Nintendo 64 Classic Mini leaks onto the web

WIll Nintendo release their an N64 Classic Mini to challenge the PlayStation Mini?

Nintendo 64 Classic Mini leaks onto the web

Nintendo 64 Classic Mini leaks onto the web

Nintendo has been long rumoured to be working on a Classic Mini series console that is based on their N64/Nintendo 64 console, allowing gamers to play retro console games through an HDMI output on modern television screens. 

With the NES and SNES Classic Mini consoles already being available, creating an N64 Classic is an obvious next step for the company, who hopes to build another best selling nostalgia kick, despite the increase in hardware requirements that this 5th generation console requires. 

Three images of Nintendo's rumoured N64 classic have leaked onto the internet, showcasing the same controller ports as both the NES and SNES classic consoles, as well as a similar port cover to the SNES Classic Mini. That being said, the SNES Mini controller port cover didn't extend that far, making this N64 MIni console seem fragile by comparison, leading many to call these images illegitimate. 

Nintendo's previous Classic Mini consoles have had no shortage of design deficiencies, with the cable length of the console's included controllers being a common complaint. Strange design decisions from Nintendo aren't exactly solid confirmations that the device below is a fake.    

Nintendo 64 Classic Mini leaks onto the web

When compared to the NES and SNES, the N64 boasts highly capable 3D hardware alongside larger memory requirements thanks to the console's use of cartridges that are up to 64MB in size. These advancements could mean that the rumoured console could require increased flash storage requirements and a more powerful SoC to emulate the N64's gaming library.  

Moving beyond the N64 will place Nintendo in a situation where cheap emulation is impossible, with Gamecube games being up to 1.5GB in size while containing hardware that can be difficult to emulate on modern PCs. After the N64 Classic Mini, it is likely that Nintendo will move towards classic handheld emulators, perhaps for the Gameboy, Gameboy Colour and Gameboy Advance. 

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Most Recent Comments

15-10-2018, 08:06:54

You know... Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. It's nice to see that this might be developed, but with the current pace, we have a "retro" Wii U by the end of next year Quote

15-10-2018, 09:08:47

People should leave this ridiculous rose tinted nostalgia where it belongs, in their childhood.

The early 3D console graphics look utterly horrendous in a way that the 16bit pixel art era games never will.Quote

15-10-2018, 09:14:14

TBH, I would prefer it if they just made a good virtual console on the Switch. Have all of their classic games in one place.Quote

15-10-2018, 09:23:53

Honestly I am happy for an N64 mini since someone will dump the emulator code and we can finally have decent N64 emulation. It's the only thing that's letting down my Raspberry PiQuote

15-10-2018, 11:01:18

Would be cool to see a Wii Mini.

Joking. They had that. It was crap. They could make a good one, but a nice Wii U Mini would be much better. Probably not enough nostalgia value in that, unfortunately.Quote

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