Nintendo of America President Shoots Down N64 Mini Rumors

Nintendo of America President Shoots Down N64 Mini Rumors

Look for another stocking-stuffer.

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.

A new N64 trademark.

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.

You can read our review of Pokemon Let's Go here, or check out our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate guide for the latest updates on Nintendo's two big holiday offerings.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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