Earlier in the week, the first round of SNES Classic Edition pre-orders went up and sold out in the blink of an eye. Pre-orders from many different companies were available, including Walmart, GameStop, Target, ThinkGeek, and Amazon. One company notably absent from that list is Toys R Us, even though we know the toy store chain will be selling the SNES Classic Edition when it launches next month.
So, what’s going on? Why wasn’t Toys R Us among the ranks of retailers offering pre-orders for the SNES Classic? As it turns out, Toys R Us isn’t planning to offer SNES Classic pre-orders at all.
The retailer revealed this on Twitter in reply to a customer who was asking if pre-orders would be available. We also discover a few more tidbits of information from its string of Twitter replies. For the moment, Toys R Us doesn’t know if every store across the US will have them on hand, nor does it know how much stock will be available at stores that do carry the console.
Furthermore, SNES Classics will be limited to one per customers when it releases on September 29. This means no picking up extras and flipping them on eBay later, so if you’re going to line up, do so with that expectation.
You might want to line up as early as you can on September 29, too, because the number of people who didn’t get a pre-order is likely pretty large. It’s hard to imagine that each individual Toys R Us store is going to have a lot of stock on hand, so the earlier you can get in line, the better. Are you planning to line up on launch day, or were you one of the lucky ones who managed to snag an SNES Classic pre-order? Head down to the comments section and let us know!