With the NES and SNES Classic Editions proving to be commercially successful, it's almost inevitable that Nintendo will produce another 'recooked' version of one of its vintage platforms. Given that Nintendo Co., Ltd. has just applied for an N64 trademark in Japan, one might assume that the 64-bit console - home to iconic games such as Super Mario 64, GoldenEye 007 and Banjo-Kazooie - is next.
The trademark covers elements such as "video game program, controller for game machine, joystick for video game machine, TV game machine" and more. If you can read Japanese, the full application is below.
Before we get too excited, it's worth noting that Nintendo applied for a trademark relating to the Game Boy last year, sparking rumours that the popular handheld would be next - but we've yet to see a Game Boy Classic Edition appear.
In fact, this isn't even the first time that the N64 trademark has been renewed - a similar filing took place in Europe last year. Do you think we'll see it soon, or are these trademarks just a case of Nintendo protecting its history? Let us know with a comment.
Too bad many of the best N64 games were made by Rare. It's very unlikely those titles will be on a N64-Mini... except for DK64 of course.
And you’ll never see one in a store.
Would buy. Sadly, many of my favorite N64 games are unlikely to appear... anything Rare, Rogue Squadron, and Beetle Adventure Racing. Please tell me other people remember this game. It was so good for it’s time and I loved the multiple paths, shortcuts, and secret areas with each track. And Rogue Squadron... I don’t even like Star Wars but this is the best flying game I’ve played aside from StarFox 64. I miss these games very much.
GameCube Mini is the one I’d lose my mind over. I really want mini bongos and Jungle Beat/Konga included.
Yeah they have to keep these trademarks renewed or others can start using them. Unfortunately that's likely all this is :/
“...home to iconic games such as Super Mario 64, GoldenEye 007 and Banjo-Kazooie“
Yeah, let's list two of the most demanded and least likely games.
With NES coming back next month, and SNES demand seemingly met and surpassed, I could see an N64 Classic coming late summer/ holiday 2018. It'd probably only have 15 games, but that's enough to cover most of the highly sought-after games.
I'm just wondering how controllers would be handled... 2 packed in, buy extra? Or just one? I find it hard to believe that they'd make it hard/ impossible to play 4 player games/ modes.
In this case I wouldn’t be surprised it not every file trademark means anything
Maybe it's for N64 games on Switch?
I pretty much guarantee that 2018 will not see a N64 Classic. If Nintendo is putting the NES Classic back into production, and producing both that and the SNES Mini....well, Nintendo only has so many resources to work with.
Also, there's the controllers themselves. It's not like they would package it with four controllers, and how much would the controllers themselves cost?
The NES/SNES Classics both had a decent selection of first AND third party games. With the N64, they would have no choice but to make it strictly first-party. If they were going for 100% authenticity (utilizing the exact code from the original games), what would become of games like Wave Race, that had sponsorships all over the place?
And, unlike the previous iterations, the N64 has held up so poorly! A few of the games (Zelda, Mario, Mario Party, and Kart) are still fun, though flawed, but several others have not stood the test of time! Even Ocarina and Mario, great as they were, are products of their time.
A Nintendo 64 Classic Mini wont be that special without Rare Ware games included. No Killer Instinct, No Golden Eye, No Banjo is kinda a tough sell.
Going to say the same thing I just said on Twitter, Without Rare games the system just won't be as great as it could be.
Rare had a big hand in making the system what it was. Without them I don't think we look back so fondly.
It would only be logical that the 64 would be next! The success of the first 2 minis obviously cannot Be ignored!!
I'd much rather see a Game Boy classic release as opposed to an N64 one. The N64s graphics are just too muddy for my eyes. Plus, with SNES costing $80 I am sure an N64 classic would be over $100 and I just couldn't see spending the money.
As much as I would want this, I think now we are at a point where if you want these games on Switch, it may be an idea not to buy this. As it seems based on some of the things I have seen that Nintendo are assuming people would rather play games on a dedicated mini console, rather than on Switch.
