A Nintendo 64 Classic could be coming soon
The iconic three-pronged controller might be making a comeback.
Hot on the heels of the so-successful-no-one-could-even-buy-it NES Classic Edition, and in advance of the SNES Classic release in September this year, Nintendo may have tipped its hand regarding its next classic console revival. The company recently filed for a patent with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, and the accompanying image is one that leaves little to the imagination:
This patent filing comes in the wake of two similar filings for images of an NES controller and an SNES controller, both of which match up with the logos used in Nintendo's official marketing material for the NES Classic and the SNES Classic. It seems highly likely, then, that Nintendo is looking at releasing a Nintendo 64 Classic to cash in on the nostalgia of all the grown-up 90s kids out there.
Of course, patent filings aren't concrete proof Nintendo will actually go ahead with a Nintendo 64 Classic. It might simply be a case of Nintendo hedging its bets, with no current plans in the works. Or it might be a patent for something entirely different, such as a line of classic N64 games for the Nintendo Switch. Either way, it won't take much to get us playing through Super Mario 64 yet again.
Shout outs to NeoGAF user Rösti for digging up the patent information.