About 2 weeks ago I managed to pick up a near-mint Nintendo 64 console in original packaging. Finding anything new for my gaming collection is always exciting and finding items close to mint condition in the box is a bonus. I also picked up a few games shortly after getting this (which I’ll go into in separate posts) but the addition of a Nintendo 64 to my collection brings back many fond childhood memories of sitting around the couch in summer with friends playing Goldeneye 007 and Perfect Dark split-screen.
The Nintendo 64 is one of my most favoured consoles of all time and holds nice collectors appear as it was the very last console based on cartridges including Nintendo’s last also.
Thee Nintendo 64 , often referred to as N64 (stylized as NINTENDO, formerly known as the Nintendo Ultra 64, and codenamed Project Reality) is Nintendo’s third home video game console for the international market. Named for its 64-bit central processing unit, it was released in June 1996 in Japan, September 1996 in North America, March 1997 in Europe and Australia, September 1997 in France and December 1997 in Brazil. It is Nintendo’s last home console to use ROM cartridges to store games (Nintendo switched to a MiniDVD-based format for the successor GameCube); handhelds in the Game Boy line, however, continued to use Game Paks. As part of the fifth generation of gaming, it primarily competed with the Sony PlayStation and the Sega Saturn. The N64 was discontinued in 2003 in Japan Europe North America and PAL regions by the launch of Nintendo’s GameCube. source: wikipedia.com
The library of games on the Nintendo 64 is not as extended as it’s direct competitor of the time the Sony Playstation, but personally in my opinion what the game library for the Nintendo 64 lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. Nintendo have always ruled their developers with an iron fist, so the majority of titles released for the Nintendo 64 were first-party developed games.