At least that is the impression I'm getting...
@BanjoPickles while all companies regardless of size have limited resources, Nintendo has what? 10-15 billion cash in the bank? Makes me feel that they can handle it If hits this year no? I would think...holding off till 2019 for strategic reasons however is another matter. Whatever they do I hope it doesn’t deny all these Nintendo classics coming to the Switch...or NOT coming...that would be bad imo!
@Spoony_Tech Agree most of my memories of the N64 are playing GoldenEye, Killer Instinct Gold and of course Mario kart 64 with my friends. Definitely without GoldenEye that system has no meaning for me.
Stop ruining it Nintendo, and just bring out Virtual Console, you will make a lot more money that way
If any mini console needed a hack to add extra games it would be this mainly to play the games you actually want to play.
Now this I will buy. The thought of owning a brand new N64 controller is too enticing.
@thesilverbrick Nintendo corrected this problem with the SNES Mini. If you wanted one, you could have gotten one. Stores received a number of shipments and still do.
I do not believe there will ever be an N64 classic. That being said, I would totally buy one, even if it was only 1st party games. You'd still have Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Waverace 64, Donkey Kong 64, LoZ Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Mario Party 1, 2, and 3, and Starfox 64.
If they could get some Midway games like Cruisn USA, Rampage World Tour, NFL Blitz, Gauntlet Legends, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Disney/Factor 5's Star Wars Rogue Squadron, Natsume's Harvest Moon 64 it'd be even better.
If they could work something out with Microsoft (we're already livin the dream, keep goin) we'd get Perfect Dark, Banjo Kazooie and Tooie, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Diddy Kong Racing, Killer Instinct Gold and Jet Force Gemini.
If you got Microsoft, ya might as well pick up the 007 Goldeneye rights from MGM or whoever owns em and round out that ultimate collection.
Long story short: Won't happen, but they can't take our dreams.
@ZeoVGM I eventually got the SNES mini, but only after weeks of calling around to various stores and eventually getting lucky. Still haven’t seen one sitting on a store shelf, and it released nine months ago. That’s terrible. You should be able to walk into a store and buy a product, not chase it around for weeks and eventually find one.
To those saying rare games won't be on the N64 what about donkey Kong country? I am pretty sure that Nintendo could still get the rights if it wasn't modified from its original n64 state. Even if they did I am guessing Microsoft probably wouldn't care if Nintendo asked nicely.
Gamecube mini is a day-1 for me. I didn't bother with the snes or nes because I've already paid out for most of the games I want on the Wii U VC, and don't play them enough to justify buying them again. Odds are it'll be the same for this if/when it comes around, but Gamecube mini has become essential due to Nintendo's refusal to otherwise cash in on some of its classic titles.
@starman292 Difference is, while Rare developed Donkey Kong games, that IP always belonged to Nintendo. Even after Rare left, Nintendo maintained all publishing rights to Donkey Kong games. This is not the case with Rare-owned IPs, like Banjo-Kazooie or Perfect Dark.
Well let’s hope the Gameboy classic gets released too, that’s if the N64 mini gets released.
If they released an N64 classic and it only had GoldenEye on it, I'd still buy it.
@thesilverbrick There were SNES Minis at my local Target just this past weekend. They drastically improved stock for this over the NES Mini and that isn't really arguable. Stores received -multiple- shipments. That doesn't mean they won't sell out. And yes, it might take a few weeks. You'll be fine. That's not remotely the same situation as the NES Mini.
@Tasuki What's odd is I much prefer Diddy Kong Racing and Banjo Kazooie over Kart 64 and Mario 64. If that Rare that made those legendary games made a gaming system I would've been there day one.
Fingers crossed there's an N64 Classic console released this year!! I hope Nintendo is able to work out something with Microsoft to make sure Rare N64 games are included.
Virtual Boy mini or bust.
Not that excited, n64 games have really not aged well, unlike the pixel art of the snes. Both Zelda's on it look like muddy pea soup, especially compared to the 3ds remakes.
