It has recently been confirmed that production on the NES and SNES Classic has ceased, which leaves us wondering whether we’ll ever get a Nintendo 64 Classic. Addressing the possibility of future mini classic consoles, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told The Hollywood Reporter:
“There’s no ability for add-on content with our classic consoles, so when you purchase the console it’s coming with that set roster of content. We worked very hard, both for the NES Classic and the SNES Classic, to really have the best games that defined that generation. We’ve said that the current systems are the extent of our classic program. We’ve also been clear that, at least from an
Reggie continued by teasing retro games on the Nintendo Switch as part of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service. “The way that consumers will be able to continue participating with our classic content is going to be through Nintendo Switch Online, and we just released three new games (Ninja Gaiden, Wario’s Woods, and Adventures of Lolo) from the NES generation onto that platform. We look at that as the main way that consumers will be able to experience that legacy content.”
Will we ever get a Nintendo 64 Classic?
Judging from Reggie’s interview with The Hollywood Reporter, it would seem that Nintendo has no plans to release a Nintendo 64 Classic. At least, for the time being. Following the success of the NES and SNES Classic, other companies released mini consoles of their own, though none have managed to yield the same level of profits.
While mini consoles like the PlayStation Classic have struggled to attract gamers on the same scale as the NES and SNES Classic, the hype that preceded the PS Classic highlights how gamers in general still have a nostalgic interest. For example, back in June of 2018, the NES Classic managed to devour the competition by selling more units than the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 – and that’s only a small example of the mini console’s success.
Keeping that success in mind, it’s understandable that Nintendo would want to refocus and incentivize their online subscription service for the Switch by offering exclusive NES and SNES titles. As such, mini consoles like the NES and SNES Classic serve as unintentional competition. However, Nintendo has been a bit vague when it comes to games from generations outside the NES and SNES.
For example, is Nintendo planning on releasing Nintendo 64 content on the Switch? Right now, the answer appears to be “no” with virtual console games limited to NES, SNES, and Game Boy Advance. To make matters even more confusing, a trademark filing relating to Nintendo 64 properties was completed earlier this year with categories including arcade video game machines, toys, toys with built-in chips, as well as game machines and apparatus.
At the time,
The overwhelming success of the NES and SNES Classic are the primary reason, though there’s also the fact that the company has limited plans for virtual console on the Switch. If Nintendo 64 properties aren’t available on Nintendo Switch Online, there’s no real harm in releasing a mini console. In fact, a Nintendo 64 Classic could help garner additional interest for Nintendo 64 titles as part of Nintendo Switch Online.
Granted, there are legal issues to consider with a Nintendo 64 Classic, with familiar staples like GoldenEye 007 being potentially difficult to license. With so many Nintendo properties including Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, it feels like there’s plenty of room for a decent lineup even if licensing issues should arise.
We can’t see why Nintendo wouldn’t want to try their hand at releasing a Nintendo 64 Classic. The Nintendo 64 was one of the most popular consoles of its
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