Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, appears to shoot down rumors of seeing a Nintendo 64 Classic mini console at least in the near future.
In an interview with Kotaku Fils-Aime was asked whether we could see a N64 Classic this holiday season as we've seen mini consoles the last two holiday seasons. "I would not rule something out, but what I can you is certainly that's not in our planning horizon."
Nintendo first put out the NES Classic in 2016 which collected 20 classic NES games in a miniaturized NES shell. A year later Nintendo released the SNES Classic. Fils-Aime said the NES classic served a very strategic mission for Nintendo. "We were clear when we did the first two Classic series that, for us, these were limited time opportunities that were a way for us as a business to bridge from the conclusion of Wii U as a hardware system to the launch of Nintendo Switch," Fils-Aime said.
Many people were anticipating something similar for the Nintendo 64 and there have been a couple unearthed trademarks that suggested an N64 Mini could be coming, maybe even this year. But it seems according to Fils-aime at least that while a N64 mini is not impossible, it might not be happening this holiday.
Nintendo is instead focusing on two major releases: Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Considering Nintendo has a goal to sell 20 million Switch units by the period ending on March 31, 2019 it makes sense Nintendo will be focusing on the Switch. Releasing a Nintendo 64 Mini this holiday season could distract customers from the Switch in a time when Nintendo needs them the most.