Nintendo 64

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Nintendo 64
A Nintendo 64 and a control pad.
Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Video game console
Generation Fifth generation
Release date May 13, 1996
Units sold 32.93 Million
Media Game Pak (cartridge), 4 to 64 MB
CPU 93.75 MHz NEC VR4300
Storage Cartridge battery, Controller Pak
Online services none in USA
Best-selling game Super Mario 64
Predecessor Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Successor GameCube

Nintendo 64 (commonly abbreviated N64) was the third video game console released by Nintendo. It was released in 1996 and was meant to compete against the Sony PlayStation and the Sega Saturn. The Nintendo 64 was Nintendo's first console with truly 3D graphics (although some games for the earlier SNES and Virtual Boy had 2.5D graphics). It uses plastic cartridges instead of CDs or disks, making load times faster. Because of this, the games cost more to make. The controller for the Nintendo 64 was shaped like an "M" and had 10 buttons and a joystick. Sony used the N64 joystick design to make their DualShock PlayStation controller. Out of the box, the Nintendo 64 had 4 MB of RAM, and it could be upgraded to 8 MB with the expansion pak.

Because making games for the Nintendo 64 was more expensive than making games for the PlayStation, many video game companies did not make games for the N64. They made them for the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 instead. Nintendo also did not like games that had a lot of blood or violence in them. Companies who made these kinds of games made them for the PlayStation instead. However, some game makers did make some violent games for the Nintendo 64, such as Rare's first-person shooter Perfect Dark. Nintendo lost its lead over Sega and Sony because of these two things.

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