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The Nintendo 64 Logo.

The Nintendo 64 (commonly abbreviated as N64) is one of the most well-known systems to gamers. It was the first console to integrate 3-D environments and was innovative for its time, alongside the PlayStation. The name of the hardware was chosen simply because graphically, it has 64-bits which the company tried to advertise to the consumers. Many popular game franchises originated from this console such as Banjo-Kazooie, Super Smash Bros,, and Paper Mario.

History

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Console and controller.

This innovative system was released in Europe on March 1st, 1997, North America on September 19 1996, and Japan on June 23rd, 1996. The system was discontinued because of the release of the Nintendo GameCube on April 30th, 2002 in Japan, September 29th, 2003 in North America, and March 1st, 2003 in both Europe and Australia. It was considered the fifth generation in video gaming. About 32.3 million units sold Worldwide which was not very profitable, in fact, it was one of the worst selling Nintendo systems out there. The slogan that was used to advertise the product was "Get N Or Get Out."

In 2006, N64 was ported onto the Wii's Virtual Console service. There are 21 N64 titles for the Wii that you can buy with Wii points.

On April 1st, 2015, N64 was ported onto the Wii U's Virtual Console service, along with the Nintendo DS.

Hardware

The system was developed by Nintendo IRD and the manufacturers are Nintendo and Foxconn. It used a 64-Bit NEC VR4300 at 93.75 MHz. The storage capacity that it has is a 64 MB Game Pak and has a 32 KB Controller Pak for game saves. It used a SGI RCP chip at 62.5 MHz. It used Nintendo 64 Game Paks and could use Magnetic Discs if one considers the Disk Drive accessories upgrade.

Games & Traits

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A screenshot of particular Nintendo 64 games.

The Nintendo 64 was one of the first to use 4-system built controller ports, the first Nintendo console to include an analogue stick on the controller,and the first console to feature the Rumble feature. The best selling video game was Super Mario 64, as that was also the first Mario game to be in a 3-D environment and was also included in most bundles. Unfortunately, the third-party of the N64 was weak, and the N64 had a low amount of games. Some N64 titles are popular topics to discuss.

Popular N64 Games:

  • Super Mario 64
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Star Fox 64
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • Donkey Kong 64
  • Goldeneye 007
  • Perfect Dark
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day
  • Diddy Kong Racing
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
  • Paper Mario
  • Mario Tennis
  • Mario Party Series
  • F-Zero X
  • Pokémon Stadium
  • Pokémon Stadium 2
  • Star Wars Rogue Squadron
  • Star Wars Episode 1 Racer
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Banner for the Super Mario 64 Community

Relation to Miiverse

On 4/1/15, Nintendo 64 Virtual Console for Wii U was released (along with Nintendo DS Virtual Console). The N64 games also have communities on Miiverse. Most of these communities are not very popular and the majority of users on them are kids. Here is a list of all N64 games with communities:

Trivia

  • The console was originally going to be called the "Ultra 64."
  • The codename for the project of the N64 was named "Project Reality."
  • This system is known to be criticized as only being rated so well for being "nostalgia-blinded."

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