Gaming Consoles- Nintendo 64: (1996)

There were many game consoles that was released in the 90’s that feature 16-bit, 32-bit, and 64 bit entertainment.  In the 80’s emphasis in the gaming world was placed on 8-bit gaming while shifting to 16-bit and 32-bit gaming in the early 90’s.  During the mid to late 90’s everything started to change and gaming companies started focuses on 64-bit gameplay, graphics, and titles.  One of the most memorable game consoles of the 90’s included the Nintendo 64 which was originally released in the countries of Japan and America in 1996.  Before the Nintendo 64 was released there was so much anticipation because most of the Super Nintendo games were great because it included nice graphics along with great BGM’s for many of its top games such as Mario Kart,  MegaMan X, Castlevania and many others.

When the Nintendo 64 started out as project reality during its developmental phase we had no idea what to expect.  But was many people worldwide waited in anticipation for its release they were still enjoying classic SNES games since they were difficult complete.  When the Nintendo 64 was released there were various franchises that were popular on preceding 2D Nintendo consoles that became 3D such as Super Mario, StarFox, Donkey Kong, F-Zero, The Legend of Zelda and others.  During the mid  to late 90’s it was tough for many people to decide which game console was the most entertaining between Sony PlayStation, Nintendo 64 Sega Saturn, and the Dreamcast.  Unlike, the PlayStation the console the Nintendo 64 did not require the use of a multi-tap since it was built for up to four players.  The Nintendo 64 was probably the best for multiplayer games and would be considered one of the best for parties.

Speaking of parties the Nintendo 64 is where the Mario Party series made its debut in 1998.  Since its debut Mario Party has become a very popular series for Nintendo that continues to make new games almost every year.  Since its release the Nintendo 64 has seen some great titles such as Mario Kart 64, StarFox 64,Banjo-Kazooie, GoldenEye 007, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.  Out of all the game released for the Nintendo 64 the best selling gaming included Super Mario 64.  The popular titles released exclusively for the Nintendo 64 helped the console itself sell over 32 million units worldwide with America having the most buys.  Despite having a high volume of sales it did not come quite as close as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System which sold over 49 million units worldwide.  However, the Nintendo 64 still managed to sell more than its predecessor Nintendo GameCube which sold over 21 millions worldwide.

The price for the Nintendo 64 game console was approximately $199 after its initial release which was around $100 less from the original Sony PlayStation with tax included.  The Nintendo 64 was priced almost at half the price as the Sega Saturn when it was first released.  It would be safe to say that along with fair pricing, good marketing, and innovative features that the Nintendo 64 was a popular choice for  a game console despite the all the other choices including Dreamcast and the Neo Geo CD.  The Nintendo 64 along with many other game consoles of the 90’s played a significant role in shaping the landscape of gaming during the 90’s and the 00’s.  Despite, not selling as much as the Super Nintendo the N64 still sold millions of units worldwide making Project Reality a success overall.


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