Nintendo 64

fifth-generation home video game console by Nintendo

The Nintendo 64 (commonly abbreviated N64) was the third home video game 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.

Nintendo 64
Nintendo 64.jpg
Console with Harvest Moon 64.
Also known asN64 abbreviation, Project Reality (code name), Ultra 64 (planned product name)
DeveloperNintendo IRD
ManufacturerNintendo
TypeHome video game console
GenerationFifth generation
Release date
  • JP: June 23, 1996
  • NA: September 26, 1996 (Limited) September 29, 1996 (Official)[1]
  • EU: March 1, 1997
  • AUS: March 1, 1997
  • KOR: March 1, 1997
  • FRA: September 1997
  • BRA: December 10, 1997
  • IND: December 2000
  • CHN: November 17, 2003 (iQue Player)
Lifespan1996 (1996)–2003 (2003)
Discontinued
  • AUS: May 11, 2003
  • EU: May 16, 2003
  • NA: November 30, 2003
  • KOR: 2003
  • BRA: 2003
  • CHN: December 31, 2016 (iQue Player)
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
Websitewww.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/nintendo64/index.jsp

Because making games for the Nintendo 64 was more expensive than making games for the PlayStation, many video game companies chose develop for the Playstation 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. Production for the system ceased in Japan in 2002 and in 2003 worldwide.

ReceptionEdit

In 2015, IGN named the Nintendo 64 the ninth-greatest video game console of all time.[4]

SalesEdit

5.54 million Nintendo 64 units were sold in Japan, 20.63 million in the Americas, and 6.75 million in other regions, a total of 32.93 million units.[5]

Most notable gamesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. IGN Staff (September 27, 1996). "Nintendo 64 Breaks Loose". IGN. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  2. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/library/historical_data/pdf/consolidated_sales_e0912.pdf
  3. "All Time Top 20 Best Selling Games". May 21, 2003. Archived from the original on February 21, 2006. Retrieved March 27, 2008.
  4. Hatfield, Daemon. "Nintendo 64 is number 9". IGN. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  5. "Consolidated Sales Transition by Region" (PDF). Nintendo. January 27, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 24, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2015.