For what it's worth, Nintendo is promising that the SNES Classic will be more readily available than the NES Classic, even if pre-orders have played out exactly as they did before. Nintendo claimed that the console was gone quickly because of a bot that placed online orders faster than humans could.
The launch of Nintendo's NES Classic Edition previous year was marred by the company's near-total disconnection from reality, as supply issues drove resale prices of the mini-console to several hundred dollars. Thus, they underestimated their own NES Classic.
"I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on a SNES Classic on any of the auction sites". "You shouldn't [have to] pay more than $79.99".
Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime urged potential buyers to avoid resellers that have exorbitant prices. But Fils-Aimé says that those issues were "outside our control", implicitly moving the blame to the retailers.
The pre-order process for Nintendo's SNES Classic Edition was, in a word, a nightmare.
Sadly it appears Switch-seeking Nintendo fans are likely to experience disappointment this time around.
The unexpectedly high demand and "multiple choke points" in the supply chain have led to a dismayed fanbase, most notably in Japan.
"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".