After seeing great success with mini retro consoles the NES Classic and SNES Classic, many assumed a Nintendo 64 Classic had to be next. Nintendo’s first truly polygonal machine delivered bedrock texts for gaming in the third dimension like Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The N64 may have fewer games than its predecessor, but its great games are truly spectacular.
However, for whatever reason an N64 classic never came. Maybe it would’ve cost too much. Maybe Nintendo cares more about the Switch. Maybe the controllers are just too weird. Maybe they couldn’t get the crucial Rare games from Microsoft. But instead of lamenting a smaller N64 than may never come, celebrate this fire-breathing N64 that’s here right now.
Created by modder BitHead1000, and reported by Kotaku, the Heavy Metal Nintendo 64 is a radical reinterpretation of the console that spits flames along with playing cartridges. The replica case (complete with spinning 3D “N” logo) is made of out metal instead of plastic to keep the whole thing from melting. Inside you’ll find two gas valves and lighter fluid tubes.
This isn’t an emulator box of anything, just a shell for the original N64. So you can plug in your old controllers and cartridges just fine. The demo uses latest Super Smash Bros. newcomers Banjo-Kazooie. But now when collecting jiggies the console is passively on fire with its two front torches. Pressing a new red button also spits two jets of flames into the air like an illegal magic show. So metal.