Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library
Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library


This system is similar to the Super NES, except with at least 64 megabits. No eject button, though. It can fit up to four controllers. A typical controller contains the Control Pad on the left, a red Start Button on the middle, a green B button, a blue A button, four yellow C buttons, a Control Stick, L and R Buttons on the top, and a Z Button on the back.

This system contains 64-bit graphics and CD quality sound running at 94 MHz, and the capability of being connected simultaneously with a Super NES console on the same TV screen.

The Nintendo 64 was released on June 23, 1996 in Japan, September 29, 1996 in North America, March 1, 1997 in Europe, and later in 1997 in South Korea as the Comboy 64. There were six different colors: Ice Blue, Jungle Green, Watermelon Red, Fire Orange, Grape Purple, and Smoke Gray. In just three days after launch in North America, 350,000 units of the Nintendo 64 were sold. Each unit originally costed $199.95, but that price dropped to $109.99 by 1999, and later to $99.99. The controllers themselves costed $29.99 each. By 2001, almost 33 million units of the Nintendo 64 sold worldwide.


Some notable games for the Nintendo 64 include Super Mario 64 (1996), Yoshi's Story (1997/1998), Donkey Kong 64 (1999), and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000). Only one game (the last one, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3) was released on August 20, 2002, shortly before the Nintendo 64 was discontinued.


There were several accessories for the Nintendo 64, such as the Controller Memory Pak ($14.99), which adds 256 KB of memory; the Expansion Pak ($29.99), which increases the console's memory size from 4 MB to 8 MB, allowing you to play games up to 512 megabits; and the Rumble Pak ($19.99), which adds a "Rumble" feature to your controller when inserted.