Nostalgia is one of the more marketable aspects of the gaming industry nowadays, with remakes surfacing as some of the most anticipated titles for gamers the world over. Nintendo in particular has managed to tap into this niche through miniature versions of its long since discontinued consoles, with the SNES Classic being the most recent venture that the company has made. Evidence has even surfaced for a possible Game Boy Classic while writing this, which is likely to be an incredibly entertaining prospect for many.
Having said that, recent trademark filings also appear to indicate that the Nintendo 64 will be getting a Classic edition in the near future, and many fans have already begun speculating on which retro games will be present on the rumored platform. Gamers can probably begin piecing together what titles would be featured on a hypothetical N64 Classic, with Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time coming across as no-brainers, which is why we opted to create a list featuring beloved games that have a far less likely chance of appearing on the console.
Now, let’s begin.
Let’s get one of the most desired titles out of the way first, as it’s very unlikely that fans will see GoldenEye 007 arrive as part of a N64 Classic. This isn’t a result of Nintendo unwilling to play ball to appease fans of the shooter, but rather a complex licensing issue that spans across several companies.
Based on Microsoft’s failed attempt to remaster and release GoldenEye on Xbox 360, an immense agreement would have to be reached in order for such a revamp to see the light of day – including the rights to the likeness of actor Pierce Brosnan and a deal with James Bond franchise owner Danjaq, LLC. Truth be told, if that much effort and money is going into simply including the title as one of, presumably, many titles on the Nintendo 64 Classic, it may make more sense for the companies to reach a deal on some other sort of revamp. Then again, it may end up being a smaller piece of a larger alliance if such a partnership were to ever occur.
Out of all of the platforming mascots of the 90s, few managed to garner the same amount of attention and fandom as Banjo and Kazooie. The bear and bird combo’s original title arrived on N64 in 1998, but a lot has happened to the I.P. and developer Rare Ware since then – namely, Microsoft now has sole ownership of the franchise and the developer. A deal could hypothetically be brokered in order to have Banjo-Kazooie appear on the system, but it’s not likely given that it’s currently available as part of Rare Replay on Xbox One.
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
Back when shooters on consoles were still a very new premise, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was turning heads with impressive visuals and ample action. Featuring a number of dinosaurs and human baddies, the game quickly boosted sales of the N64 and brought M-rated action to a platform that many had begun to distinguish as the more family friendly system on the marketplace. However, it’s this same “M for Mature” rating by the ESRB that will likely keep it from being included on the Classic console, as Nintendo probably doesn’t want to see younger audiences barred from buying and playing the hardware.
Add in the fact that Turok and its sequel both saw remastered releases on PC and it’s even more unlikely that the current license holder would want to risk the cannibalization of those sales.
Space Station Silicon Valley
Developed by DMA Design, now known as Rockstar North, this gem is one of the few Rockstar-developed titles to ever appear on a Nintendo platform. Lucky for Nintendo fans, it turned out to be an incredible sci-fi title that was as original as it was entertaining. After solid reviews, the game quickly gained a cult following and remains one of the most adored games on the N64 to this day.
Placing users into the role of Evo, a living computer chip capable of controlling the corpses of cyborg animals aboard a space station, players can become of a wide array of different animals with different tech-based abilities. Space Station Silicon Valley may be a bit of an overshadowed favorite with small odds of getting on the N64 Classic, but Rockstar Games’ newfound relationship with Nintendo (namely releasing L.A. Noire on Switch) means that this one is still very much a possibility – however unlikely it may seem.
WWF No Mercy
Often heralded as the greatest wrestling game ever made, WWF No Mercy would take full advantage of the inevitable 4-player input of the N64 Classic. With that said, that doesn’t make this title any more likely for inclusion, especially given the hoops Nintendo would have to jump through in order to make it a reality. First and foremost, the title of the game itself presents a legal issue with the World Wildlife Fund, which eventually lead to World Wrestling Federation changing its name to World Wrestling Entertainment.
Furthermore, there are several wrestlers featured within the game that would need to be edited out since the rights to their likenesses are not currently secured – nor are they particularly desired by WWE or current license holder 2K Games. Add in further controversy that would arise from the inclusion of deceased wrestler/murderer Chris Benoit, and there’s just no way No Mercy is coming to the console.