The Nintendo 64 gaming console holds a special place in the hearts of many ’90s kids and now it can hold a special place in their sneaker collection with this N64-inspired Air Max 97.
The shoe takes on a mostly grey upper with red, blue, and green color accents reminiscent of the N64’s cubic “N” logo. They placed the yellow of the logo in the air unit of the shoe giving it a subtle pop of a brighter color. In place of the Air Max branding on the tongue there are “Power” and “Reset” motifs like those found on the N64 that kids use to mash when their game wouldn’t load. The heels pull tab has Air Max branding in Nintendo typeface with the signature racetrack surrounding it. The pull tab on the tongue has three dots to match the consoles controller input slot. On the insole is the ESRB Game Rating icon with Nike branding instead of a game rating.
There is no word on a release date but some are speculating that their release will coincide with the 23rd anniversary of the N64 on September 26th. Stay tuned for more details and take a look at the shoe below.
Nike Air Max 97 “Nintendo 64”
Color: Atmosphere Grey/Habanero Red
Style Code: CI5012-001
Release Date: September 25, 2019
Price: $170 USD
Update (9/18/19): According to a tweet from Foot Locker, the Nike Air Max 97 “Nintendo 64” is currently available at select locations. Check out the new photos below.
Update (9/19/19): Following yesterday’s Foot Locker tweet, Nike announces the release date of this sneaker, officially dubbed the Nike Air Max 97 “Atmosphere Grey.” Catch the release on September 25th on Nike.com for a retail price of $170 USD.
Those that already purchased a pair at Foot Locker have noticed some cosmetic differences from the official images. The official images show a black midsole, but in reality it is dark grey. Also, the Nintendo-style Air Max logo on the heel tab has been removed. No word on if the online release will include the Air Max logo on the heel. On a positive note, the sneaker comes with four extra lace options: green, red, blue, and yellow.