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Console with Harvest Moon 64.
|Also known as||N64 abbreviation, Project Reality (code name), Ultra 64 (planned product name)|
|Type||Home video game console|
|Release date||AUS March 1, 1997March 1, 1997 FRA|
|Units sold||Worldwide: 32.93 million|
Japan: 5.54 million
Americas: 20.63 million
Europe & Australia: 6.75 million
|Media||Nintendo 64 Game Pak|
Magnetic disc (64DD)
|Power||Switching power supply, 12V and 3.3V DC|
|CPU||64-bit NEC VR4300 @ 93.75 MHz|
|Memory||4 MB Rambus RDRAM (8 MB with Expansion Pak)|
|Storage||64 MB Game Pak|
|Removable storage||256 Kbit (32 KB) Controller Pak|
|Graphics||SGI RCP @ 62.5 MHz|
|Sound||16-bit, 48 or 44.1 kHz stereo|
|Controller input||Nintendo 64 controller|
|Online services||Randnet (Japan only)|
SharkWire Online (third-party)
|Best-selling game||Super Mario 64, 11.62 million (as of May 21, 2003)|
|Predecessor||Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Related articles||Nintendo 64 technical specifications, 64DD, Game Pak, Rumble Pak, games, accessories, color variants, programming characteristics|
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.
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.
Most notable games
- Donkey Kong 64
- GoldenEye 007
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- Mario Kart 64
- Pokémon Stadium
- Star Fox 64
- Super Mario 64
- Super Smash Bros.
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- The New Tetris
- Diddy Kong Racing
- Wave Race 64
- Banjo Kazooie
- Banjo Tooie
- F-Zero X
- "All Time Top 20 Best Selling Games". May 21, 2003. Archived from the original on February 21, 2006. https://web.archive.org/web/20060221044930/http://www.ownt.com/qtakes/2003/gamestats/gamestats.shtm. Retrieved March 27, 2008.
- Hatfield, Daemon. "Nintendo 64 is number 9". http://www.ign.com/top-25-consoles/9.html. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
- "Consolidated Sales Transition by Region" (PDF). Nintendo. January 27, 2010. Archived from the original on February 24, 2011. https://web.archive.org/web/20110224231631/http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/library/historical_data/pdf/consolidated_sales_e0912.pdf. Retrieved November 25, 2015.