Nintendo 64 Classic Isn't Coming Any Time Soon, According to Reggie

Doris Richards
November 18, 2018

Well, speaking to Kotaku in NY recently, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has responded to questions about a potential release.

Over the past two years, Nintendo has released the NES Classic and the SNES Classic, two miniature plug-and-play consoles that feature some of the best and most memorable games from each platform's respective history. "That was the very strategic reason we launched the NES Classic system". Fils-Aime said that these devices were created to help bridge Nintendo from the Wii U era to that of the Switch.

According to a recent interview, however, Nintendo of America COO Reggie Fils-Aime insists there are no such plans.

In an interview with Kotaku, Fils-Aime said that both retro consoles were viewed as "limited time opportunities" within Nintendo, suggesting that the company doesn't view the N64 Classic as an essential addition to its hardware lineup.


This is pretty disheartening for all of the people who grew up playing N64 classics like The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask, Diddy Kong Racing and the original Super Smash Brothers, but maybe, if Nintendo hears enough outcry, it will change its mind.

"So while consumers may have been anticipating something, we view these as limited time opportunities". After all, Sony was preparing to release its own PlayStation Classic in time for the 2018 holiday season - would Nintendo really let Sony brings its mini console to market unchallenged? "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". If we do eventually get an N64 Classic, then, it's probably at least a while off. Not so fast, says Reggie.

Kotaku: "Would you rule out an N64 Classic coming?" One thing's for sure: one way or another, Nintendo needs to make more of its classic games available this generation. Next up on the list for a classic style re-release would be the Nintendo 64, and though we've seen some rumors here and there, Nintendo hasn't officially announced the product.

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