It's probably just me thinking this, but I have to wonder if it's such a good idea to release an N64 Mini. Software-wise, Nintendo could probably include about 10 to 15 good games (that aren't caught up in licensing red tape, don't even think about Golden Eye 007) or perhaps go up to 20 games if they play their cards right with third-parties (Mega Man 64 please!) but what is Nintendo going to do about those sucky N64 controllers? Do we really need more broken analog thumb sticks and overly sensitive Z buttons? I understand those issues could be fixed for the N64 Mini, but I'd still rather just play those games (or modern remakes of those games) on the Switch, with a better controller.
Well the part that fails in those controllers are these two half spheroid shaped pieces of plastic that help the joystick rock all over and pop back to center. The more they got beat to hell with hard fast motions (more or less thanks to Mario Party 1-3) they would get ground down and the stick would get floppy. Basically if they used sturdier plastic or even perhaps a thin piece of metal on the grind points that would stop the joystick death. I'm not familiar with overly touchy Z button though as you're the first I've seen bring that up.
Coming up with 20 games would be a cinch for the system despite MS surely being d-bags and not allowing Rare games. Hudson is owned by Konami and both supported the NES and SNES CE as did Capcom (which had 2 games out.)
Konami had 2 Castlevania, 2 Mystical Ninja games, Hybrid Heaven, and sports stuff that wouldn't cut it. Hudson had 3 Bomberman games and also Star Soldier Vanished Earth the only US based shooter and it's awesome, and some oddball no name level 3D fighters. Capcom had Mega Man 64 and Resident Evil 2.
With those licensees and since Namco went in with Pac-Man (NES Classic) so probably their co-licensed deal with Ridge Racer 64 would be very possible as well, so that covers over 10-15 games right there without franchise double dipping.
Nintendo seems to allow around 30-40% of the games to be third party on a box. Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon(3D one), Castevania Legacy of Darkness, Bomberman Hero (or 64), Hybrid Heaven, Mega Man 64, Resident Evil 2, and Ridge Racer 64 I'd call the most likely choices if it happened. (7 games)
Nintendo is easy - Super Mario 64, Wave Race, Zelda Ocarina of Time, Mario Party (one of them), Super Smash Bros, Pilotwings, F-Zero X, Mario kart 64, Pokemon Stadium (1 or 2), Pokemon Puzzle League, Dr Mario 64, Star Fox 64, and Yoshi's Story (13 games, which with the 7 above makes a Top20.)
Edited by Tanooki, Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:54 PM.