Nintendo Isn’t Releasing an N64 Classic Anytime Soon

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently spoke about the absence of a retro console in the company’s holiday line-up. Most fans assumed that after the NES Classic and SNES Classic, an N64 Classic wouldn’t be far behind. And while Fils-Ame didn’t rule out the possibility of one in the future, it seems like it’s not happening anytime soon.

“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,” he said. “That was the very strategic reason we launched the NES Classic system.”

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By early 2016 the Wii U was already on its way out, and the Switch launched in early 2017.

“So while consumers may have been anticipating something, we view these as limited time opportunities,” Fils Aime continued. “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.”

“I would not ever rule something out,” he added, “but what I can tell you is certainly that’s not in our planning horizon.”

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