PlayStation Classic news: Good news for Sony as PS1 Mini games rival ruled out

While some have been left underwhelmed by the official PlayStation Classic games list, the device is still expected to sell well.

Collectors will no doubt want to add the mini console to their list of finds, with the retro PS1 device coming out in December.

The PlayStation Classic launches with 20 games pre-installed, including Final Fantasy 7, Ridge Racer Type 4, Wild Arms, Jumping Flash and Tekken 3.

Others titles have also been announced, with less buzz surrounding the likes of Destruction Derby and Cool Boarders 2.

But while fans will have their own personal gripes with some of the games included in the new gaming device, there has been some good news this week for Sony.

Recently, there have been rumours suggesting that Nintendo might be planning their next mini console release.

This is reportedly the N64 Mini Classic, a console that would suffer many of the pros and cons of the PlayStation Classic.

While there are many memorable games from the N64 era, most of them would look pretty behind the times.

This is because while the NES and SNES classic games were all 2D, some of the most popular N64 titles were early 3D, which hasn’t aged well.

However, since these rumours first surfaced, Nintendo has been asked directly whether they have plans for a classic mini N64.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has effectively ruled out an N64 Classic release this year.

Speaking to Kotaku, Fils-Aime explains why the NES and SNES Classic were released in the first place, explaining:

“We were clear when we did the first two Classic series that, for us, these were limited time opportunities that were a way for us as a business to bridge from the conclusion of Wii U as a hardware system to the launch of Nintendo Switch.

“That was the very strategic reason we launched the NES Classic system.

“So while consumers may have been anticipating something, we view these as limited time opportunities.

“We’ve also now been very clear that as the consumer looks forward to engaging with our classic content that is going to happen more and more with the subscription service.”

Fils-Aime also commented on the chances of an N64 Classic being released sometime in the future, revealing:

“I would not ever rule something out, but what I can tell you is certainly that’s not in our planning horizon.”

So while it doesn’t sound like an N64 Classic is coming this year, nothing holding back a launch in the future.

Also, based on the comments made by Fils-Aime, it sounds likely that old Virtual Console content could be made part of the Nintendo Online subscription service.

It would certainly be a good way to keep selling their subscription service to fans.

But for now, it looks like dreams of an N64 Classic Mini announcement will have to be put to bed.

This is good news for Sony, with the PlayStation Classic release date set for December 3, with no rival devices in sight.