Nintendo of America big cheese Reggie Fils-Aime has revealed that an N64 Classic Edition is not on the cards right now.
Rumours have been swirling about a mini version of the Big N’s cartridge based system for a while now, and at one point, it looked pretty certain it would happen. Take a look at this leak of a supposed N64 Classic Edition logo, for example.
However, speaking during an interview with Kotaku, the Regginator said that while he ‘would not ever rule something out… what I can tell you is certainly that’s not in our planning horizon.’
‘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,’ he explained. ‘That was the very strategic reason we launched the NES Classic system.’
Regardless whether or not there will be an N64 Classic Edition, one thing’s for sure – nostalgia sells. Nintendo recently confirmed that the NES and SNES Classics have sold over 10 million units combined, so there’s obviously a market for retro gaming in this form.
In the meantime, Ninty is still offering NES games as part of its Nintendo Switch Online subscription service.