Pack it up, folks: that fabled N64 Classic Edition likely isn’t on the cards. In an interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime stated that while such a concept isn’t ruled out, it’s currently “not in our planning horizon.” Reaffirming that the NES and SNES Classics were released as limited-time offers, this decision arose from the need of a “bridge” between the dying Wii U and the popular, then-upcoming Switch, with Reggie pointing the latter’s online subscription service — which offers a library of classic NES games — as them forging ahead on that goal.
In other words, you won’t be playing Super Mario 64 or (Microsoft/Rare willing) Banjo-Kazooie on an emulated replica anytime soon. Bummer! Of course, it’s not like Mr. Fils-Aime would suddenly reveal its existence in an interview, but as we imagine such a device would be prime for the holidays, we’re certain he’s telling the truth on this one.
Regardless, we highly recommend you check out the rest of Kotaku’s interview, which discusses the possibility of further classic systems on Nintendo Switch Online, post-release content, and more.
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