It wasn't a dream, nor was it deja vu. Nintendo SNES Classic systems were available for pre-order at 1 a.m. this morning and are already gone.
In stock alerts failed from Amazon and Best Buy, Brickseek only showed Best Buy's availability and that wasn't until 2:47 a.m. according my own inbox, by which point it was too late.
guess a lot of people will be upset they didn't get a chance to pre-order the SNES Classic. I never got an alert for Amazon which is odd.
— Jordan ???? (@JKingdom23) August 22, 2017
— BuzzerBlog (@buzzerblog) August 22, 2017
The other issue was the lack of clarity on the pre-order date. According to Forbes, Nintendo made the statement that the unit will be available to pre-order the end of August. This was after many people got burned by Walmart getting a false start on pre-orders in July, forcing the giant to give refunds to hundreds of people.
I'm over here waiting for you to tweet about the SNES Classic Edition preorders going live since I got burned from https://t.co/13q8VQ5sLI ????
— Mark Stroot (@MarkStroot) August 13, 2017
While Nintendo promises there will be more SNES than there were NES, after this start do consumers even trust the Japanese game-maker?