Nintendo kicked off the miniature retro console craze with the NES and SNES consoles being re-released a bundle of multiple classic games. It’s good news for any retro game fan when these things come around. There’s the NES Classic Edition, which launched in late 2016. And then there’s the Super NES Classic Edition, arrived in September 2017. And now we’ve got some more good news for Nintendo fans.
The news comes from the European Union Intellectual Property Office, where Nintendo has apparently filed a trademark relating to a stylized image of the classic controller shape belonging to the N64.
Here’s the trademark image:
Now why does this simple image clue gamers in to a new classic mini console? Well, it bears a striking resemblance to the logos featured on the NES and SNES Minis.
For example, here’s the NES logo image filed before the launch of the NES Mini:
This news comes a few months after Nintendo refiled trademarks relating to the GameCube and related software and hardware. While these filings don’t outright confirm the existence of new miniature game consoles, they do tend to send the internet rumor mill spinning. If Nintendo is going in chronological order then an N64 Classic would likely release before a GameCube Classic. So we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.