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|Discontinued||Japan - April 30, 2002|
Australia - May 11, 2003
Europe - May 16, 2003
North America - November 30, 2003
China - December 31, 2016 (iQue Player)
The Nintendo 64 (also called N64) was the third home console released by Nintendo. It was released mid-1996, mainly to compete with the Sega Saturn and Playstation. The N64 was a very popular system of it's time, mainly because of the game, Super Mario 64. It was one of the first games to feature 3D graphics. It was also the first system to have a 64-bit proccessor and a 32-bit graphics chip. Also, the system contained the first ever successful analog stick, with 4 controller ports located at the front of the system. It was the
last home console to still use cartridges, while other manufacturers were moving on to compact discs. The GameCube marked Nintendo's start to use discs.
The Nintendo 64 contained a large variety of games. Most hits were first party titles, such as Super Mario 64, Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart 64, Mario Party 1, 2, and 3, Paper Mario, Star Fox 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and F-Zero X. N64 production was ceased in 2002 in Japan and in 2003 in Australia, Europe, and North America in 2003. The Nintendo 64 sold 32.93 million units during its life time.
The Nintendo 64 Controller
The N64's controller was a very unique controller of it's time. There are three grips on the controller, opposed to the usual two. This may have been because Nintendo thought that the 3D graphics of some games may have not caught on or have been popular, so they moved the control stick to the middle.
The Nintendo 64's controller came in many different different colors. A matching color controller may have been included in a console of the same color.
- C- Up, Down, Left, Right
- Analog Stick