Nintendo N64 Classic Mini: Nintendo's next console?

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 21, 2017
Updated • May 22, 2018
Games, Misc

Nintendo may be working on the next console of its retro revival series: the Nintendo N64 Classic Mini, or short N64 Classic.

Nintendo's classic consoles are very popular. The company released the NES Classic console back in 2016 which started the craze. The SNES Classic Edition will be out in September 2017, and it appears that the company is not finished yet.

Both the NES Classic and the SNES Classic consoles sold extremely well. In fact, it was difficult to get one of the devices as they sold out quickly.

The release of a classic edition of the N64 console would be the logical next step. Nintendo filled a trade mark request for a N64 controller with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. While that does not necessarily mean that the company plans to release a N64 Classic Edition, as it could simply plan to release the controller for its new console Nintendo Switch, it has done so prior to the release of the SNES Classic as well.

Nintendo N64 Classic Mini

nintendo n64 classic

Nintendo N64 games don't age as well as SNES games. This is my personal opinion of course and you may have a different opinion on the matter. This comes down to the switch from classic 2D gaming to 3D gaming. Expect low textures and all that goes along with it.

It should be clear that the N64 Classic console will be more expensive than the SNES or NES Classic systems.

Nintendo could, and hopefully will, integrate four controller ports, and ship with system with at least two of them included.

It seems likely that Nintendo will include 20 or so games with the console. Judging from past releases, it will include some all-time favorites but also miss several.

The selection of games on the N64 is more limited when compared to the NES and especially the SNES. One reason for that is that third-party support started to dry up on the N64.

If Nintendo releases the N64 Classic, most games it ships with will have been produced by Nintendo as there have not been that many great third-party game releases on the Nintendo N64.

Which games should the N64 Classic come with?

  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Bomberman 64
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day
  • Donkey Kong Country 64
  • Goldeneye 007
  • Harvest moon 64
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Mario Party 2
  • Mortal Kombat Trilogy
  • Paper Mario
  • Perfect Dark
  • Super Mario 64
  • Starfox 64
  • Star Wars Rogue Squadron
  • Star Wars Shadows of the Empire
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Wave Race 64

Now You: Did I miss any of the classics that you would like to see included if Nintendo releases the N64 Classic? What would you like to see?

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  1. Caitlin.D said on July 24, 2017 at 2:56 am

    1. Super Mario 64
    2. Yoshi’s Story
    3. Mario Party 1-3
    4. Paper Mario
    5. Cruisin’ USA

    If it doesn’t have my top 3, then it wont be worth buying for me.

  2. TianlanSha said on July 21, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    If it is to come out with 30+ games, then it needs significantly larger storage unit compared to the SNES and NES. I haven’t played N64, so I can only assume each game is around 300-500MB? So that would be around 15GB storage unit?

    1. Yuliya said on July 21, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      No, their size varies from 4MB to 64MB, most having 16MB and 32MB from what I can see.

      I think I have most (if not all) N64 ROMs:
      Size: 7,21 GB (7 747 403 776 bytes)
      Contains: 467 Files, 0 Folders

      There are only three games which have 64MB: Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Pokemon Stadium 2, Resident Evil 2.

      Even PS1 games were rather small. The only reason they came on CD is due to uncompressed audio taking most space.

      1. TianlanSha said on July 22, 2017 at 10:02 am

        Wow those games must be compressed as hell.

  3. Klobb4Ever said on July 21, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Most of those Rare developed titles can be played in the Rare Replay, so it’s hard to imagine Nintendo including them (assuming they could at all legally, aside from DK64 since Nintendo owns the Donkey Kong IP).

    Also, the idea of Nintendo reproducing one of their worst designed controllers in the history of the company is amusing. I’m all for “mini” cash grabs, so long as I have the option to use anything but the ugly and user unfriendly N64 controller.

  4. hirobo2 said on July 21, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Lol, N64 wasn’t a very good system. I didn’t like any games on it, not even Mario64. The mini version certainly won’t sell better than the NES nor SNES minis.

    The NES/SNES has the novelty factor of using 2D sprites. The average person’s laptop computer can process 3D models 10x better than the N64, so nothing unique about N64 there.

  5. Yuliya said on July 21, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Cruis’n World
    Extreme G 1 & 2
    Jet Force Gemini
    Killer Instinct Gold
    Mischief Makers
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy
    Turok 1 & 2
    Yoshi’s Story

    All N64 ROMs fit on a 8 GB memory stick, btw (:

  6. Samus said on July 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Super Smash Bros.!!!
    Pokemon Snap
    Pokemon Stadium 1+2
    Mario Party 1+3

  7. Marky said on July 21, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Snowboarding 1080 was a sublime Shigeru Miyamoto classic.

    World Driver Championship was a classic Midway racer that was really quite challenging, had a high skill ceiling and got luke warm reaction from the N64 gaming press at the time (for being too hard!), many of whom struggled to hold the controller the right way up.

  8. Jake said on July 21, 2017 at 9:27 am

    You wrote that the SNES Classic console has sold very well and is sold out. There aren’t pre-orders for this in the USA or Canada yet AFAIK, and the release date hasn’t even arrived yet. How are you defining “sold out”? Also, you state with certainty that the N64 Classic Console WILL be more expensive than the SNES Classic. Where are you getting this information from? This whole article feels like clickbait.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 21, 2017 at 9:54 am

      I’m basing “sold-out” on the situation in Europe. Pre-orders have been available ever since Nintendo announced the SNES Mini, and whenever contingents were available, they sold out in minutes or even less.

      You are right that I don’t know if the N64 Classic will be more expensive than the SNES. I base this on the following:

      1. The SNES Mini was more expensive than the NES Mini.
      2. The N64 may come with 4 controller ports instead of just 2.
      3. N64 games are larger than SNES games.
      4. N64 games are more expensive than SNES Virtual Console games (which are more expensive than NES Virtual Console games).

      I expect the N64 mini to be sold for $99.99.

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