Even though the consoles will only be released at the end of September, local retailers have begun to take pre-orders for the Super NES Classic mini console. The same also goes for its Japanese twin, the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom which can be pre-ordered at the same price.
Given the fact that Nintendo does not have an official presence here in Malaysia or even in other countries within South East Asia, and has given the rights to distribute its products in the region to Maxsoft, the price for the upcoming mini console is noticeably higher as compared to Nintendo’s official markets.
Hence, we have come out with two handy tables that show the differences in pricing for Nintendo’s retro mini console. Let’s first start with Singapore since it is also handled by the same distributor as Malaysia:
With a difference of RM 54, the gap is quite considerable. What makes this option enticing is the fact that Qisahn offers free Poslaju shipping to Malaysia. Furthermore, all three retailers provide the same 12-months warranty from Maxsoft on Super NES Classic and Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom.
Not surprisingly, the price difference that gamers in Malaysia (and Singapore) are paying for their retro mini console are quite obvious when compared to Nintendo’s official markets such as Japan, United States, and United Kingdom:
In general, the price gap for Super NES Classic Edition or Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom between Malaysia and other markets is not as high that of the Nintendo Switch’s introductory price. That said, this gap would be much lower once delivery and possible tax charges are taken into consideration if one decides to purchase the mini console from other countries and get it sent to Malaysia.
All in all, the situation is not that bad this time around but it is still quite hard to ignore that RM 100+ difference in terms of pricing between Malaysia and other markets.