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Nintendo 64 System - Video Game Console

Platform : Nintendo 64
Rated: Everyone
577 customer reviews

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nintendo 64 console

Nintendo first dabbled in video games during the industry's early years of the mid-'70s. Generations of successful gaming console releases through the years led to the much-hyped 1996 launch of Nintendo 64, a system that represented a giant evolutionary leap in video game technology. Within the first three days of launch, hundreds of thousands of gamers hunkered down with Mario 64, considered by many to be one of the greatest video games ever created. Even today, the system's excellent design continues to host an ever-expanding library of breakthrough games.

Nintendo 64's popularity among younger gamers is no surprise. Well-respected games featuring such long-lived and much-loved personalities as Mario (of arcade classic Donkey Kong fame), Zelda, and Banjo-Kazooie are easy to learn and offer enormous replay value. But times are a' changin' and the system's ever-growing library of titles has expanded into every genre of games imaginable, including games better-suited for older gamers. In fact, some of the most acclaimed--in some cases, groundbreaking--games available on any platform today are packed onto N64's old-school cartridges.

Under the system's hood, its appeal to the young certainly didn't produce a less mature gaming machine. On the contrary, the 64-bit system boasts impressive graphics, stereo sound, and numerous accessory enhancements, including a high-resolution pack that boosts graphics to awe-inspiring resolutions.

Start your library with Goldeneye 007, Mario 64, Banjo Kazooie, Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, and Star Wars: Episode One Racer--these titles represent a decent start to any N64 cartridge library.

With the recent launch of Sega's Dreamcast system, Nintendo 64 is being left behind as the leader in video game technology. And with newer game systems featuring CD-based games, the system's expensive cartridge format is proving itself an archaic and unconventional storage format. But, at a sub-$100 recommended retail price, innovative accessory enhancements and a great library of games keep the system's rabid fan base satisfied, if not eager for Nintendo's next evolutionary step. --Eric Twelker

Product Details

  • ASIN: B00002DHEV
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 20 inches ; 2.8 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 29, 1996
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (577 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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80 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Robert Evans on August 31, 2005
The Nintendo 64 in my opinion was the best console Nintendo ever made(and yes I did own a SNES for a very long time untill it died on me)and it is in my mind better then the nintendo gamecube. The console came out around 1996 and launched some amazing games that I'm going to get into in just abit but first let me say that this is also one of my favorite consoles, it had great games, the quality and quantity were magneficent and just about everything about this console is great now how does it sum up?

Sound-Some good some bad but in the end it was acctually far more worse then the Playstation(the first of course)which was such a huge let down for some of the Nintendo fans, I mean I'll be honest it was so mushy in some games it's not even funny! It's a shame cause most of the sound is what brings scores down for games in the gaming industry(seriously it does)but for me the amazing games just make up for it

Graphics-Um........were all of you as shocked as I was when we saw Mario in a full 3d world? If your answe was yes then you are correct, the visuals in N64 were far more superior then the Playstaion and put out some of the best looking vidoe games of it's time(and to me some games that are still good looking to this day). The visuals were just jaw dropping, awe and looks of amazement for me. Simply put...Nintendo scored big time in the graphics departure. It broke out of the 2d cartoony look and braught us new and exciting/pretty looking games of 96 to 2000.

Memory Card-I can't say much other then like the Dreamcast VMU, the memory card with Rumble pack was just awesome...Nuff said

Games- Where the heck do I start? The games for the Nintendo 64 were some of the best games ever created on a console.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jill on June 26, 2007
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I missed a couple of generations of consoles during late high school and college, so now I'm catching up. I bought this as a Valentine's gift for my husband specifically so we could play Smash Bros. (since that's how we spent many nights in college), and it's as fun now as it was then. I have very little to say against Nintendo in general, and this is no exception; it's a great console with some great games available.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Chris on August 11, 2005
This system is as good as any system out today. But that's if you are judging it by its games. The games are great! You can buy games from the mario and sonic series AS WELL as games about sports, starfox, and star wars. However, as fun and enjoyable these games are, you can't expect to play them with good graphics or online capabilities. But it still has the best graphics of its time. Also, since online capabilities for video games were "unheard of" in the mid-90s you can't blame the system for not having them. Overall, it is a great, fun, and durable system and is worth every one of its "five stars."
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1999
I am a diehard computer user and have played countless PC gamesfrom the days of cassette tape storage. Lately however, the PC gameson multiple CD's have become a huge pain to load and a hog of hard disk space. Then the configuration troubles begin. I have a still-current PC (Pentium 233 MMX) with adequate RAM, WIN98, fast PCI video card and hardware acceleration for graphics. But the games are becoming so demanding of the computer hardware that I would be forced to upgrade yet again to acquire the latest STAR WARS games such as Rebel Assault! The cost would have been a couple hundred bucks. So instead, I took the advice of my daughters (ages 8 and 15) and we tried a friend's Sony Playstation. We tried all his games and couldn't really get into any of them. So we tried his N64 and a few games; Goldeneye, SF Rush,Zelda. Within a few seconds we were chasing each other around in the Bond game, or crashing and laughing in Rush. We were hooked. So I did not upgrade my PC yet again - instead I took a couple hundred bucks and bought the N64 and a few games. My daughters and I have something we can all enjoy together and I am very impressed with the speed and clarity of the graphics and sound. The N64 is a great gaming platform. There are loads of very high quality games- and each game is faster to load, consistently more playable and more fun than either the PC or the Playstation version. It made a believer out of me! END
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49 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Junebug Spade on September 28, 2000
when you cruise down the videogame aisle of your local toys r us and see 100 games for sale for the playstation, versus 50 for n64, you might get the impression that with more games, the playstation is better. it just isn't so. a quick comparison between the two: 1) the n64 comes with 4 controller ports out of the box, while playstion has two. 2) the n64 pioneered "forced feedback" in their controllers. it wasn't until well after the n64's release that sony saw the benefit of that feature and made their own forced feedback controller. 3) no load times on n64 games. 4) although people seem to loathe cartridges, a very valid point is that they are a very durable storage medium (especially if you have children) - drop a cart, brush it off and keep going. drop a ps cd-rom, might as well buy a new game. 5) the game libraries. using the scenario above, 100 ps games to 50 n64 games, you can easily get overwhelmed in the playstation section because of an oversaturation of tried-and-true genres. looking for a racing game? well which one do you choose because there are 15 of them to pick from. on top of that, which one is any good? tried-and-true genres also apply to n64 games, but game quality is usually far more superior. take super mario 64 versus, say... crash bandicoot on playstation. both mascot games. the difference? one sits in the list of "greatest games ever made", while the other is a wanna be. take goldeneye - one of the greatest console shooters of all time, versus a playstion counterpart of ...? you got me. legend of zelda: ocarina of time versus a playstation counterpart of ...? you fill in the blank. you get the idea though. one genre the playstation gets its due over n64 - rpg's. in my opinion, that is the only arena where playstation shines.Read more ›
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