Nintendo 64

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The North American Nintendo 64.

The Nintendo 64 is a fifth-generation video game console created by Nintendo. It was first released in 1996 in Japan and North America.

I first played a Nintendo 64 after a high school friend bought one. I first watched him play Super Mario 64 and played a little myself. While I was a bit impressed with the look of the game, and found the controller to be ergonomically comfortable, I didn't care much for how you controlled Mario, the poor camera following, or the strange looking goombas and koopas. I later saw Mario Kart 64 being played which I was more impressed with. A different high school friend bought one to play the upcoming Zelda game, but after it failed to meet its release date, he returned it and got a PlayStation instead. Not seeing a game that I really needed to have, I never bought an N64, and, looking back, I'm glad I didn't. Years later, I bought one at a garage sale for about $10, and a couple games, but I still didn't play it very much.


I own an original gray Nintendo 64 and a transparent green one.


See all Nintendo 64 Games.

Of the games I've played on the system, I have particularly enjoyed:



  • There were a couple of great games released solely for the platform.
  • The N64 controller is very well-designed for many of the 3D games made specifically for the system.


  • Too few games were released for the platform. In contrast, 715 games were released for the NES, 783 for the SNES, but the Nintendo 64 only had 388 games. And a lot of those games were pretty awful.
  • While the N64 controller was certainly innovative, it was awful for traditional side-view or top-down view 2D games.