The Nintendo SNES Classic Mini went on sale last Friday and as you might imagine stock has been flying off those physical and digital shelves in minutes.
Stock levels do seem slightly better than last year when Nintendo launched the NES Classic Mini, but fans are still struggling to find any new stock from any of the big retailers.
GAME, Argos, John Lewis, ASDA Direct and even Nintendo’s own website has struggled to hold onto any stock for any great length of time.
We’ve even seen some websites, such as Tesco and Smythes releasing stock in batches, going “out of stock” every five minutes or so.
It’s even been available to buy on Amazon stores from France, Germany and elsewhere across the channel.
But whilst Amazon has proved the most fruitful for stock, it too hasn’t stayed around for any great length of time.
As of this morning, according to the handy Stock Informer website, no retailer appears to have listed any new stock, but there is at least one GAME store – GAME Chatham – who have tweeted to say they have two in stock for anyone able to get down to the shop.
“We have 2 SNES mini available….come and get retro asap! First come first served!!” the store tweeted, and unlike other Game stores they’re yet to say whether it’s already been sold.
Back in June, Nintendo issued a statement to Kotaku, where the company confidently stated there would be more supply for the SNES compared to the problems with the NES Stock last year.
“We aren’t providing specific numbers, but we will produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition,” Nintendo said back in June.
In fairness, despite the stock shortages currently, SNES stock has seemed slightly less problematic.
For anyone that’s forgotten, the SNES Launched in Europe in 1992 and introduced what many consider some of the greatest video games of all time – classics such as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid and F-ZERO.
Plus, for the first time, players who pick up the system can enjoy the intergalactic adventure Star Fox 2, the sequel to the original Star Fox (originally titled Starwing upon release in Europe) game that was created during the Super Nintendo era but never released anywhere.
Here’s a quick list of those 21 games included:
• Contra III: The Alien Wars™Donkey Kong Country™
• Final Fantasy III
• 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
Recently Atari revealed their new Ataribox, another retro console with a current twist that looks set to perfectly channel the feeling of the original Atari 2600.
At E3 this year Atari began teasing a “brand new Atari product.” and aired a 20-second trailer which hinted at an Atari reboot.
The released teaser hinted at a throwback to the original Atari 2600, showing a machine with the classic wooden shell.
Yesterday, fans were given their first look at the new console, along with a generous amount of new details.
Atari fans received a pleasant surprise yesterday morning when they received an email from Atari that revealed their intentions with the new console, it read: “our objective is to create something new, that stays true to our heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari.”
This new ‘Ataribox’ features a sleek look, with sharp lines, a raised back, and a front panel that can either be glass or wood and allows for indicator lights to glow through the faceplate.
Atari also revealed that the console includes SD card support, a HDMI port, and four USB ports on the back.
“We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, pricing, timing,” reads an Atari statement. “We’re not teasing you intentionally; we want to get this right, so we’ve opted to share things step by step as we bring this to life, and to listen closely to the Atari community feedback as we do so.”
That said, it does appear as though the console will play more than just games from Atari’s own extensive library of classic games.
It’s said that the Ataribox will also be capable of playing “current gaming content” according to the company.
Writers for gadgets.ndtv.com have suggested – though cannot say for sure – that the machine could release with software similar to Android boxes like the Ouya or Nvidia Shield TV.
“Could this result in a console similar to the myriad of Android boxes such as the Ouya and the Nvidia Shield TV or akin to Nintendo’s retro efforts like the SNES or NES Classic? Only time will tell.”