Nintendo 64

Release Date: Sep 29, 1996

N64 Console Summary

The Nintendo 64 or N64 was released in September 1996 for North America and in June 1996 for Japan. It was named after its 64 bit CPU. It retailed for $199.99 USD and launched with 3 games including Super Mario 64, Pilotwings 64, and Saiky? Habu Sh?gi (In Japan Only). The N64 was Nintendo's 3rd home video game console to come out and its last one to use cartridge games, until recently with Nintendo Switch. Over the years the console was released in a variety of colors and designs such as a see-through neon green or teal blue game system and controllers. The system had many add-ons and attachments which included a Rumble Pak, Memory Card Controller Pak, Transfer Pack, Voice Recognition Unit (VRU), Gameshark, Nintendo 64 Disk Drive, and even an Expansion Pack that added 4 MB of extra system memory which improved graphics and was needed for later games. The Rumble Pack took batteries and had to be attached to the bottom of the controller to allow it to vibrate and add extra effects when you were attacked or did something in the game, which is now built in to all standard video games controllers today. The Transfer Pack worked with games like Pokemon Stadium to allow you to import your Pokemon from Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow from the Gameboy to N64. The VRU was a microphone that you could use with games such as Hey You Pikachu to talk to Pikachu and give him commands. Gameshark allowed you to use cheats for many Nintendo 64 games and it attached to the bottom of games and then plugged into the console like a game. Nintendo planned to release a cd attachment to compete with its competitors and allow the N64 to play games on a CD Disk that could hold more memory and therefore improved graphics, but it was scrapped for the US and it only released in Japan with only about 10 games. It was a commercial failure and was discontinued shortly after its release as only about 15,000 were actually sold.

The Nintendo 64 Controller was a unique controller for its time as there was not anything quite like. It was an M shape and had 10 buttons on it which included L, R, Z, Start, A, B, C-up, C-down, C-left, C-right, and a D-pad. It had an analog stick in the middle and the shape of the controller allowed you to place your hands in many different spots for many playstyle variations. The analog stick had a problem with becoming worn out rather quickly and if you moved the joystick when turning on a game, the controller would lock up in that position and could only be reset by pressing the L, R, and Start button at the same time or restarting the system. Over time many controller colors and designs came out including see-through neon colors for the original.

Its main competition was mainly Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn. Although Nintendo 64 only had a total of 388 games compared to PlayStation’s 1,100 and Sega Saturn's 600, it had more qualitied and popular games that ended up being widely sold. Some of the N64's memorable games are titles such as Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Paper Mario, Diddy Kong Racing, Donkey Kong 64, Super Smash Bros., GoldenEye 007, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, Yoshi's Story, Turok, Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Snap, Star Fox 64, Kirby 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Super Mario 64 was the 64's best seller and has sold over 11.62 million copies by the time Nintendo 64 was discontinued.

In September 2001 Nintendo released the Gamecube. Games and consoles continued to be sold for the N64 until it was discontinued in late 2003. In its lifetime the Nintendo 64 sold 5.54 million in Japan, 6.75 million in Europe and Austrailia combined, 20.63 million in North and South America, and 32.93 million video game systems worldwide. In IGN named it the 9th greatest video game console of all time in 2015. The Nintendo 64 is one of the most well-known video game system in history and its games continue to impact the video game industry. Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are considered to be two of the greatest and most influential games of all time and set the standard for future 3-D action-adventure games. GoldenEye 007 is also considered one the of the best shooters ever made and it has influenced and still continues to influence developers in making modern shooters.

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