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Video game console - Nintendo 64 (N64)

    Nintendo 64 (commonly abbreviated as N64) was Nintendo's third home video game console designed not only for Japanese but also for international market. It received its name according to the 64-bit processor it was equipped with, although it actually used only a 32-bit bus, so it ranks into a 32-bit console era. N64 was first launched in Japan on June 23, 1996. Only three months later, it appeared on markets in the USA or Brazil. European customers could buy this console for the first time in March 1997. The Nintendo 64 was the last video game console using cartridges to distribute the games. It has remained on the world markets until 2003, when it was definitively pushed out by its successor and more advanced console GameCube.
     At the beginning of the 1990s, Nintendo clearly dominated the world market of video game consoles, namely thanks to the legendary console Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), which sold more than 60 million units. Sales of NES began to decline during the Japanese economic recession. Nintendo's position as a world leader has kept by NES successor - famous Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) console. In the mid-1990s, in Japan, serious Nintendo competitors began to grow: long-time rival Sega and a relatively young, but dynamic company Sony. If Nintendo did not want to risk losing its dominant position, it had to develop a successor to SNES, capable of competing with the fifth-generation consoles of Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation that were available since the end of 1994.
     Nintendo planned to release a new console for Japanese market in Christmas in 1995. But due to unexpected chips problems, the official release date has been shifted to June next year. The console's launch price was planned to be about 250 USD, but as a result of lower prices of competitive consoles Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation, launch price of Nintendo 64 was set to 200 USD. During the first day of sales, all 300,000 consoles, which were shipped to Japanese shops, were sold out and three days later the second delivery of 200,000 pieces disappeared as quickly as possible. Also, in the United States, the console sold very well and 350,000 units disappeared in US households during the first three days. In total, Nintendo has sold 33 million units worldwide, which is only half against NES, on the other hand, Nintendo 64 has been on the market for only 7 years, while NES almost 20!
     Nintendo 64 was launched with just two game titles: Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64. The announced game Cruis'n USA was at the last minute withdrawn from the list of starting titles because did not meet Nintendo’s quality criteria. It should be noted that Nintendo 64 received generally positive reviews right from its launch. Critics appreciated realistic movement and gameplay provided by the combination of fast graphics processing and pressure-sensitive controller. For the console, a number of titles have emerged, which later experts have described as games with historically the greatest influence on the further development of the video game industry. Among the most influential games belong 'The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time' or 'GoldenEye 007'. On the other hand, Nintendo continued to apply its strict policy of minimal violence, blood and sex, which resulted in fact that many video game companies publishing their titles rather on competitive consoles, especially on the PlayStation. Thanks to that, Nintendo has lost its position as a leader in world markets.
     For Nintendo 64, a total of 388 games were created. Just for comparison, the main competitors of Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation had an approximate number of 600 or 1100 titles respectively. Even so, Nintendo 64 gave birth to a number of legendary series. Their life began here such series as 'Banjo-Kazooie' or 'Turok: Dinosaur Hunter'. The maximum size of game ROM for the N64 was limited by the storage capacity of used cartridges 64 MB, which was a another drawback compared to the competitive consoles that could host games up to 650 MB large. The console itself used the 93.75 MHz 64-bit NEC VR 4300 processor and the 62.5 MHz SGI RCP graphics chip. The RAM was limited to 4 MB, which was not enough for many games. This was solved by the so-called Expansion Pack, which helped expand the memory to 8 MB. The great advantage of the N64 was the ability to connect up to 4 gamepads simultaneously.
     To date (March 2018), almost 22 years have passed since this legendary console Nintendo 64 was released. During that time, the whole generation of players who grew up with it become adult and many of them already have their own children playing with the latest versions of the eighth-generation consoles. For those that N64 has been accompanying their adolescence, Nintendo 64 will remain forever Console No. 1.

Alphabetical list of the games for N64 hosted at

Name Released Number of hits User rating
1080° Snowboarding 1998 24790x 46%
All-Star Baseball 99 1998 6613x 68%
Automobili Lamborghini 1997 50682x 58%
Banjo-Kazooie 1998 147008x 69%
Blast Corps 1997 9464x 61%
Body Harvest 1998 9925x 58%
Carmageddon 64 1999 92679x 44%
Castlevania 64 1999 39632x 53%
Chopper Attack 1997 8846x 50%
Cruis'n World 1996 5707x 63%
Cruis’n USA 1994 94381x 55%
Diddy Kong Racing 1997 8634x 60%
Disney's Tarzan 1999 13983x 56%
Doom 64 1997 298377x 63%
Duke Nukem 64 1997 27748x 59%
Excitebike 64 2000 41389x 47%
FIFA Soccer 64 1997 7234x 66%
GoldenEye 007 1997 369103x 61%
Killer Instinct Gold 1996 80231x 59%
Lode Runner 3-D 1999 12307x 52%
Mario Kart 64 1996 0x 53%
Mega Man Legends 1997 30803x 73%
Mortal Kombat 4 1997 273336x 64%
Mortal Kombat Trilogy 1996 35052x 70%
Mystical Ninja Starring ... 1997 10295x 68%
NBA Hangtime 1996 2486x 80%
Paper Mario 2000 0x 76%
Pilotwings 64 1996 37580x 55%
Pokémon Snap 1999 0x 61%
Quake 1996 754x 75%
Road Rash 64 1999 13990x 55%
Spider-Man 2000 23583x 61%
Star Fox 64 1997 12736x 68%
Super Mario 64 1996 0x 66%
Super Smash Bros. 1999 0x 69%
Superman 64 1999 9343x 52%
Top Gear Rally 1997 25060x 48%
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter 1997 14927x 68%
Virtual Chess 64 1998 48665x 61%
WG's 3D Hockey 1996 26642x 70%
Wave Race 64 1996 6810x 52%
Zelda: Majora's Mask 2000 0x 73%
Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998 0x 69%

All information in this article are taken from Wikipedia:

Nintendo 64
Console Nintendo 64 with cartridge
and grey controller from 1996.

Technical data:
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Generation: Fifth
Retail availability: June 1996 (Japan)
September 1996 (USA)
March 1997 (Europe and Australia)
Discontinued: 2002 (Japan)
2003 (EU, AU, USA)
Units sold: 33 million (As of 2010)
Media: ROM cartridge
Processor (CPU): 64-bit NEC VR4300
@ 93.75 MHz
Screen resolution: from 320 × 240 pixels
up to 640 × 480 pixels
Colors: 16.8 million
Controller input: Nintendo 64 controller
Manual: Nintendo_64.pdf
Best-selling game: Super Mario 64
(12 million)
Predecessor: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1990)
Successor: GameCube (2001)

Most popular N64 games:

N64: Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64

N64: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

N64: GoldenEye 007 GoldenEye 007


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