Because of the damage wrought by Super Typoon Yutu last October, the CNMI wanted to pull out of staging the event.
But executive members of the Pacific Games council have just visited the country to try to salvage the tournament.
They've given the CNMI the choice of a contracted games from 12 to six sports.
The cost would also decrease from eight to $US3 million.
Council president Vidhya Lakhan and chief executive Andrew Minogue met with CNMI Governor Ralph Torres and Lieutenant Governor Arnold Palacios this week to discuss the options.