Eagle-eyed observers over at NeoGAF spied the trademark filing and noticed the unmistakable outline of a Nintendo 64 game controller. But how do we jump to the conclusion that a Nintendo 64 Classic Edition is incoming?
Well, we simply have to look to Nintendo’s behavior with the NES Classic Edition and the SNES Classic Edition. In both cases, Nintendo applied for trademarks on the designs of the controllers before the release of the consoles. And wouldn’t you know it; that same controller silhouette can be seen on the top of each respective console’s retail box.
This trademark filing is by no means a certainty when it comes to release of the hypothetical Nintendo 64 Classic Edition, but why else would Nintendo be swarming around a twenty-year-old gaming system?
Nintendo has been playing the “retro” card for the past year, kicking off with the out-of-nowhere sales success of the NES Classic Edition. Nintendo took us all by surprise with the launch of the console, and the resultant blockbuster sales had Nintendo struggling to keep up with demand. The company eventually ended production of the console to refocus its resources elsewhere, leaving many retro gamers unfulfilled.
However, Nintendo once again stoked the flames with the announcement of the SNES Classic Edition. The console comes with two controllers and 21 games including fan favorites like Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart and Donkey Kong Country. The NES Classic Edition is priced at $79.99 and will be available starting September 29th (if you can somehow miraculously get your hands on one).