Nintendo fans rejoice. The launch day for the Super NES Classic Edition is here, but if you’re reading this you may be turning to the second-hand market for a console as the sales are happening fast!
Eager fans lined up at stores with midnight release dates, now the race is on for the Thursday launch.
“I realized last year if you didn’t do something like this either one you won’t get it for the original price, or you’ll wait six months to get it,” said Zach Cutts, the first person in line at the Rochester Hills Best Buy location.
Cutts said nostalgia drove him to arrive at Best Buy at 10:30 p.m. He knew there were midnight releases, but said he thought if he showed up for a 7 a.m. release he’d have a better chance to get at the front of the line and guarantee himself a spot, and a gaming system.
The original NES Classic Edition was released in 2016, and the backlash was quick. Gamers tried tirelessly to grab the re-issue of the original console but many couldn’t find them. The demand was simply too great.
This time around Nintendo is expected to release more consoles according to multiple news agencies, however, the demand for the initial release is still big.
Shortly after the midnight release of the Super NES Classic Edition consoles started to pop-up on Ebay with a price tag of $220 — they sell for $79.99 retail.
A number of retailers are selling Super NES Classics, or plan to in the coming hours: Game Stop, Best Buy, Amazon and Target held midnight sales, plan to sell consoles early Thursday morning or had some form of pre-order available through their websites.