Leave it to the lovable Reggie Fils-Aime to squash Nintendo fans’ hopes and dreams. The president of Nintendo of America was recently asked by Kotaku‘s Stephen Totilo if the Nintendo 64 Classic is an eventual possibility. The short answer? No.
During a Kotaku interview with the Nintendo head, the subject of retro consoles came up. 2016 had the Nintendo Classic, 2017 has the SNES Classic, so surely 2018 has to have the Nintendo 64 Classic, right? Not quite, said Reggie:
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.
The previous Classic consoles are viewed by Nintendo as limited, though I can safely say I saw plenty of SNES Classics available at my local Target the other day. Regardless, Reggie seems to be pushing Switch’s subscription service more nowadays. No surprise there, seeing as how Nintendo hates ROMs.
Stephen still wanted to get a definitive answer on the Nintendo 64 Classic from Reggie, though. He asked him if he’d rule out the prospect. The response was, “I would not ever rule something out, but what I can tell you is certainly that’s not in our planning horizon.”
There you have it. It looks like the Nintendo 64 Classic is nothing but a pipe dream, for now, trademarks be damned. I can’t say I was particularly excited for an N64 Classic. After all, the SNES is the greatest console ever made and cannot be topped. Still, it sucks for fans of the system, especially those who wanted to play Body Harvest again.
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