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Retailers promise more SNES Classic stock through holiday season, but don’t know when

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Expect to know ahead of time, though!

SNES Classic preview Ross Miller/Polygon

Nintendo fans will be able to buy more SNES Classic Edition consoles throughout the holiday season at Target, GameStop and Toys R Us, Polygon has confirmed with those retailers.

Representatives from each retailer gave us the same answer when we inquired about future shipments: The SNES Classic will return sporadically during throughout the holiday season, but they’re not sure when those shipments will be coming. Representatives also informed us that they would let customers know when shipments were expected to arrive when Nintendo gave retailers the heads up. What does that mean? Keep an eye on Twitter, basically.

A representative from Best Buy declined to comment on future shipments of the SNES Classic. Polygon has also reached out to Nintendo about expected periods of arrival for future shipments.

Nintendo executives previously said that production on the SNES Classic was ramped up following the troubled rollout of the NES Classic when the mini-console was released last year. Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aimé, told the Financial Times that people shouldn’t be spending more than the $80 price tag the company has set, adding that finding an SNES Classic shouldn’t be the nightmarish scavenger hunt it was last year.

“I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites,” Fils-Aimé said.

Unlike the NES Classic, which was sold on a first come, first served basis, Nintendo made the SNES Classic available for pre-order in the weeks and months before the console launched. Although there were some glitches, with pre-orders at some retailers being cancelled, GameStop, Best Buy, Target, Amazon and Wal-Mart all sold the system ahead of launch. Toys R Us was one of the only major retailers that didn’t offer pre-orders for the SNES Classic.

If you’re thinking about picking up an SNES Classic but want to know a little more about it, our guide about what to expect is a good place to start.