The Nintendo 64 was a fifth generation video game console. It was first released in Japan on June 23, 1996, with international releases proceeding in the following months. It was first revealed as the Ultra 64, but was later to change to the Nintendo 64, as Ultra 64 was simply a prototype name.
It was the last Nintendo home console to utilise cartridges. It was released with two launch games: Pilotwings 64 and Super Mario 64, with a RRP of around $200. The Nintendo 64 had to compete against Sony's PlayStation and Sega's 32X, Sega Saturn and Sega Dreamcast.
The Nintendo 64 sold around 32 million units in its 7 year life span. It was eventually discontinued worldwide in 2003, supersceded by the Nintendo GameCube.
The Nintendo 64DD was a planned add-on for the Nintendo 64. It was to expand the RAM of the Nintendo 64, to allow for more expansive games. Many developers planned their games to utilise this, such as Earthbound 64, Donkey Kong 64, Banjo Kazooie and even Ocarina of Time.
Unfortunately, the 64DD didn't take off as expected. Only a few games were released for it before it was ultimately cancelled. This left developers that were to rely on the 64DD two choices: either rework the game for a cartridge, or simply scrap the game. This led to the cancellation of many 64DD games.
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