Rare not being at the party aside, early 3D didn't really age well...
@ZeoVGM Improving over the NES mini isn’t exactly anything to brag about. It’s just bad business to release a product that doesn’t readily show up on store shelves until nine months later. The SNES mini was still underproduced, even if there were more units than the NES mini.
Microsoft and Nintendo have shown to be able to play nice together. The only thing I can see being a sticking point is how much of a cut MS gets from an arrangement. I believe if Nintendo feels it can score big on selling a N64 Classic, they will compensate MS for whatever is reasonable for both
The trademark filing may mean nothing, but it's still fun to speculate, right? The chance that this may release is the sole reason why I currently have only two N64 VC entries on my Wii U (Pokemon Snap and Mario 64).
Also, while the chances are slim, perhaps Nintendo will work something out with Microsoft? (Okay, almost none, but one can hope.... )
Thats is one I mightve actually be interested in ... only because my N64 romset doesnt have a decent emulator on any of my hacked consoles. WiiU is probably best and even thats pretty iffy. BUT ... NO RARE would be an absolute dealbreaker!!
@JohnnyC same for me. I loved my n64 and played it a lot, it just makes me long for a GameCube mini though
I need this in my life. I still own my original N64, games, and controllers, but I don't own or have room for an older TV to display the games properly, so i'd jump at the chance to get the N64 Mini... and if it's hackable... well... Nintendo isn't providing me with a way to rebuy my N64 collection on the Switch so...
@Spoony_Tech maybe they will translate the less features Animal Crossing N64 version.
I have a lot of trouble understanding why people think an N64 classic mini might happen, which is to say nothing about those who think it is inevitable. The logistics are damning. Manufacturing and shipping with a single N64 controller already puts this in a higher price tier than the SNES mini given the size and the inclusion of a joystick (rumble would also be missing from the games that made it famous [Star fox 64 with no rumble!?!?] unless they added another price bump). The first party library (which is already more limited than the NES or SNES) is dominated by explicitly multiplayer games, and games like Pokemon Stadium and Mario Tennis/Golf would be missing features (Transfer pak functionality) making the controller issue worse. We know that Nintendo values their N64 library more than their 8 and 16-bit libraries based on virtual console prices alone. Rare holds the rights to many of the most desired games... That this couldn't reasonably happen for under $120-150 points towards it likely not happening to me. I may be wrong, and I look forward to you fine people pointing out what I'm missing!
@gatorboi352 don’t worry the stick would be authentically wonky after about an hour of playing.
Just give us the 64 classic and we’ll put the games 😉
@StuTwo no! no Mario Party for me!
What I wouldn’t give for conkers bad fur day and goldeneye to be in this...
In another recent article about a N64 classic edition, I remember somebody mentioning the N64 games not aging well. Having played Star Fox 64 last year, for the first time since the 90's, I'll have to agree. What once seemed so exciting, twenty years ago, now felt barren and slow.
Going through my collection of 64 games, I realized, only the 2D games held up well. Oh, and Mario 64. Which is still my favorite game, ever.
But, I'm sure this will sell just as well as the other mini systems.
@justin233 Ah yes, "Rouge" Squadron. A true classic, and what a jolly good game it was...
That GameCube sequel was even more fun...
To people saying without Rare games there is no point: this is true. But loading roms on these devices is not difficult.
Not sold on this one... Early 3D games just don’t age well, and I would like to see anyone come up with a list of at least 20 true classic games that anyone would like. The NES and SNES were spoilt for choice - the N64 not so much sadly.
Probably in the minority, but I have no interest in any more mini consoles. I have the NES & SNES mini & that’s all I ever need. Sega, Neo Geo, N64, etc can have 1 extra console for someone else who would love them more than I.
@outsider83 I just got SF64 this year after having only rented it back in the 90s. I completely disagree.
