[Update: The Super Nt consoles are now out of stock, and while the purchase process was unsurprisingly nerve-wracking, I got one. How did it go? Here’s a quick recap of what went down and what to potentially expect next time.
Right at 8:00 a.m., my cart wouldn’t update (a common issue, from what I read), so I had to hammer on the add-to-cart button for about eight minutes. My Super NT Classic finally showed up and I filled in my address, and then I was sent to a queue page that warned me not to refresh. Seven-ish minutes later, I was let in, I filled out my billing info – it would’ve been faster if I had Apple Pay – and the order was placed. My shipping was $24. I got my confirmation email at 8:17 a.m. and let out a big sigh of relief.
The cart error message showing up the second the clock struck 8:00 a.m. felt like a bad omen that the bots and scalpers had already won again. I’m glad I didn’t give up. Assuming Analogue uses a similar setup for future product drops, consider setting up Apple Pay to expedite the billing process.
I will say, it was nice to be able to secure a sought-after product just using a phone rather than some multi-browser setup on my PC or a sketchy-looking secret URL to beat the crowd.
At the time of writing (9:30 a.m.), the Nt Mini Noir is still in stock.]
Super Nt will be restocked in Classic, SF, and Black.
Available April 9, 2021 at 8am PDT.
Limit 2 per customer. pic.twitter.com/yhYeSjeBfW
— Analogue (@analogue) April 8, 2021
I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning and try to grab a Super Nt – but I’m not holding my breath. My lucky streak for successfully placing online orders for sought-after consoles is bound to run out soon. If you’re up for it, the Super Nt will be available again tomorrow, April 9, starting at 8:00 a.m. Pacific.
The transparent design has been discontinued, but the other three models – Classic, SF (Super Famicom), and Black – will pop up in the online shop. The console costs $189.99 (plus shipping), and Analogue is limiting two per customer, a move that has spread anxiety about scalpers swooping in.
According to a heads-up newsletter I got today, “all orders will ship by the end of the week.” As for 8BitDo‘s matching SN30 – Classic and SN30 – SF controllers, they’re currently still out of stock.
If you’re reading this, you’re likely familiar – maybe a little too familiar – with the Super Nt. If not, it’s a well-crafted FPGA system designed for folks who want to get the most out of their Super Nintendo and Super Famicom cartridges in 2021. I’ll kindly direct you to My Life in Gaming’s extensive video review.
With the recent Pocket postponement news, we learned that Analogue was planning to restock a few of its products soon. Apart from the Super Nt, the “very last” Nt Mini Noir units will be available on Analogue’s shop at 8:00 a.m. Pacific on April 9, with a limit of one per customer. It’s a $499.99 beast.
On the one hand, I’m kind of relieved these systems aren’t readily available – I’d feel like a kid in a candy store that was accidentally given a twenty. On the other hand, I want to play my SNES carts on a modern TV without jumping through a bunch of hoops. After a recent splurge, I am so so ready.
I’m sending you all of my best “online shopping in the Covid era” vibes. Godspeed.