2016 had the NES Classic, 2017 had the SNES Classic, and 2018 had the PlayStation Classic, so a Nintendo 64 Classic can’t be far behind, right? Do not count on it. In an interview with KotakuNintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aimé says that while “I would never rule something out … what I can say is that it is certainly not on our planning horizon.”
“It was clear to us when we did the first two classic series that these were time-limited opportunities for us that helped us as companies move from the completion of the Wii U as a hardware system to the launch of the Nintendo Switch.” says Fils-Aimé. “That was the strategic reason we launched the NES Classic system.”
“We will see what comes next.”
“So while consumers may have been anticipating something, we see these opportunities as limited time. We have also now become very clear that as consumers expect to be able to participate with our classic content, this will increasingly happen with the subscription service. “
Dreams of reliving the console wars of the mid to late 90s will once again have to wait, then. The lack of an N64 Classic would be easier to swallow if you could just play Ocarina of time on a Switch via Nintendo online subscription. The problem with this approach, of course, is that Nintendo has been very slow to develop its offerings.
Current subscribers to the Switch’s online service have access to around 30 original and modified versions of NES games, but no other systems are available, and Nintendo isn’t selling downloadable games through its regular Virtual Console platform either. But Fils-Aimé hints that more content will be on the way. “Looking to the future,” he says, “our subscription service, NSO, Nintendo Switch Online will be the place where you can play our classic content,” adding “We’ll see what comes next” when pressed if this will go beyond the NES.