Nintendo Grabs another N64 Trademark
Nintendo was planning to release an N64 Classic Edition this year. The trademark filing was discovered by the Nintendo blog simply known as “Japanese Nintendo” from a trademark filing site based in Japan, with the blog having found that the filing for the N64 name lists various purposes related to its use. The filing for the N64 is related to a program for downloadable video games, a ROM for storing a program for home video games, a TV video game machine, a portable electronic game machine, joysticks, controllers, and more.
Taking into account each one of the purposes listed above, it definitely sounds like Nintendo is preparing to lay the groundwork for the creation of an N64 Mini in the vein of the aforementioned NES and SNES Classic Editions. After all, the Big N has already caused many to speculate that such a product was on the way after it filed a trademark several months ago that included language relating to the console’s trident-shaped controller.
Today’s reports do point to a forthcoming N64 Mini release, but this may just be a case of Nintendo protecting its intellectual property against third-parties looking to exploit the retro-gaming craze. The N64 placed multiplayer gaming at the centre of many of its most popular games. Including four controller ports (doing away with the need for a multitap-style add-on) openned up the possibility of four-player gaming to a wide audience, and any potential N64 Classic Mini would absolutely have to include four controller ports.
N64 controllers are more complex than their SNES and NES siblings, so packing two with the mini console, on top of the extra support on the machine itself, would likely make for a steeper price point.
With the NES and SNES Classic Editions proving to be commercially successful, it’s almost inevitable that Nintendo will produce another ‘recooked’ version of one of its vintage platforms. Given that Nintendo Co., Ltd. has just applied for an N64 trademark in Japan, one might assume that the 64-bit console – home to iconic games such as Super Mario 64, GoldenEye 007 and Banjo-Kazooie – is next.
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