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Model: Air Max 97
Key Features: The Air Max 97 features a predominantly silver upper constructed of mixed materials. Red, green, and blue detailing shout out the “Start,” “A,” and “B” buttons on a Nintendo 64 controller, while a yellow Max Air sole unit is a nod to the “C” buttons. Nike branding on the tongue tags is replaced with the words “Power” and “Reset,” and the ESRB rating logo is printed on the insole. The Air Max branding on the heel tab is rendered in a Nintendo-style font.
Release Date: TBC (rumored to be this summer)
Price: TBC (Likely $170)
Buy: Nike and select retailers TBC
Editor’s Notes: Judging by the leaked product images above, it looks like Nike is set to release a Nintendo 64-inspired Air Max 97. While Nike hasn’t yet made an official announcement, both the leaked images and rumors suggest this homage to one of the most legendary gaming consoles ever could be released this summer.
It’s unlikely that this is an official collaboration, as there is no Nintendo co-branding anywhere on the shoe, making it more likely that the colors and tongue tag detailing are an unofficial nod to the Japanese gaming titan and a machine that was launched in 1996.
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