The Nintendo 64, often abbreviated to N64, is a 64 bit console released by Nintendo. It was released in Japan and North America in 1996, and Europe in 1997. It sold just under 34 million units worldwide. It was discontinued in 2001/2002. The system was a direct competitor to the Sony Playstation, and later the Dreamcast and Playstation 2. It was superseded by Nintendo's Gamecube. The console sold well, but had to settle for second in the console war of the mid-to-late nineties, just in front of the Sega Dreamcast, and behind the Sony Playstation. It had two launch titles, the best-selling Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64. The system and it's accessories, especially controllers, came in a huge assortment of colors, with limited edition models even have been given away in competitions.
The Nintendo 64 controller has three hand grips; one on the left, one in the center and another on the right respectively. The left side of the controller has a d-pad, very similar to that of the Gameboy Color's, but a little larger in size. The center of the controller has an analog thumbstick, with the Z button, often referred to as the "trigger" on the back. The Start button is located in the center of the controller. The right of the controller has four C buttons, which act like a d-pad and both an A and a B button. The top of the controller contains the L and R shoulder buttons, also referred to as the "triggers", although not technically correct, as they are not analog components.
The Nintendo's processor is that of the NEC VR4300, the most powerful processor in the fifth generation console market at the time, clocking at 93.75 MHz.
Video: The Nintendo 64 had one multi-out port, which allowed RCA connections, the same cable being used for the Super Nintendo and the Gamecube. There was also an RF module which plugged into this port, where it became a possibility to run an RF/Coaxial cable connection.
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