The latest rumor concerning Nintendo suggests that a Nintendo 64 Classic console is in-development. With the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic console now officially set to become available for purchasing starting in September, fans of retro gaming (the Nintendo variety, in particular) have a lot to be excited for already.
Boasting an impressive catalog of 20 classic SNES titles - in addition to the previously-unreleased Star Fox 2 - the SNES Classic will hopefully serve as a more crowd-pleasing followup to the Nintendo Entertainment System Classic console from last year. And while the debate over which SNES games should have been included on the SNES Classic continues, it would appear that a Nintendo 64 Classic may soon be on the way, too.
According to Polygon, Nintendo recently filed four graphical trademarks with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The graphics in question depict 2D representations of a Nintendo console or controller - notably including the NES, SNES, and Nintendo Switch - in addition to the Nintendo 64 controller (see below).
Thus far, the packaging for the NES Classic and SNES Classic have both used the graphical depictions included in the filed trademarks, leading some to wonder whether a Nintendo 64 Classic is on its way. Granted, trademarks can be filed at any time for reasons far divorced from actually producing the products in question, though it's exciting to note that the Nintendo 64 is still a trademark that the company is intent on protecting.
Given the fact that the NES Classic was released with a very specific set of problems - namely, short cords and an underproduced amount of consoles upon release - the Nintendo 64 Classic would have a few hurdles to surpass. Pending the release of the SNES Classic, it will be interesting how Nintendo chooses to further develop its Classics consoles series. To wit, here's to hoping that wireless controllers and a retooled Nintendo 64 controller may be in everyone's future.
As far as which games might be included on a Nintendo 64 Classic - GoldenEye 007, Super Mario 64, Super Smash Bros., Banjo Kazooie, and Perfect Dark come to mind - this recent development will likely begin to gain traction as word spreads of the trademark filing. Here's to hoping that the SNES Classic corrects some of the issues that plagued the NES Classic, and Nintendo's trademark filings will herald the return of the Nintendo 64 in some shape or form.
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