Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime dashes hopes of an N64 Classic anytime soon

Joanna Estrada
November 18, 2018

NOA's president mentioned that Nintendo usually announces and launches within six months, 'but there are times for strategic reasons that we believe it's important to message that a game is coming.

Fils-Aime didn't give details on why the company has not released an N64 Classic but many believe that it could be due to the fact that the N64 was a much different console. Despite leaks and renders previously seen, Fils-Aime said that an N64 Classic is definitely "not in [Nintendo's] planning horizon".

First came the NES Classic. Nintendo has made millions off of its NES and SNES micro-consoles, and there's evidence an N64 mini will happen at some point. Nintendo rival Sony is cashing in on the classic consoles trend this holiday season with the PlayStation Classic.

"So it seems that we can draw two conclusions: first, that Nintendo's primary goal is to make the most of NES, and second, that once this is achieved, it certainly doesn't seem to look bad to take advantage of work done on other of its great platforms of the past", Fils-Aime added. He called them "limited time opportunities" and said Nintendo will primarily re-release games through its recently launched Nintendo Switch Online subscription service. Even though the Switch performed well out of the gate, Nintendo then responded to the overwhelming demand for the NES Classic by launching the SNES Classic Edition in September 2017 and reintroducing the NES Classic in June.

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

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. Obviously some favorites will be missing - we probably won't see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games due to licensing issues - but there are a lot of possibilities there. And now that's Nintendo's doing well again, the need for more Classic Edition consoles may no longer exist.

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