Funny, I was going to post the same thing - I just saw a bunch of the SNES minis at a Target two days ago. So I assumed demand had been met. I still didn't have any interest in getting one, though. For one thing, it doesn't have my all-time favorite game, Chrono Trigger. And for another, I don't particularly care about many of the games on it, and I prefer to just buy individual games that I do want on the eshop. But I certainly hope they manage to keep up with demand for these things in the future, so that the people who do want them can get them without too much trouble.
@justin233 I totally loved BAR! And the police car was so cool! I have never seen the same genius track design in any other racing game.
This trademark probably means nothing other than renewing their monopoly on the involved copyrights, so I wouldn't be expecting anything to come of this, and especially not this year.
Even if it IS for an N64 Mini, then that's not going to be released in 2018. Like some others have already said, Nintendo is quite busy with re-releasing the NES Mini, continuing to make SNES Minis, and then there's obviously their main area of attention, the Switch.
So, all these factors combined, make it highly unlikely that this Mini, if it is even going to become a reality, is going to be released that soon.
But having said that, I certainly wouldn't mind, and even without Rare's titles, there will be more than enough games left, although personally, I'm actually not going to be surprised at all if Microsoft and Nintendo strike a deal over this. They've been cooperative multiple times before, both on the GBA and on the DS, so I see no reason why this couldn't happen, or at least not any insurmountable hurdles that will prevent this from ever happening...
And sure, those graphics have certainly aged worse than those from earlier consoles, but some of the things I've read here in the comments section, border on the ridiculous or insane.
The games themselves are still perfectly playable and entertaining enough to warrant giving them another go. Once you're playing for a couple of minutes, and let go of the microscopic view of all that's happening (or not happening) on the screen and just get yourself in the game, you won't even notice anymore, or at the very least, you'll notice it less.
A classic is a classic, and remains a classic, no matter how many years will pass. And having played most of these games more than enough over the years, courtesy of a soft modded Wii, I can definitely say that these graphics, as seen over either component or HDMI cables, are anything but horrible.
I would personally call them simple, or worst case scenario: somewhat crude, but the water and snow effects in Wave Race and 1080 Snowboarding for example, still hold up to this day, as do the physics.
And there are some other games, amongst which at the very least a dozen, who also make use of the expansion pack to "up" the graphics to high res, and those will also still look decent enough, as long as you can (temporarily) get your head out of the 4K era...
The 3D graphics can be a little jarring for a few minutes of initial play time, but after that, everything settles in and games look fine to me. Some games look great. The THQ rasslin games look and play better than WWE 2K18.
@ThanosReXXX Lol - this isn’t the first time I’ve made that typo.
@justin233 Wouldn't worry about it too much. And the fact that this meme even exists, is enough evidence that you're far from the only one who makes that tiny mistake...
Those are the kinds of things that make us human. As was me not being able to resist the temptation of having a bit of fun with it...
@ThanosReXXX - Ack, I parroted you. Apologies. You must have posted while I was typing.
Well, if the SNES Mini taught us anything, its to expect the unexpected. None of us thought Starfox 2 would show up on that after all.
It might be a pain to do, but maybe Nintendo could somehow license Goldeneye? Tricky but not impossible. As for other surprises, maybe Pokemon Stadium 1+2 with functionality with the 3DS VC games maybe?
@bimmy-lee Not offended at ALL. So, no apologies needed, my friend.
I still have my n64 and my collection of games but for those that don't this could be great for them if it is indeed connected to a n64 mini
I wonder how would the gaming world react if an N64 Classic is announced, and somehow it includes Goldeneye.... it would probably be impossible to buy one for less then $300.
I do wonder if this DOES point to an N64 Mini, if it would hold any surprises such as the SNES Mini did. There actually were a couple of never released beta games, so who knows...
I haven't bought a classic console get but this would be a day 1 purchase 👌
@ThanosReXXX - Thanks. I’ll consider it a counterbalance to the 40 some posts which state 3D graphics haven’t aged well. Rare ware would be sweet, but just last week someone came up with a nice list of first party games that could constitute the lineup for a N64 Classic. As for surprises, I can think of an unreleased demo that would make this thing fly off shelves.
