There’s something that needs to be said. The pieces I write for this site are mostly opinion pieces. That means I can say things of my own opinion. Facts can change. I might not get every single thing right about what a company is up to. Heck, I might not even know the full extent of a system’s capabilities.
But these are opinion pieces and based on what I know. And if you have issues with any of that, websites are easy enough to make, and everyone has a YouTube channel nowadays. You can freely post your own takes on what goes on in the gaming world.
Bad News For Your Nostalgia
The reason I start this piece so reflectively is because the rumor mill is strong, especially when it comes to Nintendo. And things are changing. A lot. First it seemed likely that a Nintendo 64 Classic was going to be announced soon. Then it seemed liked it was going to be announced but without any Rare titles at all (which makes sense). But now, in an interview with Kotaku, president of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime claims that we shouldn’t expect the Nintendo 64 Classic any time soon.
The Reasons For No Nintendo 64 Classic
According to Reggie, the original Classic systems were strategically released to give fans something to hold them over as people made the transition from the Wii U to the Switch. What this means for us as gamers is the following: Now that the holiday season is upon us, Nintendo wants you to switch our focus to the Switch. They want us to buy Pokémon: Let’s Go, Smash Bros Ultimate, and so much more.
They also want us to buy Nintendo’s Online Service. The online service that Reggie even acknowledges isn’t even the full Nintendo Entertainment System library. This is what Nintendo chooses to focus on instead of a Nintendo 64 Classic. I’m not here to say whether this is a good or bad thing. It is just reality. As Reggie stated in the interview:
“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.”
What this looks like to me is that we will probably see more and more NES games put into the Online Subscription Service. Then someday down the road we will see some SNES and maybe some Nintendo 64 titles. This is, of course, just a guess.
Fact Or Fiction?
But then the question can be raised, ‘Is Reggie even telling the truth?’ The possibility exists that he could simply be stretching the truth to keep the surprise. But with how specific he was with his explanation a lie seems doubtful.
It also makes a lot of sense. It would be foolish for Nintendo to distract players from their own products. Why buy yourself an expensive Switch when a Nintendo 64 mini is only 100 dollars in this imaginary scenario?
The truth is that the reason why Nintendo kept the 3DS around for as long as they did, is because it was the easier product of the two for parents to buy more than one per household. Now that hype has died down for the system itself, the Switch is growing slowly but surely. And the holidays promise big return on Nintendo’s investment in the Switch. As for the Nintendo 64 Classic, we’ll just have to wait.
But what do you think? How long do we have to wait for a Nintendo 64 Classic? Do you even want one? Let us know in the comments below!
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I’ve been writing almost as long as I’ve been playing video games. I also do standup and improv. The game that made me realize that video games could be more than just a toy, was Metal Gear Solid 2.