Reggie On N64 Mini Possibility: “That’s Not In Our Planning Horizon”
With the massive successes of the NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition mini-consoles, it was a natural progression to think that Nintendo might be considering bringing out the next console in their lineup: the Nintendo 64. With trademarks being renewed the rumor of an impending N64 mini has been in the air for the past six months or so. We figured it that even if it was in development that 2018 would not be the year it would release because Nintendo was still raking in money off of the SNES and the re-release of the NES. When Kotaku caught up with Reggie Fils-Aime (NOA president) and asked him about the possibility of an N64 Classic coming out he answered:
“We were clear when we did the first two Classic series that, for us, these were limited time opportunities that were a way for us as a business to bridge from the conclusion of Wii U as a hardware system to the launch of Nintendo Switch. That was the very strategic reason we launched the NES Classic system.
“So while consumers may have been anticipating something, we view these as limited time opportunities. 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.”
“I would not ever rule something out, but what I can tell you is certainly that’s not in our planning horizon.”
So, it sounds like he has nothing to share at the moment, which isn’t too surprising. He does make it sound like Nintendo might be shying away from retro console releases and instead focusing on the Switch subscription plan. Our take? Nintendo is secretly planning to release a Game Boy Classic Edition in 2019! Maybe?
Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He’s currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.