Nintendo fans hoping to get their hands on a SNES Classic Mini need to act fast if they want to make the most of stock currently available on Australian and New Zealand retailer JB Hi-Fi.
While this might be available from down under, JB Hi-Fi do offer international shipping – so you can order it to the UK or America.
And given the paucity of options available to those wanting to buy a unit, it could become one of your best opportunities to actually order the SNES.
Daily Express Online, who first noticed stock being sold by the retailer earlier in the week, have noted that because the SNES Classic Mini just has a USB power cable, all you need is an iPhone or Android device AC adapter to be able to boot it up.
JB Hi-Fi are selling these “Strictly limited to 1 per customer” and stock is currently as “Almost gone” at the price of AUS $139.98, which works out to roughly £85.
International shipping prices are calculated upon checkout.
Which makes it a touch more expensive than the UK prices, but still, it’s available and not from some money grabbing reseller, which is the all important factor.
But this stock won’t be around forever though and as of Wednesday the SNES units were actually sold out on the JB Hi-Fi website.
Which is unsurprising really given that the Australian and New Zealand retailer was one of the first online stores in over a month to have any sort of SNES Classic Mini pre-order stock available.
The SNES Classic Mini has not been available to pre-order in the UK for nearly a month, with stock drying up at GAME, Tesco, Argos, Amazon, Toys R Us and plenty more UK Stockists.
Stockinformer.com, which keeps up to date, minute by minute information of stock levels at the biggest online websites has shown zero stock from all retailers ever since July 10th.
Nowhere in the UK currently have SNES Classic Mini pre-order stock available, while over the pond pre-orders still have not even opened for Nintendo fans in the US.
All of which kind of goes against the statement from Nintendo issued to Kotaku earlier this year, where the company confidently stated there would be more supply this time around.
“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,” Nintendo said back in June.
This obviously isn’t the only Nintendo console that people are finding tricky to buy right now, with many consumers also finding it incredibly difficult to locate Nintendo Switch stock.
And one possible explanation for why there’s a lack of Switch stock, could also be equally true for the SNES.
Speaking last week, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter commented: “Nintendo is monetizing better than we
“Nintendo is monetizing better than we modeled, primarily from Switch hardware and software margins. It appears that the company has increased production of the Switch, but supply has been slow to make it to market, and we can only surmise that the company is stockpiling ‘excess’ supply in order to meet anticipated holiday demand.”
For anyone that’s forgotten, the SNES Launched in Europe in 1992 and introduced what many consider some of the greatest video games of all time – classics such as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid and F-ZERO.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System contains 21 pre-installed classic games, can easily be plugged into any high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable.
Plus, for the first time, players who pick up the system can enjoy the intergalactic adventure Star Fox 2, the sequel to the original Star Fox (originally titled Starwing upon release in Europe) game that was created during the Super Nintendo era but never released anywhere.
Here’s a quick list of those 21 games included:
• Contra III: The Alien Wars™Donkey Kong Country™
• Final Fantasy III
• Kirby™ Super Star
• Kirby’s Dream Course™
• The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past™
• Mega Man® X
• Secret of Mana
• Star Fox™
• Star Fox™ 2
• Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
• Super Castlevania IV™Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts®
• Super Mario Kart™
• Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars™
• Super Mario World™
• Super Metroid™
• Super Punch-Out!!™
• Yoshi’s Island
While further stock for the SNES is looking less and less likely as we approach release, fans wanting to scratch their retro gaming itch could also look at alternatives.
Recently Atari revealed their new Ataribox, another retro console with a current twist that looks set to perfectly channel the feeling of the original Atari 2600.
At E3 this year Atari began teasing a “brand new Atari product.” and aired a 20-second trailer which hinted at an Atari reboot.
The released teaser hinted at a throwback to the original Atari 2600, showing a machine with the classic wooden shell.
Yesterday, fans were given their first look at the new console, along with a generous amount of new details.
Atari fans received a pleasant surprise yesterday morning when they received an email from Atari that revealed their intentions with the new console, it read: “our objective is to create something new, that stays true to our heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari.” The new
This new ‘Ataribox’ features a sleek look, with sharp lines, a raised back, and a front panel that can either be glass or wood and allows for indicator lights to glow through the faceplate.
Atari also revealed that the console includes SD card support, a HDMI port, and four USB ports on the back.
For now, fans of the retro console haven’t been given any details about the Ataribox’s price, release dates or games that could be included.
Atari explained that they’ve opted to not disclose this information yet because they want to do things “step by step”, telling fans:
“We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, pricing, timing,” reads an Atari statement. “We’re not teasing you intentionally; we want to get this right, so we’ve opted to share things step by step as we bring this to life, and to listen closely to the Atari community feedback as we do so.”
That said, it does appear as though the console will play more than just games from Atari’s own extensive library of classic games.
It’s said that the Ataribox will also be capable of playing “current gaming content” according to the company.
Writers for gadgets.ndtv.com have suggested – though cannot say for sure – that the machine could release with software similar to Android boxes like the Ouya or Nvidia Shield TV.
“Could this result in a console similar to the myriad of Android boxes such as the Ouya and the Nvidia Shield TV or akin to Nintendo’s retro efforts like the SNES or NES Classic? Only time will tell.”