Nintendo's Fils-Aime on the lack of an N64 Classic this Holiday

  • Nintendo's Fils-Aime on the lack of an N64 Classic this Holiday

Nintendo's Fils-Aime on the lack of an N64 Classic this Holiday

For the past two holiday seasons, Nintendo has released mini variants of the NES and SNES consoles. Unfortunately, it appears that the answer is a resounding 'yes.' Speaking with Kotaku's Stephen Totilo in an interview this week, Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aimé revealed that there are now no plans to develop an N64 Classic Edition. Fils-Aime didn't say anything official in his interview with Kotaku, but what he did say certainly seems to suggest they will.

In this database, the Japanese brand brings out the jewels of the past as in the recent case of Gradius, and the truth is that the company desires to explore as much of the classic NES games as possible. Most fans assumed that after the NES Classic and SNES Classic, an N64 Classic wouldn't be far behind.

Nintendo even trademarked images that look an bad lot like the imagery used for the NES and Super NES Classic Edition consoles.

Both the NES and SNES Classic consoles served as bellwethers for the retro gaming revival that now trendy these days. One of the perks of signing up for a Switch Online subscription is access to a library of classic NES games that have been updated with online multiplayer in some cases.

At the moment, the $20 per year service only offers a growing, Netflix-like selection of Nintendo Entertainment System games.

Nintendo at this point doesn't have to make any more Classic consoles, especially that now they've fulfilled the "bridge".

"So while consumers may have been anticipating something, we view these as limited time opportunities. Like you, I look forward to playing Metroid through the Nintendo Switch Online service and we'll be continuing to release content that way". And now that's Nintendo's doing well again, the need for more Classic Edition consoles may no longer exist. Interestingly, he begins his response by talking about how the previous Classic systems were seen as ways to bridge the gap between Wii U and Switch, before reminding everyone of Nintendo Switch Online's retro capabilities.