The popular Nintendo retro gaming console, SNES Classic is due to launch September 29, 2017. If you are a fan of this console and you are just learning this now, you are probably thinking of rushing to online stores and grab a pre-order offer. But unfortunately, even pre-orders have been sold out.
Amazon UK has posted a “Not Available” note on their SNES Classic page. Their stocks have pretty much sold out immediately. At least the UK is lucky enough to get some.
In the US, there has been absolutely none. According to Nintendo Life, the Federal Communications Commission has not yet released an approval for this device yet. The FCC is an independent agency that quality checks electronic devices that enter the US market. They ensure that the electromagnet interference that it generates is at a safe limit.
The Reason Of Delay
This is most likely the reason why a lot of electronics store and other online and offline outlets do not have the SNES Classic on their brochures. It is safe to say that these stores do not include in their listing any product that has no FCC approval yet.
There is a big chance that that might be the very reason why pre-orders for SNES classic is still not happening. Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart only have placeholder pages to accommodate customers that are currently looking for the console.
Microsoft also stated that this is the same reason for them. Their XBOX One X is also not available for pre-order. This is because the unit has not yet been FCC-approved. So up until now, they are still doing all that is required to get approved as soon as possible.
But there was also this rumor why exactly FCC is taking too long to approve this device. Nintendo made the SNES Classic. It’s highly unlikely that they’re going to produce a device that emits harmful electronic interference. It is likely that Nintendo and even Microsoft is trying to play it safe.
By playing it safe, it means that both companies are avoiding a leak of information when they start filing for FCC approval. There have been incidents before that information leaked because of some clever fellows has discovered a way to get their hands on FCC filings. This happened before with XBOX One S last year.
SNES Classic Scalpers
And while all this hold up is happening, scalpers are taking advantage of the situation. They buy all the available SNES Classic devices so that they could sell it to enthusiasts on a higher price.
US retailers should find a way to combat scalpers to avoid panic buying among customers who are eager to their hands on products, not just SNES Classic. And then there is also that factor where Nintendo will just produce more SNES Classic device to prevent this incident in the future.
Again, SNES Classic will launch on September 29, 2017. The device costs $59.99/£49.99 with only one controller. On the other hand, the SNES Classic Mini costs $79.99/£69.99 with two controllers.
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