The Nintendo 64 is over two decades old at this point, but it’s still loved by millions of gamers all over the world. The system was iconic since it was the first fully 3D-capable Nintendo home console. In fact, it was one of the most powerful systems of its generation. Now that we’ve made it all the way to the Switch, an arguably even more important feature has come to fruition: the ability to play home console quality games on-the-go. But, who says past Nintendo systems can’t do it?
It looks like popular accessory-maker Hyperkin is building a machine that somewhat follows in the footsteps of the Switch, except this one is dedicated to the N64. Have a look:
As you can see, this is basically an N64 controller that’s somehow been merged with a small display unit. The result is a cartridge-based device (just like the N64) that’s portable. It’s not as aesthetically pleasing as the Nintendo Switch by any means, but it looks like it’s at the very least functional! (Minus the fact that the N64 controller was definitely designed for aliens with three or more hands).
This news and picture came about from Ramon Navos-Moral who works at Hyperkin. He recently made a Facebook post showing off this device which is still a prototype and the design that you see above has not yet been finalized (good!). According to him, R&D is currently active, and it’s “#38 on [Hyperkin’s] priority list”.
If the company really does proceed to turn this into a fully-fledged product, I have no idea how Nintendo will take it. If the heavily-rumored N64 Classic Edition is really on the way, then chances are that the Big N wouldn’t want any other ‘nostalgia magnet’ to get in the way of it. In any case, Hyperkin’s concept does look interesting. We’ve seen all sorts of console mods like this from hobbyists, but it’s not too often that an actual company tries their hand at one. They have the resources to truly make it happen, so we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.
Just like the Switch, the N64 has a lot of titles that would definitely be enjoyed outside of being tethered to the TV. Some of its games have been ported to/received a sequel on handheld systems, so it’s already been demonstrated how these titles would work in a portable environment. Honestly, after the Switch, it almost feels like a nuisance to play a game on a home console and have it ‘stuck’ there on the TV. It’s a real benefit to just about everyone to have a system like the Switch that can basically be taken any-and-everywhere. Hyperkin obviously recognizes that benefit, hence the reason why they’re even bothering to spend resources on the R&D for this portable N64 device.
What would you like to see from this interesting Hyperkin project? Are there any N64 titles in particular that you’d enjoy being able to play on-the-go? Do you think this thing will actually come to fruition? Sound off in the comment section below.