Today, I have an update on the situation with the Mini Consoles.
First, on July 18th, 2017 (last month), Nintendo registered four trademark images with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. They registered an NES controller image, a SNES controller image, a Switch image, and a N64 controller image. Given the timing, contents, and descriptions, it lead the discoverer Rösti on NeoGAF to conclude that this is for the a forthcoming Nintendo 64 Classic, to be released in 2018 following the NES Classic from last year and the SNES Classic to be released later this year.
I think the conclusion he made is reasonable, given the track record we've seen so far. Now, just to add a cherry on top, remember how there was just no way Star Fox 2 would ever be released? Then, do you recall when it suddenly got a release date through the SNES Classic, even to Dylan Cuthbert's shock? Well, you know... there's another game related to Star Fox that never saw release... That's right! I'm talking about the Star Fox Demo for Virtual Boy! Just kidding, I'm talking about Dinosaur Planet. We don't actually know how far along Rare was with the game before it got transitioned to Star Fox Adventures, but we do know they had playable demos. It's a long shot, but could Nintendo do it again? Could Nintendo resurrect a long-thought-dead game from the grave? We'll see.
Alright, enough pie in the sky ideas. One thing is certain: if a N64 Classic get released, you can be certain that Star Fox 64 will be there. I think that's like the 14th release of that game, right? Then again, you should see how many times Ocarina of Time was released!
Next up, there is news of SNES Classic preorders opening in August for retailers across the country. When in August? No-one knows. Obviously, it'll be in the last half of the month since we haven't seen them open up yet. As soon as they are open, I expect to see most of them get gobbled up in the first few hours, if not minutes. The good news is that Nintendo will be producing tons more SNES Classics than they did with the NES Classic, since they know now just how popular it will be.
If you want to get real-time alerts, pricing, and availability of the SNES Classic as it gets nearer to release, check out the SNES Classic page on NowInStock.com. There are ways to get alerts to your phone in real time if you sign up with their instructions.
On that note, would you guys be interested in watching me, play through Star Fox and Star Fox 2 on livestream? As someone who has never played a single Star Fox 2 ROM, and only played a grand total of about 30 minutes of the original Star Fox, you will get a genuine first-time reaction from me, and also get to see me die a lot. I hear the controls are pretty tough. Interested?