History of video games/Fifth generation of video game consoles/Nintendo 64
"Change the System" and "Get N or Get Out"
The Nintendo 64 was proceeded by the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Famicom.
The Nintendo 64 would be the first major home console released by Nintendo with no significant regional differences between American, European, and Japanese releases, The analog stick on the N64 controller was designed by Genyo Takeda. though the China focused iQue player would depart from the design standard of the system.
A chip shortage in early 1996 delayed the launch of the Nintendo 64 in North America to fall.
The Nintendo 64 was launched in the United States in September of 1996 at a price of $200.
In North America the Nintendo 64 was discontinued in 2003.
The Nintendo 64 sold 32.93 million consoles, and 224.97 million software titles.
The Nintendo 64 was succeeded by the Nintendo GameCube.
A notable lasting legacy of the Nintendo 64 is the gaming journalism outlet IGN, which got its start as an online news outlet focused on the Nintendo 64.
In 2003 the iQue player was released as a version of the N64 with enhancements and modifications for the Chinese market.
The iQue Player ceased receiving updates and new games in 2006. Ten years later on December 31st 2016, iQue game download support officially ended. By 2018 the service was fully shuttered. Also in 2018, community members figure out how to unofficially access the iQue software
N64's push to SGI style pixels was technologically premature.—John Carmack, Tweet on February 21st, 2013.
The CPU of the Nintendo 64 is a 64-bit NEC VR4300 (Compatible with the SGI RISC R4300i) MIPS III architecture processor clocked at 93.75 megahertz. Despite having a 64 bit CPU, more efficient 32 bit operations were often used by developers.
The Nintendo 64 uses a SGI Reality Co-Processor clocked at 62.5 megahertz, combining the Reality Immersion Processor GPU and Reality Signal Processor Audio system on a single chip. The GPU alone is capable of 500 MIPS, and can render 150,000 polygons a second.
The Nintendo 64 is capable of 100 megaflops.
Official Nintendo 64 Cartridges had a maximum capacity of 64MB. Because of the expense of cartridges, Nintendo 64 games cost much more than games for other systems on CD. To compensate for limited space on cartridges, developers were encouraged to use dynamic music progmatically rather then recorded but static soundtracks.
Nintendo 64 DD
A version was produced for an American release, but was ultimately never sold.
Special editions and versions of the console.
- Starlight Gaming Station - Kiosk for hospital use.
- McDonalds Kiosk - A kiosk using a Nintendo 64 for use in McDonalds restaurants.
Super Mario 64
Read more about Super Mario 64 on Wikipedia.
Diddy Kong Racing
The Diddy Kong Racing soundtrack was shaped to be like Diddy Kong's head, an unusual choice.
Read more about Diddy Kong Racing on Wikipedia.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Wipeout 64
- Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
- Space Station Silicon Valley
- Quest 64
- Mario Party
- Hey You, Pikachu! - One of two games to use the Voice Recognition Unit.
- F-Zero X
- 1080° Snowboarding
- Super Smash Bros.
- Turok: Rage Wars
- Superman 64
- Star Wars Episode I: Racer
- Pokémon Stadium
- Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Mario Golf
- Jet Force Gemini
- Mario Party 2
- Harvest Moon 64
- Donkey Kong 64
- Paper Mario
- Perfect Dark
- The World Is Not Enough
- Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion
- StarCraft 64
- Star Wars Episode I: Battle for Naboo
- Pokémon Stadium 2
- Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine
- Sin and Punishment
- Ridge Racer 64
- Mega Man 64
- Mario Party 3
- Mario Tennis
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- Excitebike 64
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Read more about The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask at Wikipedia.
A number of notable titles saw release after the platform was officially discontinued.
Read more about 40 Winks on Wikipedia.
Dinosaur Planet had previously been released under a different name following a significant overhaul. Read more about Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube on Wikipedia.
The Nintnedo backed iQue Player released in 2003 exclusively in mainland China, and was an all in one system that played Nintendo 64 games.
There is a WikiBook on N64 Programming.
Archived web materials
- Video Game Console Library - Nintendo 64 page with technical info.
- Video Game Console Library - Nintendo 64 DD page with technical info.
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