According to recent European trademark filings, Nintendo may be planning to release Nintendo 64 Classic Edition console.
On July 18th Nintendo filed a trademark for several controllers – NES, SNES, and the Switch, respectively. All four pieces are a 2D graphical representation of a Nintendo console. However, the fourth trademark, filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office is the most intriguing one. It clearly displays a Nintendo 64 controller, known for its three-armed design and the central analog stick. Keeping in mind the timing of the filing, people familiar with the matter suggested that this may be evidence that the company is planning Nintendo 64 Classic Edition controller release.
Although the registered trademark has raised fans’ hopes that they may be able to put hands on Nintendo 64 Classic Edition console, many companies adopt the following strategy. The complicated nature of the intellectual property rights makes companies protect themselves with pre-emptive trademark filings for products they have no intention of manufacturing. All too often, they register names they never plan to use.
As mentioned above, Nintendo registered a visual trademark for the Switch. The latter was released earlier this year, but rumor has it that it was not going to get a Classic Edition anytime soon. In this respect, the release of an N64 Classic Edition controller seems next to impossible due to the complexity of the controller.
Nintendo is yet to fill similar trademarks for the Nintendo DS, Game Boy, and GameCube. However, if the company confirms that it is actually planning to release an N64, the announcement will inevitably lead to heated debates about the included games and the titles players would love to play on the console.
RealGear team remains committed to informing you if Nintendo representatives confirm or deny the speculations regarding the N64 controller project.