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SNES Classic Mini pre-order US UPDATE – Walmart open pre-orders, Amazon or Best Buy next? | Gaming | Entertainment

The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Edition has become available to pre-orders in America at long last, with Walmart becoming the first US retailer to open pre-orders.

The Super Nintendo Mini pre-orders began at Walmart on Friday, almost a month after the new pint-sized console from Nintendo was first announced.

SNES Classic Mini pre-orders began in the UK the same day the console was announced, but it's taken almost four weeks for fans in the States to get a chance to pre-order it.

The SNES Classic Mini costs $79.99 and comes loaded with 21 classic 16-Bit games, including the never before released Star Fox 2.

All of these Super Nintendo games will be playable in glorious HD, thanks to the bundled in HDMI cable.

Now that Walmart have kicked of SNES Classic Mini pre-orders in the US, it begs the question - with retailer in America will be next?

Currently, there are two US retailers offering notifications on when they will make SNES Classic Mini pre-orders available.

These websites are Amazon and Best Buy.

The Best Buy page for the SNES Classic Mini says the product is "coming soon" while the Amazon page says they don't know when it will become available to pre-order.

GameStop currently do not have a SNES Classic Mini product page, and neither does the Official Nintendo US Store, Target and Toys R Us.

It had previously been rumoured that the reason the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Edition had not been available to pre-order so far was because of FCC approval.

Nintendo Life have reported that US pre-orders for the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Edition are not live yet due to FCC approval.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ensures that all electronic gadgets in the US generates electromagnetic interference within safe limits.

Microsoft also recently revealed that the Xbox One X is not available to pre-order yet as it’s awaiting FCC approval.

In the UK, SNES Classic Mini pre-orders have been like gold dust - quickly selling out whenever retailers received stock.

Leading websites like Argos, Tesco Direct, Amazon UK, Game, Very, the Official Nintendo UK Store, Smyths Toys and ShopTo have all sold out of SNES Classic Mini pre-orders.

The only way to pre-order currently in the UK is in store at a number of Game branches in the UK.

Nintendo have tried to assure fans that the SNES Classic Mini would not suffer the same stock shortages that its predecessor - the NES Classic Mini - suffered.

That product was regularly seen on eBay for more than QUADRUPLE the asking as scalpers often managed to bag the limited stock.

In a statement to USgamer, Nintendo said: "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.

"Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition is currently planned to ship from 29th September until the end of calendar year 2017. At this time, we have nothing to announce regarding any possible shipments beyond this year."

It was eventually discontinued this year by Nintendo.

The US and UK versions of the SNES Classic Mini feature the same 21 games loaded onto it, but the Japanese Super Famicom Mini has a number of different games.

These games are are Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, The Legend of Mystical Ninja, Panel de Pon and Super Soccer.

Japan’s Super Famicom Mini also features Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers, which has more characters than the UK and US SNES Mini’s Street Fighter 2 Turbo.

It's rumoured that Nintendo will follow up the SNES Classic Mini with a N64 Classic Mini next year.

SNES CLASSIC MINI GAMES LIST - ALL 21 GAMES WITH THE SUPER NINTENDO CLASSIC MINI

• 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™

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