Walmart has been called many things over the years, but for a select few of us, we now have a new name for them – destroyer of hopes and dreams. Yes, folks, Walmart is indeed canceling each and every Super Nintendo Classic pre-order, as previously reported. While a many have received an email earlier during the week, those of us who didn’t, assumed that we were safe. Well, turns out that isn’t the case as the company has recently sent out a mass mailer. This said email sums up everyone’s fears – our pre-orders are being canceled.
There’s more than a few frustrated staffers here who have received the email, myself included.
“Thank you for your interest in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System – Classic Edition. As you are aware, this is a highly sought after console that will launch later this fall.
Unfortunately, due to a technical glitch, the Super Nintendo Classic Edition was mistakenly made available last Friday evening ahead of the official release date. We, regrettably, will have to cancel this item on your order. We know that this is incredibly disappointing to you, and we’re truly sorry for this mistake.
In regards to the cancellation of this item, if you paid by credit card, your card has not been charged. Any authorization holds placed on your account will automatically expire in accordance with the card issuer’s policy. If you paid through PayPal or with a gift card, your payment will be refunded when the order is cancelled.
The official launch date for this item is 9/29, please check the product page on Walmart.com prior to that date for any updates.
I do hope you’ll give us another chance to earn back your business.”
So, there you have it. Everyone who got originally scored a pre-order will have to do it again. More than likely, against those who truly want one and against scalpers, whose goal is to make a quick buck. But, it’s really crappy that Walmart just couldn’t or wouldn’t leave those pre-orders alone. The UK had already sold out, how exactly would this have hurt the company? Hell, there’s not even a “we’re sorry, here’s a $5 credit or something”.
Thanks for nothing, Walmart!