Reggie Fils-Aime Urges Consumers Not To Buy SNES Classics From Scalpers

Nintendo prepares itself for a Switch shortage around Christmas

Nintendo prepares itself for a Switch shortage around Christmas

When asked about the massive shortage that plagued the release of the NES Classic, Fils-Aime mentioned that Nintendo did not create an artificial scarcity of the product. The Nintendo exec insists that they've planned to manufacture plenty of consoles this time around. "I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites", Fils-Aime continued."You shouldn't [have to] pay more than $79.99".

Despite retailing for $79.99, the NES Classic was going for upwards of $200 on eBay nearly immediately.

Nintendo's upcoming Super NES Classic Edition - an $80 re-release of the original Super Nintendo, but with 21 built-in games - is going to be impossible to find when it launches on September 29.

Last year's NES Classic was arguably the hottest - and hardest to find - gift of the holiday season. Hence why Fils-Aime says the problem was "outside our (Nintendo's) control".

As I've said before, given Nintendo's track record (not just with the NES Classic but other systems dating back years ago), there's simply no reason for gamers to believe the company will produce enough units to satisfy demand this holiday season.

Additionally, Fils-Aimé said it wasn't a question of lacking supply, and he urged potential customers not to turn to third-party re-sellers to buy one.

As for Nintendo Switch, availability is a bit less certain. The unexpectedly high demand and "multiple choke points" in the supply chain have led to a dismayed fanbase, most notably in Japan. Buying it second hand will only get more expensive the closer we get to Christmas, especially if it becomes obvious that supply will not be able to keep up with the demand. Nintendo, however, promises that production will get a major boost with the SNES Classic, and it's hopeful that consumers won't need to resort to price-gouging resellers to get one.

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