Given the success of the NES Classic Edition and the rush to pre-order this year’s SNES Mini, it seems inevitable Nintendo will follow up with a version of its N64 console at some point.
While that’s all been speculation until now, we might have our first indication Nintendo is planning to bring some of its finest ever games back to life with a new retro console.
As first noted by a poster on NeoGAF, Nintendo has filed trademark applications for four of its most iconic controller designs; the NES, the SNES, the new Switch Joy-Cons and the groundbreaking Nintendo 64 controller.
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The filing is accompanied by an outline of the N64 controller, which pioneered the central analogue stick that enabled a one-handed grip for the new generation of open world games, like Mario 64. It also introduced the Rumble Pak, offering haptic feedback for gamers.
The filings are with the European Union Intellectual Property Office have been filed in the “telecommunication machines and apparatus,” and “consumer video game apparatus.”
Of course, this is no guarantee a retro-themed N64 console is on the way, because it isn’t uncommon for a company like Nintendo to protect its IP against third-party copycats.
However, given the timing and the company’s most recent moves in this area, it’s certainly a positive sign that perhaps this time next year gamers will be clamoring to buy an N64 Classic Edition.
One poster pointed out the image shown above is similar to those used on the top of the boxes for the other mini consoles, leading the poster to believe “It’s happening.”
Fingers crossed, 64-bit gaming fans. We’re already pumped for some Goldeneye action.