Nintendo is rumoured to be working on an N64 Classic console

Will Nintendo be able to emulate the N64 while keeping pricing low?

Nintendo are rumoured to be working on a N64 Classic console

Nintendo is rumoured to be working on an N64 Classic console

When Nintendo released their NES Classic the device was able to sell a lot more units than Nintendo originally anticipated, so much so that even today we can find this device on eBay for over £150, which is three times the device's MSRP. 
With the announcement of the SNES Classic, many have wondered, what is next for Nintendo and whether or not an N64 Classic is on the cards for a 2018 or 2019 release. Well, not it has been confirmed that Nintendo has filed for a trademark for a stylistic representation of their N64 controller, hinting that they plan on releasing some form of an N64 emulator in the future. 
This controller design is similar to what we see in NES and SNES classic consoles for their own respective controllers, though it is likely that Nintendo will have more trouble emulating their N64 console, at least cheaply. 
Thankfully the N64's games take up to a maximum of 64MB of storage space, with the average gaming using a 12-32MB cartridge. This should present no problems for Nintendo, though the N64 will require a lot more compute power than the SNES to emulate correctly. 
Moving past this to the Gamecube we see the move to optical media and disks that are up to 1.5GB, making it difficult to create a potential GameCube Classic without a high capacity storage solution. The N64 classic seems like a natural end to Nintendo's nostalgia drive, unless of course they start remaking their classic mobile consoles. 


Nintendo are rumoured to be working on a N64 Classic console  

One other option for Nintendo is to attempt to integrate future console emulations into their Switch console, as it should have plenty of compute power and storage space (SD Card slot) to easily play games from the N64, GameCube and/or Wii era.   

In the future, we could see Nintendo move from these new mini Classic consoles back towards their "Virtual Console" system, provided they don't want to make increasingly powerful/expensive emulator boxes. 


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21-07-2017, 12:41:28

I want. I bought my N64 as a Jap import. Cost me a small fortune (about £400 IIRC) then the games were like £120 each. But with games like Pilotwings 64 and Mario 64 who cares?Quote

21-07-2017, 13:21:30

Still my favorite controller to this day. I'd love an updated version with a better analog stick. There are some out there from third parties, but reviews are all over the place.Quote

21-07-2017, 13:29:04

Yeah I loved the controller. Hated how they wore though. If you took them apart it was like talcum powder where the stick had ground itself down. Needed work, but completely revolutionary IMO.

Also this. A foam pad from a set of those crappy old in ear headphones made a great stick pad stopped it slipping when your hands got sweaty Quote

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