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Classic game console hits Quebec shelves after controversy

WATCH ABOVE: The SNES Classic finally hit Quebec shelves, despite fans worrying that language laws might keep it out of the province. Global's Billy Shields reports.

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.

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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.

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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.

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The Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) is claiming no role in the situation, insisting that Nintendo “made a business decision.”

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Nintendo did not return Global News’ calls for comment.

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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.

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“So, that’s what I did.”

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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.