I can see some Rare titles happening. Probably not Goldeneye (licensing) but maybe Perfect Dark, 1 of the Banjo games (they’ll want variety rather than overloading with every 3D platformer, and Conker would force the whole console’s age rating up), Diddy Kong Racing, and either Jet Force Gemini or Blast Corps.
Microsoft seem more amenable to working together these days. As has been said before, they were happy for Rare to work on GBA and DS games as they had no handheld to rival them. An N64 Mini wouldn’t really be in competition with the Xbox, the closest comparison would be with the Rare Replay compilation - which is considerably cheaper, by now past its’ sales prime and likely to get a boost from this kind of cross-marketing for these and the rest of Rare’s back catalogue.
I actually see it as a win-win for Microsoft/Rare, and a good set of headlines for Nintendo too - so long as they can see past the potential of “free” advertising for Rare Replay on one of the Switch’s rivals.
And then give us Banjo in Smash, yeah?
If they do happen to release the N64 mini, which I am 100% certain it will happen sooner or later, they have at least one guaranteed purchase from me. Well, as long as they have a catalogue beyond Mario, Zelda, or Donkey Kong. I want to see Gex, Buck Bumble, and maybe one of the classic wrestling games. Even if those games aren't feasible, I want stuff like that. Otherwise I couldn't possibly warrant a purchase.
@bimmy-lee I actually also made a list, a bit longer ago, the first time that a possible N64 Mini was discussed here in an article, and if I remember correctly, I came up with well over 20 games, even without all the Rare titles.
As for that demo: which one were you thinking about? I was thinking more along the lines of actually completed games that were simply never released, such as 40 Winks and the like.
I would definitely pick this up just for the novalty value and an N64 controller that plugs into a Wiimote.
Issues I have is buying 3 extra controllers, playing 4 player having 4 controller leads across the floor, and the Controller leads will probably be too short like the last Minis (I bought controller extension leads for the SNES and NES), also lack of Rare games - maybe Nintendo will surprise us like with Starfox 2.
EDIT. Please add Pilot Wings 64
Does anyone know if it’s easy to do a board swap with an N64 controller? One of the best things with the NES and SNES mini is that you can swap the board out of the controllers and replace with one from an original controller. If you clean the original board, then you basically have a brand new controller for your original NES and SNES! The SNES wasn’t quite as good as the new controller had different plastic, but still great. No idea if it will be possible with the N64 analogue stick? This is of course assuming they make the new controllers for this the same as the original ones and they’re compatible.
An N64 Classic without Conker, Banjo, Diddy Kong Racing, Perfect Dark, or Golden Eye is really no N64 Classic at all. So even if this is real, It definitely wont be worth owning unfortunately
They never should have sold Rare and we wouldn't be having these discussions about likely missing games now. Nintendo kept hold of Retro and Monolith, and I think most people would be hard pressed to say they are better studios.
Since an N64 Mini is pointless given many of its best games are either Rare or Third-Party, I have a suggestion for Nintendo.
Skip an N64 mini and make a Gamecube mini.
You what I would rather have? All of these games on a nice Switch cartridge. Sell em for 60 bucks. Whatever. I don't want another mini console.
@ThanosReXXX - Plenty of first party titles to make up this mini. Like you mentioned though, it’s certainly not impossible for it to launch with some Rare games. I’d love a crack at 40 Winks.
I was thinking of the Earthbound 64 demo that was only playable for a day or so at a trade show in 1999. It eventually became Mother 3 on the GBA, but it started out life as a 64DD title, then moved to the 64 after the DD flopped in Japan.
Edit - I do think there will be something really cool, and never before commercially available included on the console if it launches.
I'm not going to say it's impossible but I think there are too many hurdles for a N64 Classic to work. There are still plenty of games outside of the third party ones but would it be a worthy "classic" without those games? I would say no.
