released in 1991 and eventually sold 49.1 million units world-wide. While not the company's biggest-selling console of all time, it was the winner of that generation of gaming consoles, outselling the Sega Genesis by almost 20 million units thanks to stronger graphics and a lineup of games that included several featuring Mario and Donkey Kong.
With the new SNES Classic, gamers get 21 of the most beloved classic games packed in.
But gamers may have a hard time landing their hands on the console. Presales began Aug. 22 and quickly sold out within minutes (http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/gaming/845040/SNES-Classic-Mini-pre-order-US-UPDATE-GameStop-stock-checker) at Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and GameStop.
Nintendo promised that it would have more units available for purchase than it did with the NES Classic, and many retailers insisted that they would have the SNES Classic available on launch day, though in limited supply. At midday Friday, many online retailers were already sold out.