"You shouldn't [have to] pay more than $79.99", Fils-Aime said.
Fils-Aime told the Financial Times (paywall) that, this time around, Nintendo has "dramatically increased" production, and that the early constraints on pre-orders were "outside our control". According to him, there will be enough SNES Classic consoles to grab, so no one has to resort to auction sites.
The launch of Nintendo's NES Classic Edition a year ago was marred by the company's near-total disconnection from reality, as supply issues drove resale prices of the mini-console to several hundred dollars. And there is a potential that demand is going to outstrip supply.
However, given that's never been the company's style, and we can expect more shortages throughout the holiday season.
How it actually plays out remains to be seen; the Super NES Classic Edition goes on sale on September 29 for $80.
He did not want to go into specifics about which parts in the supply chain have created problems, and when FT pressed him, he would only say that "there are multiple choke points".
It's easy to cast doubt on the exec's claims, but it's worth noting that he seems less optimistic about meeting the holiday demands for the Nintendo Switch.
"Certainly the demand is there and the supply chain is there". It's no surprise, then, that Nintendo fans were skeptical they'd be able to get the SNES Classic Edition this year. While third-party Switches are not quite as absurdly priced as they were at the time of the system's launch, it's still not uncommon to find Switch units on eBay and other websites going for $100 or more above retail price.