Nintendo may be developing an N64 classic mini console

Production of an N64 Mini console has yet to be confirmed by Nintendo. (Source: Don't Feed the Gamers)
Production of an N64 Mini console has yet to be confirmed by Nintendo. (Source: Don't Feed the Gamers)
Nintendo has been spotted applying for a trademark for the N64 in Japan. This has led to further speculation that the Japanese company could be developing a smaller “classic” version of the renowned console. The original Nintendo 64 was released in 1996 and sold over 32 million units worldwide. It was discontinued in 2003.
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Nowadays, the gaming world might be all about Fortnite or PUBG, but there will be many that look back fondly on the days of GoldenEye 007 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and when the Nintendo 64 was one of the best consoles around. It may be possible Nintendo is planning on bringing back the beloved games machine in a mini classic form, à la NES Classic Edition and Super NES Classic Edition. The website Japanese Nintendo has displayed a trademark application made for the N64 that covers all aspects of the console, including the controller.

It is important to point out that Nintendo might just be updating the trademark for the N64 for intellectual property rights. But that won’t prevent many hopeful speculators believing it could be an introductory sign of an upcoming N64 mini console. The Nintendo Classic Edition (aka Nintendo Classic Mini) was released in 2016 and sold over 2.3 million units. The Super NES Classic Edition (aka SNES Mini) came out in 2017 and managed over 5 million sales. Some will argue it makes sense for Nintendo to push out an N64 Mini console in 2018 and reap the benefits of the millions of sales it would likely generate.

However, even if the rumors become true, Nintendo may face an uphill battle in regard to game licenses. Although The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was developed and published by Nintendo, that other challenger for the title of greatest video game ever made, GoldenEye 007, was developed by Rare, which is now a subsidiary of Microsoft. Perhaps a Game Boy Mini is more likely?


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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-05-24 (Update: 2020-09-30)
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.