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Nintendo 64 trademarks point to another classic mini reissue

by Mark Tyson on 21 July 2017, 14:31

Tags: Atari (EPA:ATA), Nintendo (TYO:7974)

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N64 Classic Mini

Last month we got official confirmation that Nintendo would follow up its extremely successful Classic Mini NES with a Classic Mini Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). A logical next step at some time in the future would be for Nintendo to follow up that classic with one based upon the Nintendo 64 console, which brought Mario into the world of 3D and hosted many other excellent games.

Some evidence has recently appeared to suggest that this is indeed the plan. A NeoGAF user has spotted that Nintendo filed some trademarks for iconic controller silhouette designs last week. There were three designs; one of the NES controller, one SNES controller, and another was unmistakable as the controller design of the N64. The NES and SNES controller silhouettes can already be seen on existing packaging for these two Classic Mini products. So put one and one together and this evidence points to a Classic Mini N64 in the making.

Polygon asked Nintendo about its mini N64 intentions but unsurprisingly a representative said "we have nothing to announce on this topic".

Atari Speakerhat

In other olde video games company news, Atari seems increasingly active and has just released another hardware product. The Atari Speakerhat is claimed to be a "new listening experience." In summary it is a baseball-style cap with high-fidelity stereo speakers and microphone that can connect instantly to any Bluetooth-enabled device.

Thanks to its connectivity it can be used to play any music or other media content, initiate or accept phone calls, receive voice commands, and so on. Atari claims to have balanced weight, sound quality and functionality to make it comfortable to wear for long periods.

Inside the Atari Speakerhat you will find the following technologies:

  • High-fidelity stereo speakers and microphone,
  • V 4.1 CSR/Qualcomm cVc audio technology,
  • 5-band EQ, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP),
  • Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP v1.4) and Headset Profile (HSP v1.2),
  • Rechargeable lithium Ion battery,
  • universal control button,
  • LED indicator light.

Atari will release a special edition of this product in Autumn, the Blade Runner 2049 Speakerhat. I'm not sure if and when you can buy a regular Atari Speakerhat. Pricing is yet to be divulged. If you are particularly interested in this product you can sign up to be a Speakerhat beta tester.



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Sigh… I still think they'd make more money with a single mini/micro console thing and having single games sold separately.

Atari are going up their own backside a bit aren't they, though, with this “new listening experience”…?
I get a bit like Saracen over certain marketing terms (“by gamers, for gamers”) and how everything these days is an “experience”. Dining experience, driving experience,

An experience is an actual event (not a minor occurrence) that happens to or involves you, from which you gain or derive some kind of knowledge or mastery from being present.
Going to war is an experience.
Spending a year learning a trade is an experience.
Slaying a dragon single-handedly is (and earns you lots of) experience.

A slightly thicker sheet of loo roll does not make for “the ultimate toilet experience”, like the adverts suggest… neither does sticking a pair of laptop speakers to the inside of a hat brim and charging (I assume) PC World prices for an Etsy newbie product…

I shall not be buying the Atari Asshat and I can't believe they didn't even think up a better name for it!!

Cor, it must be Friday…. :lol:
OMG, that hat…..what a load of tat
I quite like the idea of a mini N64 given my fond memories of the original system… However I'm quite sick of Nintendo's business practices and the way it treats its customers so probably won't bother trying to get one, not that I would reasonaly be able to get one anyhow as it purposely limits supply.
Atari really are clutching at straws.

After the complete disaster that was Roller Coaster Tycoon World they are now back with just another pc clone with an Atari hat on by the looks of it and a real Atari hat which would have been better if it was released in the 80's
They should just release a ‘SNES 64’ that can take all 3 controller types, have a handful of stock games included, then have a library where the games are $1 or £1 each. They'd make a killing!