Nintendo has filed a trademark in Japan for the N64, leading to speculation that a Mini 64 console announcement is imminent.
The trademark, seen here, is for;
video game program, controller for game machine, joystick for video game machine, TV game machine
This trademark follows from a filing in Europe last year for the N64’s iconic controller. With E3 just around the corner, Nintendo could be getting ready to unveil the Mini 64.
Both the Mini SNES and Mini NES were incredibly popular on release. Both mini consoles were in high demand and many fans were left without one.
Nintendo has recently announced the return of both the Mini NES and Mini SNES, which will be available on June 29. Pre-orders are open for both right now.
The timing of this trademark and the announcement of the Mini SNES and Mini NES restocking suggests that Nintendo is keen to remind fans of these mini consoles. By doing so, the expectation for a Mini N64 is already set in fans’ minds and the announcement will benefit from maximum hype.
Nintendo also recently confirmed that Virtual Console will not be coming to Switch. Given that these Mini consoles sell so well and are likely a huge profit driver for Nintendo, it makes sense that instead of offering a digital service, the company simply sells more hardware.
For now, nothing is confirmed, but it seems likely that we’ll see a Mini N64 announced before too long.