No Nintendo N64 Classic Mini in the works, maybe never

Donna Miller
November 18, 2018

Following the huge success of the NES and SNES Classic, it seemed only logical that Nintendo would keep the ball rolling with an N64 edition. "That was the very strategic reason we launched the NES Classic system". Interestingly, he begins his response by talking about how the previous Classic systems were seen as ways to bridge the gap between Wii U and Switch, before reminding everyone of Nintendo Switch Online's retro capabilities.

Today, however, we're getting some bad news straight from Nintendo of America Chief Reggie Fils-Aime. Still, despite trying to sell the service's meager retro game subscription as an alternative to it's Classic Edition consoles, Nintendo's President wouldn't say if that subscription service would serve gamers who want to play SNES, N64 or Gamecube games. Nintendo has even gone so far as releasing a special save file for The Legend of Zelda, and when that was launched, Nintendo suggested that it might do more like that in the future.

"So while consumers may have been anticipating something, we view these as limited time opportunities".

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Because of this, Nintendo doesn't necessarily need to continue making these Classic consoles since they are now fully entrenched in the Switch's life cycle. "We've also now been very clear that as the consumer looks forward to engaging with our classic content that is going to happen more and more with the subscription service". "We'll see what comes next", he said. While an N64 Classic Edition would nearly certainly have been a big hit, Nintendo probably would rather consumers focus on its first-party games this holiday season, especially when taking into consideration how slow this year has been for the Switch in general. Since Switch Online seems to be taking the place of the Virtual Console that was so successful on Wii and Wii U, it begs the question: will Switch Online one day offer SNES and N64 games alongside the NES titles that are now available?

Here's hoping that's what Nintendo does, because right now, things are looking bleak for a potential N64 Classic. They seem to be more focused on selling units of their current console rather than new items on the market.

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