An N64 mini would be a dream for me! As others have already pointed out, a deal between Microsoft and Nintendo isn’t unthinkable. Even Without the Rare games there are more than enough games for me (though they would be very welcome.)
The graphics do not bother me one bit. As @ThanosReXXX mentioned, they are really not as bad as people think. I actually like the N64 graphics and the nostalgia they bring to me. Gameplay and story are more important to me.
I also think that part of the allure of these mini consoles is the form itself. I would much rather have a miniaturised version of a console than a disc or digital bundle of them.
Yes, it will be harder to make than the other mini’s, but as shown with the other mini consoles there is a huge demand for them. It makes sense to me, considering Nintendo will not be continuing with the virtual console.
@ClassSonicSatAm one can dream...
I would love a n64 controller I could use on the wii. I loved the trident. (It was more comfortable than the gamecube standard controller for me)
Its gonna depend on the games available for it. I loved the N64, it was the first console my brother and I saved enough to purchase. Ive played a lot of the games that would likely be included in an N64 pack, so there’s less incentive unlike something like the SNES classic where I’ve played only 1 out of the 21 games on there
Gotta say I am with you on that one. A new N64 controller is a very very cool prospect.
@bimmy-lee Ah, yes. That one. I remember the trailer. It certainly did cause something of a stir back then...
@Turrican280 Completely agreed. And just imagine what it would mean: the hardware would for sure need to be more powerful than the current Minis, because although the SNES Mini actually can run a number of N64 games once it is hacked, the emulation certainly isn't spot on, and even bad at times, so they would need to address that.
And having a Mini that is more powerful, automatically also means that it can also be used to emulate other systems that can't be done yet with the current Minis.
Now that is interesting, I never knew that the other mini’s could play N64 games!
Also looking at your earlier comment about your list of 20 games for the N64 mini. I just had a look at all the games I would love on a mini, which don’t include Rare game and the list is really awesome! I think there are actaully too many that I’d want on it to fit onto it! 😄
It’s ironic how the best N64 games were made by Rare, and are now properties of Microsoft. Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Banjo-Kazooie and Tooie, Perfect Dark, Goldeneye 007 (this one’s on MGM), Jet Force Gemini.
Not saying they won’t have games to put in it, but the selection will be a lot weaker than SNES and NES classic editions. A real shame.
@Iconorobin which is ironically the weakest Rare game on N64...
With the success of the NES and SNES mini consoles an N64 mini is obviously the next logical step.
Sadly I think I'd probably skip this one if I'm honest. I've played Mario 64 and Mario kart 64 to death via the virtual console so so real desire to buy one as they were my main go to N64 games.
The only game that would make me change my mind would be if it came with Diddy Kong Racing but sadly due to licencing issues I can't see that happening. (never say never of course)
If and when a Game Cube mini comes out I would be all over that as game cube games have never had the virtual console treatment and without firing up an old gamecube or mk1 Wii it's impossible to play the games.
@Turrican280 Oh, they can emulate quite a few systems actually. The SNES Mini does it slightly better, although not by that much, which probably has to do with a somewhat newer PCB or perhaps a bit more memory, which actually makes me wonder if the new shipment of NES Minis that is about to arrive soon will also have the same insides as the SNES Mini.
In any case, if you're really interested in the entire what's what of all that is possible with the Minis, have a look here:
I'd prefer a Gameboy with Gameboy and Gameboy Color games loaded in that's rechargeable and back-lit. I love Nintendo, but am not interested in N64.
@gatorboi352 Who are you and what have you done with Gatorboi?
An N64 mini's controller will likely be bigger than the system lol! And if 4 people can huddle in... dude, we're gonna need some longer cords... XD
That’s pretty cool. Makes sense about the inards being the same for Nes and Snes.
I like the look of that topic. See you on there!
@ThanosReXXX I suppose the SNES Mini falls under the category of ''current gen hardware''. I've removed the links in your post for now. I'll ask Ant about it what's his stance on it is. If it's fine, I'll add them back in!
