The NES Classic Mini, the predecessor to the SNES Classic Mini, was released last year and was a huge success – selling out quickly across the world.
Whenever restocks were sent to retailers they were quickly snapped up, and units could be seen selling on eBay for QUADRUPLE the asking price.
Nintendo eventually discontinued the console this year, with limited restocks being sent to some retailers in April and May.
Units have not been seen since then – until in the past few days when import website AliExpress started listing NES Classic Mini units.
However, a user on NeoGAF who got hold of one of those units has claimed they are in fact FAKE consoles.
On first glance, the console looks real with official looking packaging and the unit looking almost identical to a real NES Classic Mini.
However, the NeoGAF user went into detail about why they felt the console was a fake.
They cited the colour of the actual console being slightly off and extra ridges around the buttons on the controller.
But they said the main giveaway was once you load up the console and look at the menu system.
They said compared to an official unit, the font on theme screen is smaller, there is different spacing and the 1P/2P boxes use a different font.
They also said the font on START and SELECT button icons is different and there are five full game boxes shown – instead of four on a real unit.
Since the NeoGAF listing was posted, the listing on the AliExpress website has been removed.
The NeoGAF user Lupin the Third said: “Anyway, just be aware. If you’re still in the market for an NES Classic Mini and stumble across these as either US or European units, and the price seems too good to be true…it might be!”
If you’re gutted about missing out on a NES Classic Mini, the best bet might just to be hit eBay and get an original NES console.
You will get that authentic retro experience and your money won’t be wasted on a cheap knock-off.
Express.co.uk have contacted the Alibaba Group, who have AliExpress in their portfolio of websites.
The news comes as there’s a mad rush to grab SNES Classic Mini pre-orders in the UK.
The SNES Classic Mini was announced just over two weeks ago, and since then pre-orders have been selling out quickly at UK retailers.
The console, which costs either £69.99 or £79.99, comes loaded with 21 classic 16-Bit games including the never before released Star Fox 2.
The SNES Classic Mini is set to come out on September 29 2017, and will come bundled with two controllers and a HDMI cable.