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Rumor: Super NES Classic Edition won’t be sold in Quebec due to French language restrictions

Posted on August 22, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, Rumors

The Super NES Classic Edition will be sold in the typical areas where Nintendo products are available. However, it looks like fans in Quebec, Canada’s French language province, will not have an opportunity to buy one.

Motherboard spoke with two EB Games employees in the Montreal area who shared the information. The site writes the following in its aritcle:

According to both employees, who were located at separate stores, this decision is related to the province’s notoriously strict language requirements, which protect the use of French in the province and mandate that business be done in French. Because of a 2009 requirement, all video games sold in the province must be translated into Quebecois French if they’re available in French elsewhere in the world. Because of differences in format, this can be more complicated than just selling a European edition of the game in the Canadian province, a report in Le Devoir noted that same year.

Independent video game journalist Denis Talbot has also heard that the Super NES Classic Edition won’t be available in Quebec. This also backs up what Best Buy Canada said earlier today, who confirmed that pre-orders wouldn’t be extended to those living in the area.

Nintendo isn’t officially saying anything either way. The company only provided the following statement: “Nintendo considers a number of factors when deciding which markets to launch its products in, but we do not discuss details about our distribution plans.”

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  • Exy

    And to think a lot of people wanted to move there suddenly for some reason.

    • JasonBall

      Yes, having no SNES Classic really ruins those plans.

      • Exy

        I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to imagine living in a first-world country where you’re not allowed to play Mega Man X.

  • Διονῦς84

    It is as if the Francophones will not understand contimental French and English…

    Freaking nanny state of a country

    • ECM

      They can grasp continental French but, if my experience is anything to go by, understanding English is very,very hit and miss.

      (Otherwise, yeah, clown central.)

      • Διονῦς84

        Having visited Montreal, I don’t think that there is any young Francophone who won’t be able to understand an English-speaking video game…

        • ECM

          That’s probably true in Montreal, as it’s a tourist trap, but leave the cities and best of luck to you.

          • Vigilante_blade

            Even outside, there’s maybe 1% of Quebecois who don’t understand enough English to get by.

          • ECM

            I have been in the position of asking Quebecois “where is the bathroom”, at gas stations, and been met, repeatedly, with blank looks. I have been in Burger Kings (etc.) where ordering is a nightmare. No matter how many times people tell me that they know English well enough to “get by”, I’m going to say, based on personal experience that…nope.

  • Reggie

    Was this ever a problem with the original NES Mini?

    • Vigilante_blade

      Nope

  • Vigilante_blade

    What… The… Heck!?

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    • Tlink7

      Don’t you live there? How did you not know lol

      • Vigilante_blade

        You realize that I wrote this comment the day this was announced…?

        • Tlink7

          Obviously I meant the law being in existence

          • Vigilante_blade

            Yes, but e NES classic conformed to the law, and so did every nintendo console. There was no way I could have known. My reaction was legitimate and please don’t patronize people when they are being given bad news. This is poor form.

          • Tlink7

            I’m not trying to be mean, I’m just curious. We don’t have a similar law here, so not a lot of games get Dutch translations (as of recent years we’ve been getting a bit more, however)

            That’s weird… what is the SNES mini doing different from the NES mini?

          • Vigilante_blade

            The NES mini had French instruction manuals. The SNES mini doesn’t have French for both Kirby (which actually had one on SNES) and Star Fox 2. In other words, the only reason we can’t buy it in Quebec is because they didn’t bother translating instructions to French. A game doesn’t actually have to have French in it, just French instructions. It can be European French.

            In other words, the SNES mini is no doing right by its customers.

          • Tlink7

            But if it isn’t French anywhere else in the world, then the law doesn’t apply? Unless Canada considers the SNES mini to be one big game…. Blame Canada I say 😛

  • Velen (Not WoW)

    OKAY WHAT?

  • _17chan

    It’s true. I had to order my Asus Zenwatch 2 from BandHphoto because our stores don’t carry them since the boxes are all in english only.. NOW they have them in stores of course.

  • MoYeung

    Don’t live in Quebec… Problem solved

    • Vigilante_blade

      Don’t be a racist. Problem solved.

      • Reggie

        Quebec isn’t a race.

        • Vigilante_blade

          We’re a nation with a distinct culture. We’re not “nothing”

          • Reggie

            I know, but my point is, it’s not a race.

          • Vigilante_blade

            I would say it’s a pedantic argument of semantics. Then Xenophobic if you want to argue needlessly.

          • Reggie

            So long as we agree it’s not a race. Look up the definition.

          • Vigilante_blade

            Reggie, you need to lay off. This is utterly pointless.

      • MoYeung

        Geographical location has nothing to do with race.

        • Vigilante_blade

          Xenophobic then. Same difference.

          • MoYeung

            You don’t know what you are talking about…

          • RoadyMike

            Dude are you drunk?

          • Vigilante_blade

            You may not know this, but Quebec gets a lot of bad treatment from certain Canadians.

