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A Nintendo 64 Classic could be hitting shelves in the near future

A new trademark application suggests the Nintendo 64 Classic console is coming back.

The tech giant already revealed their plans to bring back the NES Classic and SNES, and it looks like the launch of yet another iconic console could be in the works.

Gaming site Japanese Nintendo translated to English a trademark application for the N64 that includes information about the rumoured console. Although the trademark itself is not absolute proof that the company will actually release the product, the filing has fans frothing at the possibility.

Could it be that Nintendo is planning to announce the console at this year’s E3, which takes place in June?

If you’re still not giddy yet, wait until you hear this: it’s not even the first hint out there. Last summer, Nintendo filed a graphical trademark for an icon depicting the N64’s iconic controller.

Don’t put your bets in just yet, though. The Nintendo 64’s game library isn’t quite as revered as that of the SNES or the NES. Many of the console’s most iconic titles – Donkey Kong 64, GoldenEye, Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark – were developed by Rare, a studio now owned by one of Nintendo’s biggest competitors: Microsoft.

That is a significant hindrance that would make the launch almost unviable.

Still, if the company deems titles like Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Star Fox are enough to convince gamers to take the plunge into the past, the console might happen.

What do you think? Is the nostalgia factor enough for you to invest in a new console?

Now if the hype is just too much and you can’t wait for an official release, popular YouTuber “Nintendrew” recently created a functional Nintendo 64 Classic by repurposing a Raspberry Pi single-board computer, emulator software, and a 3D-printed case.

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