Nintendo 64

Published: July 7, 2021

The Nintendo 64, often abbreviated as N64, is Nintendo's third home video game console for the international market. Named for its 32/64-bit processor, it was released on June 23, 1996 in Japan, September 29, 1996 in North America, March 1, 1997 in Europe and Australia, and September 1, 1997 in France (the system also saw a release in South America, in partnership with Gradiente Eletrônica S/A). It was released with two launch games (Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64) plus one in Japan. The N64's suggested retail price was US$199, $330 in today's money (2021), at its launch and it was later marketed with the slogan: "Get N, or get Out!"

Nintendo 64

The console in the standard N64 bundle was dark gray, nearly black. A Jungle Green color was first available with the Donkey Kong 64 bundle. The Funtastic Series used brightly-colored, translucent plastic. Nintendo released a banana-like Nintendo 64 controller for the debut of Donkey Kong 64 in the United States.

The Millennium 2000 controller was a special silver controller in the United States. It is the only official Nintendo 64 controller to feature all black buttons. The first ever gold controller was released by a contest from the Nintendo Power magazine as part of a drawing. One was also released with shorter "arms" that for most made it hard to use.

A gold Nintendo 64 controller was packaged along with the GoldenEye 007 console pack in the UK. Nintendo released a gold controller for the debut of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in Japan.

Soon after, N64 bundle packs of the game, controller and gold Nintendo 64 were released for the US and PAL markets. The Pokémon Edition Nintendo 64, with a Pokémon sticker on the left side, included the "Pokémon: I Choose You" video. The Pokémon Pikachu Nintendo 64 had a large yellow Pikachu model on a blue Nintendo 64. It has a different footprint than the standard Nintendo 64 console, and the expansion port is covered. It also shipped with a unique blue Pokémon controller, and orange in Japan.

It is believed that the Limited Edition Star Wars bundle, which was available only during time of release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and came bundled with Star Wars: Episode I Racer, and had what seemed like a differently colored dark black version of the Nintendo 64. But it is actually the exact same dark gray color as the regular Nintendo 64, and the "Limited Edition" on the box refers to the bundle itself, not the console.

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What's your Nintendo 64 worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
Nintendo Pokemon Jungle Set Jungle Set Pokemon Jungle Set Jungle Set Complete 06/2021 $ 23 725.33
Nintendo Super Smash Bros WATA 8 0 A Super Smash Bros WATA 8 0 A Factory 05/2021 $ 23 598.82
Nintendo Super Smash Bros N64 Nintendo Super Smash Bros N64 Nintendo 64 Factory 05/2021 $ 11 918.00
Nintendo Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time VGA 80 07/2021 $ 11 798.82
Nintendo Super Mario Mario Kart 64 N64 Super Mario Mario Kart 64 N64 Nintendo 06/2021 $ 10 502.00
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Steven - January 6, 2020
I won the n64 gold controller from the Mario kart contest. I opened box and read the congratulations paper, I never plugged in the controller. I have the box mailed to me and entire contents of the box, packaging n controller. I cannot find one ever sold, so I cannot put a price on the complete package as I am looking to sell my controller, But I would like to receive a fair price. Would you have a valuation or an interest ? Ty, Steven
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