A line-up of more than 100 people snaked in front of the Best Buy on Sainte-Catherine Street in downtown Montreal Friday, waiting for the Super Nintendo Classic Mini.
It includes 21 games inside a machine that looks exactly like the original console, which debuted in the early 1990s.
However, the console almost didn’t make it to Quebec.
Last summer, Nintendo announced it would only be for sale in English Canada, lighting up the blogosphere with accusations and rumours that the province’s strict language police were involved.
The Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) is claiming no role in the situation, insisting that Nintendo “made a business decision.”
Nintendo did not return Global News’ calls for comment.
One vlogger, Ghislain de Pessemier, took to YouTube to poke fun at the whole situation.
“I was like, let’s make a funny video. Let’s blame no one,” he said.
“So, that’s what I did.”
Within a month, the video had almost 25,000 views — and one week before the SNES Classic was scheduled to go on sale in Canada, retailers announced it would also be coming to Quebec.
The console sells for about $100.