@Octane Would have been nice if you'd at least have left the titles of the videos (the ones in bold), though. Those weren't links, and now almost half of my comment makes no sense anymore. I did take note of the site rules before posting them, and I have also posted these very same videos multiple times before, without any problems or warnings by mods, so I hope my post in that forum topic will be restored to it's former glory...
Having said that: no offense taken, I understand you're just trying to do the right thing.
I don't think many of these N64 games will hold up particularly well visually and graphically but the console and controller still look sweet as hell imo, and I'd def like to see a mini version.
@ThanosReXXX That part should be back now! Ant mentioned it was fine. I've left the paragraph about where to find the ROMs out though.
We've received quite a lot of reports about that post of yours lol.
Four controller ports and hacked to play other 64 games and I'm in.
Why’s everyone acting like you couldn’t just put the Rare and Lucasarts games you want onto the system?
Wow here we go again
NES CLASSIC MINI Pre-Orders OPEN at SMYTHS TOYS UK:
It'd be cool if they had Pokemon Stadium 1 and 2 and retained the connectivity with the Game Boy games - maybe video the VC games on 3DS?
I mean, yeah, I SERIOUSLY doubt it. But I can dream! If it DID have that connection, I'd buy it in a heartbeat! But without it, the stadium games are really hard to enjoy. All those rental Pokemon hard weak to unusable movesets!
I believe that Nintendo and Microsoft will work out some kind of profit-sharing (or simple up-front payment) to allow key Rare titles on the N64 Classic. It's not a threat to Microsoft and would in fact earn it some goodwill. I'm sure that many at Microsoft also grew up playing Rare games on Nintendo hardware, so there's a nostalgia factor there as well.
Simply put, it's a business decision. Microsoft has one price and Nintendo has theirs. If they can coordinate, and they can get the licensing rights for a version of Goldeneye from the Broccolis, I can't see any reason why Rare titles couldn't appear in a N64 Classic.
@Trajan I understand. After I hit the reply button, I realized that my opinion on Mario 64 has a lot to do with the nostalgia of playing it back when it came out. That game presented a lot of first for me, when it comes to gaming.
@frogopus I second this fantastic statement.
Yes, a N64 Classic only makes sense at this point. I know I would buy one.
@Octane Thank you very much. Also good for me to once again know for certain what's allowed and what's not. Would appreciate a heads up in the future, if ever I might accidentally screw up again, though:
I'd rather edit the comment myself, so that I can still maintain the coherence that I intended for my comment, but also reconstruct it in accordance with the site rules, instead of me having to guess what the heck I typed there in the first place because it's all removed now. Sometimes all that is needed, is a bit of nuance and/or rephrasing...
On a side note: I do kinda feel like I'm walking around with a lot of knifes in my back now. Me, I'm more of a "straight in your face" kinda type, so if I would have a problem with what another user says or does, I would first try to discuss or address that in a civil manner, so I would never secretly report anyone without mentioning it to the person himself first.
After all, you may never know: I'm always open to suggestions, so someone else's view or comment might even inspire me to edit my own comment voluntarily without it having to be cut up by a mod. Sounds like a WAY more decent thing to do, to me personally.
Oh well, people and the internet, I guess...
Another pointless novelty item. I want to be able to purchase N64 games on my Switch, Nintendo. Guess that's too much to ask for. shakes head
I just want to be able to buy old nintendo games on the Switch already ;_;
@ThanosReXXX - An approach from the front is easy to respect. Any other angle? Impossible.
@WaveBoy - Interesting. I play my original hardware on CRTs, and I’ve been happy with my SNES Classic. I felt the lag in VC roms though.
Edit - Maybe I’d feel it if I got my paws on a NES Classic. I know most of those games inside and out.
I loved my N64......but the games are very ugly now in comparison to the 8 & 16 bit pixel art. Plus most of my favorite games were 3rd party or Rare so I'm not sure I'd pick this up if it ever exists. It would depend on the games I guess. I'd rather see remake collection(s) on my Switch.
