Nintendo has found great success with its Classic console lineup, selling over 10 million combined NES and SNES Classic Edition consoles. To many, following them up with an N64 Classic seems like it would be a no-brainer, and Nintendo has even filed trademarks related to Nintendo 64 in recent months. Is an announcement on the way? Not so fast, says Reggie.
Speaking in an interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime explained that the NES and SNES Classic consoles served to boost sales in the transition period from Wii U to Switch. Now that Switch is out, Nintendo plans to shift focus to Nintendo Switch Online, which currently offers a digital library that only contains NES games. Does that mean Nintendo 64 games will come to Nintendo Switch Online in time? Reggie didn't go into detail. And while he wouldn't rule it out completely, Reggie says there are no plans for an N64 Classic.
Reggie: "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. That was the very strategic reason we launched the NES Classic system.
"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."
Kotaku: "Would you rule out an N64 Classic coming?"
Reggie: "I would not ever rule something out, but what I can tell you is certainly that's not in our planning horizon."
It looks like those hoping for an N64 Classic will have to let those dreams go, at least for now. That said, if Nintendo went back on this, it wouldn't be the first time they denied in-development hardware only to reveal it months later. One thing's for sure: one way or another, Nintendo needs to make more of its classic games available this generation.