For the last couple of years gamers have been talking incessantly about an N64 Classic Edition. Why not? I mean, we have the NES Classic Edition, and the highly successful follow-up the SNES Classic Edition, and now we're getting the PlayStation Classic this December. Would it really be out of the norm to want an N64 Classic Edition? Well, all of the clamor and the chatter to rekindle some love for some of the most iconic video games in the history of gaming could be coming to a head in a tangible way. Rumors and discussion about the N64 Classic Edition is no longer just rumors and discussion, because there has now been some element of evidence surfacing which indicate that a Nintendo 64 Classic may be on the horizon.
According to Business Insider, Nintendo recently made a European trademark filing for a "Classic Edition." If you follow through to the EUTM file information regarding the trademark, you'll see that Nintendo input the application back in July of 2017, and the examination was completed on February 17th, 2018. The filing was published that very same month and the opposition period ended in May of this year. After all the filing and paperwork was completed, the trademark for the "Classic Edition" was registered on August 30th, 2018. The expiry isn't until 2027.
If you scuffle down the filing, you'll see that there's a big 'ole graphical representation for the filing, which includes the undeniable outline of a Nintendo 64 analog controller. The three prongs extend from the bottom, with the start button in the center of the pad, just above the iconic analog stick resting in the middle prong. The 'A' and 'B' buttons are off to the right of the analog, along with the four C-direction buttons on the far right of the controller, which is typically where the four face buttons are located.
Most notable, however, is that the trademark was filed by Nintendo of Japan. Some of you might remember that a few months ago Nintendo of Japan also filed a trademark in Japan for a "Classic Edition."
Business Insider notes that the significance of this particular trademark filing is that it's actually identical to the other trademark filings Nintendo made for the NES Classic Edition and the SNES Classic Edition. The article even shows the original trademark images, which -- sure enough -- feature a top-down look at an NES controller in black and white.
The thing is, when reached for comment, Nintendo said they had nothing to announce on the topic at this time.
While some people might assume the N64 Classic Edition would be announced to compete with the PlayStation Classic Edition, the trademark filing gives Nintendo a good decade to make good on the proposition. It doesn't mean that we have to see an N64 retro console released right now, it just means that if Nintendo wanted to release one right now, it most certainly could.
Of course, this gives gamers, media outlets and YouTubers plenty of time to come up with top 10, top 20, or top 30 lists to put together the ideal line-up for what they would like to see featured in the retro mini-console's pre-loaded software stash, assuming that it's actually coming. If it is coming, what games would you like to see bundled into the N64 Classic Edition?