Due to a “technical glitch,” thousands of consumers ended up disappointed when Walmart had to cancel delivery of all pre-orders for the Nintendo SNES Classic console months ahead of the official fall release date.
Although there’s no official word on the total number of pre-orders for the Nintendo SNES Classic console, what’s clear was that the units sold out in a matter of minutes.
Danit Marquardt, the Walmart spokesperson, had the unenviable task of explaining to angry customers why the giant retailer had to cancel the pre-order. Apparently, the company set the schedule on Friday by mistake when the official release date isn’t expected until a couple of months away.
“We know this is incredibly disappointing to those customers and we apologize for the mistake. We will update our site as soon as the product becomes available,” it said.
Fortunately, no major harm was done. Those who pay a credit card to pre-order the console won’t be charged for the purchased, while those who paid via online wallets or gift cards will be refunded immediately.
Nintendo Weighs In
But you know who’s laughing amid the Walmart fiasco? No other than Nintendo as the Japanese company only confirmed the high buzz the console is generating. At this point, it seems the demand far outweighs the supply.
Nintendo in a Facebook post on Aug. 2 said that they appreciate the anticipation for the Super NES Classic Edition. As a consolation for the Walmart fiasco, the company confirmed that pre-orders will be available to most retailers later this month.
“A significant amount of additional systems will be shipped to stores for launch day, and throughout the balance of the calendar year,” it added.
Joining the Console Wars
Nintendo has been criticized for not being able to catch up with the times. While Xbox or PlayStation have thrived by accommodating third-party gaming developers, Nintendo insists on traditional titles that have earned the company millions.
Even its consoles have not made some quantum leap in terms of technology as the company relied more on loyal client base for the steady stream of revenues. The Switch perhaps is its most innovative console and has sold about five million units. That’s an amazing number considering that it was launched just in March. Compare that to Xbox, which was said to have sold about four million units.
This is just a rough estimate considering that Sony doesn’t give out sales figures.
Nevertheless, Nintendo can afford to take its sweet times in between titles or consoles. Over the years, it earned enough cash that even if it bleeds $180 million each year, it will stay liquid until 2052. Those represent only cash in the bank. You also have to take into account the hard assets and it will take the Japanese company until 2075 to declare bankruptcy.
What that shows is that Nintendo’s death is greatly exaggerated. Although that still doesn’t take away from people’s minds that the company should get out of the console business after the epic failure of the Wii U.
Credit goes to the fact that the company was one of the pioneers in video gaming industry. But you can’t really dismiss the pull of the brand, as well as the interesting titles in its arsenal. In fact, when you look at the best selling games of all time, you will see a number of Nintendo titles in there, such as:
▪ Wii Sports (81.99 million units)
▪ Pokemon Red/Blue (44.7 million)
▪ Wii Fit (43.5 million units)
▪ Super Mario Bros (40 million units)
▪ Mario Kart Wii (35 million units)
▪ Pokemon Gold/Silver (34.9 million)
Nostalgia All Around
Nintendo is clearly riding on nostalgia for this one. For all intents and purposes, this one shouldn’t earn a second glance from hard-core gamers because of its limitations. Millennials would scoff at the design and the fact that it’s going to play 16-bit games, which they can play online for free anyway.
But those who lived through the 90s would understand the allure of the console. For one, it retained the classic purple and gray design down to the last detail. There’s also that cartridge slot in the center although it won’t open. It’s exactly how you would remember it, only smaller.
However, the Nintendo SNES Classic is extremely limited as to the number of titles to be played. This particular one is pre-loaded with 21 games. These are:
– Donkey Kong Country
– Contra III: The Alien Wars
– The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
– Final Fantasy III
– Kirby Super Star
– Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
– Mega Man X
– Secret of Mana
– Super Punch-Out!!
– Super Metroid
– Super Mario World
– Super Castlevania IV
– Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
– Star Fox
– Star Fox 2
– Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
– Super Mario Kart
– Kirby’s Dream Course
Are they really worth the $80 price tag? Apparently, the Nintendo gamble worked judging by the amount of anticipation the SNES Classic is getting based on the pre-order numbers. Speaking of a gamble, here’s free slot pages that lists down over 400 online casino slots that you can play without download and no registration. Playing online casino slots is a little different than 16-bit cartridges, but they are no less fun. In fact, they offer a lot more stake considering that you are putting in a wager. That should up the ante in terms of significance, at the very least.