Nintendo 64

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Nintendo 64
Nintendo 64.jpg
Console with Harvest Moon 64.
Also known asProject Reality (code name), Ultra 64 (planned product name)
DeveloperNintendo IRD
TypeHome video game console
GenerationFifth generation
Release date
  • JP: June 23, 1996
  • NA: September 26, 1996 (Limited) September 29, 1996 (Official)[1]
  • BRA: September 29, 1996
  • EU: March 1, 1997
  • AU: March 1, 1997
Lifespan1996 (1996)–2003 (2003)
  • JP: April 30, 2002
  • AU: May 11, 2003
  • EU: May 16, 2003
  • NA: November 30, 2003
Units soldWorldwide: 32.93 million
Japan: 5.54 million
Americas: 20.63 million
Europe & Australia: 6.75 million
MediaNintendo 64 Game Pak
Magnetic disc (64DD)
CPU64-bit NEC VR4300 @ 93.75 MHz
Memory4 MB Rambus RDRAM (8 MB with Expansion Pak)
Storage64 MB Game Pak
Removable storage256 Kbit (32 KB) Controller Pak
GraphicsSGI RCP @ 62.5 MHz
Sound16-bit, 48 or 44.1 kHz stereo
Controller inputNintendo 64 controller
PowerSwitching power supply, 12V and 3.3V DC
Online servicesRandnet (Japan only)
SharkWire Online (third-party)
Best-selling gameSuper Mario 64, 11.62 million (as of May 21, 2003)[3]
PredecessorSuper Nintendo Entertainment System
SuccessorNintendo GameCube
Related articlesNintendo 64 technical specifications, 64DD, Game Pak, Rumble Pak, games, accessories, color variants, programming characteristics

The Nintendo 64 (commonly abbreviated N64) was the third video game home console released by Nintendo. It was first released in Japan in June 1996 and was meant to compete against the Sony PlayStation and the Sega Saturn. The Nintendo 64 was Nintendo's first console made for 3D 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.

Most notable games[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. IGN Staff (September 27, 1996). "Nintendo 64 Breaks Loose". IGN. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  2. "Consolidated Sales Transition by Region" (PDF). First console by Nintendo. January 27, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 14, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
  3. "All Time Top 20 Best Selling Games". May 21, 2003. Archived from the original on February 21, 2006. Retrieved March 27, 2008.