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The NES Classic left something of a bad taste in the mouths of many gamers; while the unit was a dream come true for retro fans, there simply wasn't enough stock to meet demand and Nintendo made the whole situation worse by ending production.

Later this year the SNES Classic arrives, and those same gamers will be hoping that history doesn't repeat itself. Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has been speaking to the Financial Times about the system, and explained that current problems with securing pre-orders are outside of Nintendo's control. 

He also urged fans to avoid paying over the odds for consoles via auction sites - something which happened with the NES Classic:

In this case, it's not [a supply issue]. I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites... You shouldn't [have to] pay more than $79.99.

Fils-Aime also denied that the shortages of the NES Classic were deliberate, and that initial production numbers for the system were based on "historically low" sales of other retro-gaming consoles from rival manufacturers. He also said that the $79.99 price point was to avoid exceeding the cost of Nintendo's next cheapest system, the 3DS.

Do you trust Reggie when he says you shouldn't have to pay over the odds for a SNES Classic, or do you see a repeat of last year's debacle? Let us know with a comment.

Thanks to SLIGEACH_EIRE for the tip!