          • RoadyMike

            Sounds tough man.No need to get on edge about it tho. One one here is being hostile towards Quebec(ians? Quebecs?) I was genuinely appalled you jumped to such a conclusion. “Xenophobic”? Come on now

            What Mo basically meant was ” If this is just a problem in Quebec, go somewhere else to get your SNES Mini”. Nothing more

            And Reggie is right, Quebec isn’t a race. Neither is “Canadian” or “American”. My race isn’t “Mexican”, it’s hispanic(or latino, whatever it is their using these days). Mexico is just my nationality, where I’m from. It’s not semantics if the 2 words don’t mean the same thing m8

          • Vigilante_blade

            The wording hardly matters. Someone is being i tolerant towards us and I am calling it out for what it is.

            Telling people to “not live in Quebec” is helping no one.

          • RoadyMike

            But it does. Maybe if he wanted to be reeally careful, he could’ve said it the way I put it but he would still be saying the same thing. You’re the one who immediately interpreted what he said in the worst way possible. You’re seeing things that aren’t really there man, get a grip. Offense is never given, only taken

            Fair enough. Just order the SNES Mini from somewhere else then?

          • Vigilante_blade

            Keep in mind, he’s allowed to say what he wants, but I’m also allowed to not take it.

            And no, we’re not allowed to even order it. Every single Canadian and non-Canadian online stores do not deliver to Quebec as a result. Not only that, I have missed my chance when the pre-orders were up. I’m going to essentiaqlly have to order one ffrom Play Asia for around 200-300$ and hack in the English roms.

            (And I will also have to deliver it to Ontario to someone else’s house)

          • RoadyMike

            I’m just saying, that what he said and what you think he meant are or could be 2 completely different things. Don’t jump the gun

            Well that sucks. But at least you know there are alternatives you can use. I dunno, get someone you know that might be in the US to get it and deliver it to you that way

          • Vigilante_blade

            It’s what I thought it was. II’m certain of it.

            I don,t know someone in the US who can actually do this. That also means paying a ridiculous sum of money for it. And witht he little time I have to order, I can’t guarantee anything, especially since I missed pre-orders because of this (it was in my cart too).

            Literally, I have two options now:

            – Pay 500$ on Ebay to a scalper
            – Use Play-Asia, ship it to Ontario, take a weekend off work to drive over there on a long road trip.

            ALL of this because Nintendo couldn’t have taken TWO SECONDS to add the French roms as an option.

          • RoadyMike

            Alrighty then, if you insist. I still don’t see how it would be “xenophobic” since you mentioned it’s treatment from other canadians or racist since you both could be the same skin color for all we know. But let’s just leave it at that

            Better than nothing I guess? I dunno, I honestly expected Nintendo to make more of these things available. SNES is ridiculously popular, legendary even, and it has the never before released StarFox 2. Nintendo could make so much more money if they made much more of these things

          • Vigilante_blade

            It’s literally nothing. I have zero percent chance of getting it at MSRP. Probably less than 0.000001% of getting it at all. Seriously, you guys are actually better off than me even with the forced rarity (Which is a problem in end of itself).

            Seriously, Nintendo disrespects its customers by forcing them to jump through hoops to get their products.

          • RoadyMike

            I personally don’t see the big deal. It’s essentially an emulation box. I can make one of those with a raspberry pi, an emulator and some roms. Of course I wouldn’t sell it but it’s not much different than what they’re selling at ~$70US. But that’s just me

            I don’t think Nintendo is at fault this time. Sounds like a Quebec restriction thing. Sure the SNES Mini is scarce and that is entirely Nintendo’s fault, but they’re not the ones keeping Quebecois specifically from getting it. Nintendo also isn’t to blame for scalpers, who are already have postings for these SNES for up to 4X the MSRP already

          • Vigilante_blade

            It’s a shared blame. Quebec’s language restriction lawas are antiquatred. While I think that it is important to protect our culture, the rules must adapt to 2017.

            However, Nintendo knew of those restrictions and could have easily made it available.

  • More Snes to go around

    • Vigilante_blade

      Gee, how nice of you. Try some empathy next time.

  • Fernando Silva

    Blame Canada!

  • R.Z.

    From what I heard even the ones sold in France won’t have French language (the games are the US 60 Hz versions), so the ban shouldn’t even happen !

    • Vigilante_blade

      France does not allow games not being in French. They are far stricter than Quebec on that front.

      • R.Z.

        Only the packaging I think, otherewise there are plenty of games without any sort of french text.

  • Tlink7

    What kind of crazy law is that… bloody retarded. Quebec is 100% to blame here

    • Vigilante_blade

      50%. Nintendo could have easily added French instructions (or ripped the European one). The law is antiquated, but Nintendo could also have avoided this.

      • Tlink7

        The law is from 2009, which is insane. And Nintendo would have had to redo all the games in Quebec French, because apparently normal French isn’t good enough

        • Vigilante_blade

          No, any French is acceptable. And the game doesn’t have to be playable in French… Only the box and instruction manual.

          • Tlink7

            Why does it say ”Quebec French” in the article then?

          • Vigilante_blade

            Innacurate.

          • Tlink7

            But SNES games are available in French? Something else is afoot here