Nintendo Confirms Super NES Classic Pre-Orders Open Late-August

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Following a false alarm last month, Nintendo of America confirmed you will be able to pre-order the highly-anticipated Super NES Classic Edition later this month. In an announcement shared over social media, not only will pre-orders go live sooner than later, but additional systems will be available from launch day through the rest of the year. No exact date was given, and pre-order availability will vary between retailers.

The “incredible anticipation” may refer to Wal-Mart’s accidental pre-orders for the Super NES Classic last week, all of which were cancelled days later.

The news contrasts sharply with last year’s NES Classic Edition, which did not open pre-orders before its November 2016 launch at all. The lack of pre-orders coupled with extremely limited availability made the NES Classic a desirable, but unobtainable, holiday item. Nintendo discontinued the set-top console in April, leaving many of shoppers out of luck.

Based on today’s statement, the Super NES Classic Edition may be slightly easier to come by than its 8-bit predecessor. The miniaturized Super NES was announced earlier this summer and includes 21 classic games, including the never-released Star Fox 2.

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When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.