Reggie Fils-Aime says Nintendo isn't planning a Nintendo 64 Classic

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 18, 2018

We should also remember that one of the saddest news of the week came from the same Fils-Aime who announced Nintendo's refusal to work on a mini version of Nintendo 64, as had been done with the NES or SNES consoles.

"What I can tell you is certainly that's not in our planning horizon", says Fils-Aime.

When the NES Classic Edition launched everyone was talking about Nintendo again.

Nintendo created the NES and SNES for the classic editions, and this means that making an outdated controller more modern is not a viable choice at the moment.

If the N64 Classic Mini ever comes, what games would you like featured?

Both the NES and SNES Classic consoles served as bellwethers for the retro gaming revival that now trendy these days.

Reggie Fils-Aime, the president of Nintendo of America, referred to the emblematic and massive video game conference as an excellent opportunity for the company he heads to present new games with the big N's fans.

Because of this, Nintendo doesn't necessarily need to continue making these Classic consoles since they are now fully entrenched in the Switch's life cycle. According to him, the launches of the NES Classic and SNES Classic had a strategic goal beyond just taking advantage of nostalgia, as they were meant to "bridge from the conclusion of Wii U as a hardware system to the launch of Nintendo Switch". The Wii U was essentially dead in the water at that point, while Nintendo was still about five months away from launching its successor, the Switch. Fils-Aime did say that Nintendo is aware that consumers want access to classic content, which he notes is something that will "happen more and more with the subscription service". However, they seem to be confusing on the Switch now more than releasing classic consoles as they're "limited time opportunities". We'll see how Nintendo continues with this trend moving forward over the next year. One thing's for sure: one way or another, Nintendo needs to make more of its classic games available this generation.

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