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A Nintendo 64 Classic appears to be in development and with it could come some classic and goofy fighting games

Would it be possible to see Killer Instinct on a Nintendo console again?

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • May 23, 2018 at 4:16 p.m. PDT • Comments: 30

Nintendo's consoles have been doing very well for them the past few years not only with the meteoric launch of the Switch, but also with the successes of their mini "Classic" consoles.

The developer and publisher has already released classic versions of the NES and SNES for the modern era pre-packaged with dozens of games built into the system, including Street Fighter 2 Turbo, and now a follow-up appears to be on the horizon for Nintendo's third home console.

Nintendo recently filed a trademark application for 'N64' in Japan for "TV Game Machines, TV Game Programs, Downloadable Digital Programs, ROM cartridges, Smartphone use Program Storage Media and more" according to Siliconera. This is not a hard confirmation of a Nintendo 64 Classic console, but it sounds fairly close to it.

The Nintendo 64 had a plethora of iconic titles with the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64 and GoldenEye 007 though it also brought memorable fighting game additions with the original Super Smash Bros, Killer Instinct and ClayFighter.

For the previous classic Nintendo consoles, most games on the system were developed/ published by Nintendo themselves, but they do include games from a variety of other large publishers including Capcom, Konami and Square Enix meaning fighters from other publishers are certainly not off of the table.

Let's take a look at some of the more notable choices for fighting games that could pop up on a Nintendo 64 Classic console, and be sure to tell us in the comments what games you would like to see in the mini collection.

Super Smash Bros. and Killer Instinct

The first Super Smash Bros. title would be a no-brainer inclusion for an N64 Classic console seeing as it was actually made by Nintendo, includes some of their most iconic characters in one video game and sparked one of their most popular franchises going forward.

Killer Instinct Gold would likely be the second most popular choice in fighters for the N64, but this one raises some big problems. Namely, that Killer Instinct and Rare are both owned by Microsoft now. Phil Spencer of the Xbox division has said on multiple occasions that they would be happy to let Nintendo use Banjo and Kazooie for a Smash Bros. title, but we'd have to see if Microsoft would be down to put KI on an N64 Classic as a publisher.

Mortal Kombat and ClayFighter

Mortal Kombat was not one of the series included with the SNES Classic, but could easily be a part of an N64 collection with MK4 or Trilogy as long as Nintendo is willing to raise the rating on the system by including Mature rated titles.

ClayFighter 63 1/3 is certainly not one of the best fighting games out there, but it's still worthy of a spot on a classic console for its basic absurdity referential treatment of the genre and time period (plus it also managed to sell over a million copies, so someone must have nostalgia for it).

Other fighting games on the Nintendo 64

• Rakugakids
• Fighters Destiny
• Bio F.R.E.A.K.S.
• Mace: The Dark Age
• Deadly Arts
• War Gods
• Flying Dragon
• Dark Rift

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