Things That Bring Me Joy: Happy SNES Classic Edition release day!

Happy SNES Classic Edition release day!
I hope most everyone who was really looking forward to getting one was able to!
I was 10th in line at my local Gamestop store today and was lucky enough to get this one, since I neglected to pre-order ahead of date.
I called my local Walmart before that at around 7am this morning and they had long since sold out of their supply since they started selling them last night at midnight, so I consider myself fortunate to have been able to get one at Gamestop this morning.
If you didn’t pre-order, and still weren’t able to get one last night or today during the first wave of releases, I was told that stores are expecting additional shipments over the next few months, so keep an eye out in the next month or three at your local retailers.
They are being sold at: Best Buy, Toys R Us, Walmart, Target, and Gamestop stores in the US, and online through the previously mentioned outlets as well as on Amazon.
Ask the clerks when you are in any of these stores if/when they expect additional shipments (dates, times the shipments will arrive, etc.) and if they don’t have any information for you just keep checking back every few days so you don’t miss a surprise shipment.
Some folks are more able to tell you about upcoming shipments and others might not have the information, so it might help to ask around to different people too and make sure you’re chatting with the folks who would be privy to such shipment related info. Electronics department is usually a good place to start, but even then sometimes it can be hit or miss, so just keep trying until you have a breakthrough!
Remember though, the closer you get to the holiday season, the less likely you’ll be able to get this kind of stuff, since loads more people are out looking for gifts come November and December especially! You can get some lucky finds then too, don’t get me wrong, but your chances are a bit better of finding one sooner rather than later I would think.
For those who are curious, both Walmart and Gamestop had a “1 per household” limit on purchasing these, which at least gives more people a chance to get them at their retail price. I would hope that the other retail stores were using a similar policy as well.
It beats them all getting bought up by scalpers with deep pockets who turn around and sell them all online for 3x the price to desperate people during the holidays (which will still happen anyway, but it should hopefully somewhat diminish the necessity of that by being 1 per household.)
However for those who are looking for multiples of these for legitimate purposes like to give as gifts for the upcoming holidays, it means you’ll probably need to buy them from different retail stores so keep that in mind when you are searching around!
This really is my childhood relived in a box honestly, which makes it very appealing to me. Many of my favorite games on what is one of my all time favorite video game consoles ever are included in this thing. I was really surprised and pleased with the breadth of quality titles on offer for a mere $80 here. Most of these games are just as fun to play today as they were 25 someodd years ago too in my opinion. They have aged very well in that sense, and people who have never played a Super Nintendo before can enjoy them just as well too!
If you still have an old Super Nintendo console from the 1990s lying around somewhere and you go look up the prices some of these games go for online today, you could get two or three particularly popular games included with the SNES Classic Edition like Super Metroid, Secret of Mana, Earthbound, or Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, and you’d already be going over the cost for the SNES Classic Edition with its 21 games, so the value you get and the quality of games on offer here are really something.
Even if you take into account the Virtual Console service on Nintendo Wii, Wii U, and New Nintendo 3DS systems, to buy these 20 games on it would cost you the same price as buying 2 of these SNES Classic Editions, so it’s like getting a 50% discount, plus all the hardware and controllers needed to play.
And really it couldn’t be easier. You just plug it into your TV via an HDMI cable and you’re off and running. No lengthy setup times, no online patches to download before you can start playing. Just plug it in and pick a game and you’re good to go! The simplicity of the old days!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to try Star Fox 2, the brand new game from 20 years ago.

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