The Nintendo 64, also called the N64, is Nintendo's 3rd video game console for the international market. Named for its 32/64-bit processor, it was released on September 29, 1996 in North America, March 1, 1997 in Europe and Australia, and September 1, 1997 in France. It was released with two launch games (Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64) plus one in Japan. The console was later marketed with the slogan: "Get N, or get Out!"
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 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 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 console, and the expansion port is covered. It also shipped with a unique blue Pokémon controller, and orange in Japan.
Looking for a used N64 for your collection? Have a look at the sales list on this page to see if you can find a nice system. If you find one boxed in near new condition, these consoles can be a pretty good investment! Always ask the seller if you have any doubts, or ask for detailed photographs.
Looking for the instructions?
Download here the Nintendo 64 manual (PDF).
What's your Nintendo 64 worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.
|Pokemon Jungle Set Jungle Set Complete||06/2021||$ 23 285.71|
|The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time VGA||09/2021||$ 16 303.88|
|Nintendo 64 Super Mario 64 85 NM First||07/2021||$ 15 933.55|
|Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time VGA 80||07/2021||$ 11 597.84|
|Sealed Super Mario 64 Zelda Wind Waker||09/2021||$ 11 599.00|
|See all sold items on eBay for more prices||10/2021||-.--|