Nintendo Co. Ltd has recently applied for a Nintendo 64 trademark in Japan, leading many to believe that the announcement of the long-rumoured N64 Classic is on the way.
Nintendo has been able to turn NES and SNES Classic Editions into worldwide phenomenons, with the latter’s larger production run and consistent sales proving that there are a lot of gamers willing to pay a hefty price for nostalgia, as long as it is in an accessible and convenient form.
As long as the SNES Classic has been a confirmed product, the rumour of the Nintendo 64 Classic has been going strong. Rumours have been running rampant that Nintendo are planning to release mini versions of all their classic devices, however, the company has remained suspiciously silent on their next move, instead focusing largely on the Switch, which put the company back into the console race.
This trademark filing, first reported by Japanese Nintendo, for Nintendo 64 covers many elements, including “video game program, controller for game machine, joystick for game machine, TV game machine” and more. However, this isn’t the first time Nintendo has filed for trademarks suggesting a N64 Classic is on the way, as the company also submitted a similar claim in Europe back in 2017. The graphics from that claim included NES and SNES controller designs, were eventually used in the Classic systems that Nintendo has already released, and combined with a new Japanese trademark filing, it seems that we may be on the verge of another major Nintendo Classic device.
Although there are certain things that suggest that the Nintendo 64 Classic isn’t a sure thing, as the company also applied for a trademark related to the Game Boy in 2017, and we haven’t seen a Game Boy Classic since. Still, with a trademark filing in two separate regions in a year, and the incredible success of the NES and SNES Classic systems, it seems only a matter of time before another classic console is released.
Stay tuned for more.