SNES Mini Pre-Orders Sell Out

Nintendo has revealed details of the Classic Mini SNES, which will ship with 21 games. The company says there’ll be a much bigger production run than with the Classic Mini NES, but scalpers are already cashing in.

The console, officially titled the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, launches on September 29 and costs $79.99. It comes with two controllers with five foot cables (compared with a frustrating three feet on the mini NES), though the Wii’s Classic Controller and the Wii U’s Classic Controller Pro will also work. The built-in games outside of Japan are:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

Japanese units will be missing EarthBound, Kirby’s Dream Course, Street Fighter II’ Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Castlevania IV and Super Punch-Out!! Instead they’ll have Fire Emblem: Mystery Of The Emblem, The Legend Of Mystical Ninja, Panel De Pon, Super Soccer, and Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers.

There’ll also be some physical differences as North America will get a console design that resembles the original SNES in that market while Europe and Japan’s (pictured) will look like the Super Famicon.

Nintendo isn’t saying how many it will make, but says there’ll be “significantly more units” than with the mini NES. The company previously said it underestimated demand for the mini NES but chose not to make any more because it was already concentrating on the mini SNES.

There will be some limitation though: the device is only planned to ship from September 29 to December 31, suggesting Nintendo still views it as mainly a retro Christmas gift.

Pre-orders from both Nintendo and Amazon (UK) are already showing as “out of stock.” It seems a lot of people are either scalping or scamming as eBay is full of listing guaranteeing to deliver it on September 29 or 30 but charging more than double the retail price.