A new Nintendo trademark could be the biggest indication yet that an N64 Classic is on the way. Nostalgic gaming is all the rage at the moment and the long-held rumors of Nintendo reimagining the N64 finally seem to be turning into something.
As one of the best-selling consoles of all time, the N64 ruled the gaming charts of the '90s and was the home of classics like Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and GoldenEye 007. Although the N64 was discontinued in 2002, the console and its games have continued to be popular in retro gaming circles. The N64 has influenced Nintendo's current roster of titles with the likes of Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild paying homage to their N64 games.
According to TechSpot, a European Union Intellectual Property Office trademark has been “registered and published." Featuring a black and white image that features an N64 controller, the EUIPO image looks similar to the SNES controller that appeared on the box of the SNES Classic Edition. History could be repeating itself if the N64 Classic uses its iconic controller as the logo.
News of the N64 Classic started making the rounds in July 2017 when Nintendo filed a trademark application in Europe. This was followed by a Japanese trademark for the N64 earlier this year, leading to speculation that the '90s favorite is the next console to get the Classic Edition treatment. While some gamers are undoubtedly reaching for their wallets in anticipation of the N64 Classic, it's important to remember that the latest trademark doesn't expire until 2027.
Both the NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition were huge successes for Nintendo, so it makes sense that the house that Mario built continues to cash in on its most famous consoles. A miniature N64 would likely be a more streamlined version of its clunky predecessor, but expect the N64 Classic to keep the console's signature look and those famous controllers.
With the PlayStation Classic hitting shelves later this year, the competition between the gaming giants is heating up. Nintendo has nearly a decade to release the N64 Classic, but considering Nintendo's other Classic Editions arrived in late 2016 and 2017, the console could be going head-to-head with Sony's offering and making its way under the tree in time for this holiday season.