@justin233 Beetle Adventure Racing or as I liked to call it, BAR, was one of my all time favorite racing games. Coventry Cove’s music I’ll never forget.
Rogue Squadron too, even better if they included Shadows of the Empire! I’d love San Francisco Rush, Xtreme G, Castlevania! Quest 64! Mystical Ninja 64! OH MAN... getting waaaayyy too excited... I think you and I have similar taste in N64 games.
@WaveBoy - Switching it up on the fly from Dolph to JCVD. Maybe Lincoln Hawk next? I have the least amount of experience with SNES & GC as far as Nintendo consoles are concerned, and I’ve only played the SNES games on the Classic I never played. I’m original hardware on proper tube TVs all the way. Have a stash of CRTs from when people were just giving them away. Two frames will get you thrashed in a lot of games though. Gotta ask if you watched Jean Claude Van Johnson on Prime? It’s brilliant in my opinion.
I really don't get why people want to buy more boxes to plug into their TV???
And for N64 specifically, I'd have thought buying a second-hand N64 with the games you actually want is a better solution - it's not that they're that Rare...
Mario Kart 64
Donkey Kong 64
Ocarina of time
Wave race 64
Doctor Mario 64
Star Fox 64
Super smash brothers
....yeah I’m sure they could sell a few.
Somehow throw in goldeneye you wouldn’t be able to find one.
If N64 Mini becomes reality, it’d be great if it had a slot for your own cartridges like the recent Genesis classic rereleases. That would be a great way to allow the Rare/3rd party games to be played while bypassing licensing and financial roadblocks. An N64 mini without any Rare games or the few great 3rd party games (e.g. AKI wrestling games, Star Wars) would kinda feel hollow.
I highly doubt it would happen though.
Considering 3rd parties were on the other two systems, I’m sure Nintendo could work a deal with Microsoft for the N64 rare titles. They’ve worked together before and Phil Spencer loves Nintendo and has begged Sakurai to put Banjo in Super Smash Bros.
@justin233 omg Beetle Adventure Racing!!! I always forget about it and I wish I didn’t, it’d make my top 10 N64 titles! Heck, I’d place it well about Mario Kart 64 (though below Diddy Kong Racing but I’m a sucker for DKR).
@Traskin7 Mario Party is unlikely though, due to the same reasons it never appeared on VC (related to the control pad rotation minigames causing injuries, buying gloves for affected people, paying tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, etc). We might get Mario Party 2 as it didn’t feature many of those minigames (hence why it’s the only N64 entry on the VC) but I highly doubt they’d revisit the first one if they refused to with the VC.
Chances of this meaning anything is low, they refresh trademarks all the time.
@Iconorobin Except, it was on the Wii U VC, and Rare doesn't own the rights, Nintendo does. Wished people stopped believing that myth. As for this console, yeah, no third party games, lame.
Will pre order this the second it comes available. Will probably be jack able to put all the n64 games on anyways. Hope it has Goemon<<<<<
And wwf no mercy
Damn buck bumble bringing back memories
Hope they keep going. Want a GBC classic and Gamecube classic. Also would like to see a switch sequel to super paper mario.
Please read my comment again. I specifically said EXCEPT DK64.
Wished people would actually read something before commenting on it.
@justin233 in Australia we had HSV Adventure Racing which changed the Beetles over to Holden Commodores. Even the commentator was an aussie! Loved the game.
Rogue Squadron was IT for me. An arcade flying Star Wars loving wet dream. The amount of time I sunk into that game was ludicrous.
I concur with many that without Rare games and a handful of other third party games never likely to appear, EG - The Star Wars games, coupled with the fact that superior versions of three of the better/best games can be played on the 3DS makes an N64 a hard sell.
They better do something about that controller if they want this to be worth anything. One of the most exciting prospects about N64 games coming to Wii Virtual Console back in the day was the fact that you could finally play them with a decent controller.
@GrailUK you just haven't been paying attention!
Old Nintendo = good
@Iconorobin Reading on the internet, people do that?
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