Possible Reason For Lack Of North American Super NES Classic Pre Orders

Super NES Classic Pre Orders

In a post originating on I4U News, the author Luigi Lugmayr speculates on why Nintendo has yet to open Super NES Classic pre orders in North America. The reason (according to Mr. Lugmayr)? Because the new micro console from Nintendo has yet to receive Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval. This approval is necessary for certain electronic devices, particularly ones which transmit signals through the airwaves, i.e. ones that have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. This is possibly one of the reasons why the Xbox One X has yet to have pre orders open.

Meanwhile, Mic is reporting that they believe this reasoning to be incorrect as the SNES Classic doesn’t feature these kinds of transmissions. The author Jason Faulkner says that even the NES Classic doesn’t have FCC approval but yet was sold in the U.S. for several months despite this. He speculates that the retail situation Nintendo endured with the NES Classic release may be the real reason why there are no Super NES Classic pre orders in North America thus far. Scalpers bought the NES Classic at a frenzied pace, only to attempt to resell the systems on eBay, Amazon, and the like. In fact as of this writing, there are many listings for NES Classic at over $200, nearly 4 times the original retail price of $59.99.

Even with the SNES Classic being about $20 more, it seems somewhat likely that scalpers would snatch up these systems too once given the opportunity. That could be why Nintendo is holding off on pre orders. The SNES Classic is scheduled to be released on September 29th, a Friday. So despite Nintendo’s best intentions, scalpers may still wind up with the majority of release day systems since this date is a weekday and thus most people who are interested in the system would be at work or school during the day when it would be available for purchase.

Source: I4U News, Mic, Google News, & Nintendo Life

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