With the announcement of the SNES Classic, I feel it’s only a matter of time until Nintendo releases a version for their first 3-D game system, the Nintendo 64.
I remember growing up that the N64 was the first game system I specifically asked for Christmas. I have so many fond memories with it, even if my library growing up only consisted of about 7 games total. Nowadays, my library has grown to 3 times that, but I feel that there are a plethora of games that I haven’t tried.
That’s what I love the most about the NES and SNES Classics: they allow gamers to finally try games without resorting to emulators. With the SNES Classic, I can finally give games like Earthbound, Super Mario Kart, and Secret of Mana a try. That’s what I’m looking forward to the most if Nintendo announces a N64 Classic console.
Of course, there are some things that probably won’t happen. A large chunk of great games on the system came from Rare, and since Microsoft bought out Rare in 2002, it’s more than likely we won’t see some games such as the Banjo-Kazooie titles, or other hits such as Killer Instinct Gold, Jet Force Gemini, or Goldeneye: 007.
However, that’s what I think. Nintendo still owns the property of the Donkey Kong games despite those being made by Rare, so we’ll likely see Donkey Kong 64 and Diddy Kong Racing. Hell, maybe Nintendo could strike a deal with Microsoft to include these games after all. Xbox’s president Phil Spencer said he was all for putting Banjo in Super Smash Bros 4, so it’s not unlikely that he’d be willing to negotiate this.
There’s also the issue with hardware that came with the system; in particular, the memory expansion, the Rumble Pak, and the Transfer Pak. The memory expansion was required for certain games to work such as Donkey Kong 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Chances are that a N64 Classic would have this built in from the get-go, but the Rumble and Transfer Paks were not as essential; the former would vibrate the controller in response to certain stimuli in the games, while the Transfer Pak allowed certain games to interact with Game Boy/Game Boy Color games, perhaps most famously with the Pokémon Stadium series.
But with all that in mind, here’s what I think will happen: Nintendo will announce this, say that it comes with a memory expansion, and it will be compatible with the Rumble and Transfer Paks. Nintendo will reach out to Microsoft, who will respectfully deny Nintendo the use of some games. The console will release with 15 games. Here’s my predictions for what games will be on it.
- Super Mario 64
- Mario Kart 64
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
- Super Smash Bros.
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- Pokémon Stadium 2
- Star Fox 64
- Mario Party 2 or 3
- Donkey Kong 64
- Diddy Kong Racing
- Paper Mario
- Pokémon SNAP
- Mario Tennis
- F-Zero X
That being said, if Microsoft does give the thumbs up to Nintendo to use Rare games, then replace the last 3 with Goldeneye: 007, Banjo-Kazooie, and for the hell of it, Conker’s Bad Fur Day.
Do you think Nintendo will make a N64 Classic? If so, what games do you hope to see on it?