Nintendrew, the YouTube Nintendo enthusiast / All-Star, devised a "Nintendo 64 Classic Edition" last June. Of course, the answer was, "Now a GameCube." Well, now he has.
Drew is not just about a chassis of the same size as the two Classic Editions that Nintendo has done so far. He tried to make a mini GameCube that could be reasonably functional and affordable. Given the size of the GameCube files relative to NES or SNES ROMs, and the hardware needed to run them, this poses a greater challenge, especially when we talk about a device that is less than 100 US dollars is sold. He realizes he needs something more violent than the Raspberry Pi he uses in his N64 Classic. He found instead the Up Squared Board ̵
From then on, it was about selecting a OS and UI, then designing the case. It still needed ventilation and a USB hub that could support four controllers like the original GameCube. How did he do it? I would class that as an aesthetic and functional success. Some parts of the 3D-printed case look a bit rough, but as proof of the concept he hit it. In terms of affordability, Nintendrew notes that the Up Squared board he used picks up somewhere between $ 229 and $ 319 at retail.
"Even if you explain a direct relationship with the manufacturers, there is a likelihood that Nintendo will still pay at least $ 100 for each unit," he says. Part of the fun with the Classic Editions (I mean, except the botting, the servers of retailers breaking clothes down on Twitter on pre-order day) is that they cost no more than a current game.  It is doubtful that this will ever happen. However, a trademark registration of the N64 Classic Edition was discovered last summer, and we may see Nintendrew's engraving come to life. And Nintendo says the original NES Classic Edition will come back this summer.
Realistically, this classic evolution of the Nintendo console fleet – even as a one-off creation – now ends on the GameCube. This means that Nintendrew has no choice but to make a NES Classic Edition Classic Edition that is 2.5 by 2 by 0.875 in. Go, Drew!