Japan Lines Up For Super Famicom Mini Pre-Orders

This Saturday, pre-orders for the Classic Mini Super Famicom kicked off in Japan. At stores in Tokyo and Osaka, fans showed up in droves.

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The Classic Mini Super Famicom comes packed with 21 games, including the never released Star Fox 2.

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There were lines at stores across the country. At 5:30am on Sunday morning, there were already forty or so people lined up at the Yodobashi Camera in Yokohama.

Pre-orders drew a long line at the Yodobashi Camera in Osaka’s Umeda.

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By 6:30am, there were 227 people lined up.

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It was a rainy morning that day in Osaka.

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Some people even camped out.

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In Kawasaki, around 300 people were in line at approximately 8:20am.

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Maybe the longest line was in Akihabara.

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According to Twitter user Kaztsu, the line at the Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara reached around 800-people long.

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Or maybe it was Yodobashi Camera at Shinjuku’s West Entrance, which according to this Twitter user might have seen as many as 1,000 people line up.

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But the cut-off point was the 400th person in line.

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Some people even lined up in rural parts of Japan. The lines, however, were much smaller. Here, sixteen people waited for pre-orders.

While I’m certain that there were some stores were getting a pre-order was easy, at many of the biggest retailers, that was not the case.

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If you are wondering why people lined up, Famicom Mini shortages are probably one reason. Another is that online pre-orders for some sites also went quick—in a matter of minutes.

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Below are more photos of lines:

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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I dont get why all the hype in Japan... from what I can remember, you could easily get a SuFami in any used videogame or electronics store for pretty cheap and quite easily anyways... but I guess the prices may have risen up with the retro obsession lately :/