Nintendo's system made to compete with the Sony Playstation and SEGA Saturn. The 64 got it's name because it was 64 bit, unlike the PSX and Saturn which were 32 bit.
The 64 was the first console with an analog stick and the first console with a vibrating controller. However being a cartridge based system, it had inferior sound quality. But becuase it was a cartridge based system it was very reliable (Good luck finding a broken one.) Also cartridges have less space on them then CDs, so Nintendo lost alot of 3rd party support. Cartridges are expensive and companies didn't want to pay tons to put a huge game across multiple cartridges.
The 64 had smoother graphics then any other console that generation, though the colour palette had heaps of crappy oranges and such.
The 64's controller was revolutionary, but crap. The analog stick could be worn out quickly (If you want your controller to last stay away from Mario Party.) Also the c buttons were hard to reach.
Some popular 64 games are: Super Smash Bros, Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, F-Zero X, Mario Party, Mario Tennis, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Perfect Dark, GoldenEye 007, Conker's Bad Fur Day and Lylatwars.
The Nintendo 64 was revolutionary, yet it had a crap controller and little 3rd party support. Overall, it has enough great games to warrant a purchase.
by Marbarian August 24, 2005
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nintendo 64 was the shit.
by DizzyLizzy February 15, 2007
A great system that had quite a few awesome games, like oot and Goldeneye. Unfortunatly, it suffred from many of the problems that come with the limitations of using Cartriges, such as a lack of any CD Audio (meaning they had to use MIDI, which is shitty)
Goldeneye was a fucking awesome game
by I hate your Emo Haircut December 11, 2004
The Nintendo64 was the first console that offered serious 3D graphics processing. It had an unusual development, the result of a partnership between Nintendo and Silicon Graphics, and the system was based on technology used in Silicon Graphics high-end MIPS-based workstations, using a custom R4300i chipset - and the entire system retailing less than $300, was a remarkable feat at the time. As such, the system was far ahead of it's time. The casing was a very durable, hard plastic design, cart, instead of CD based, and featured an unusual controller that was ergonomically superior to anything before it - and turned out later, ideally suited to first person and fighting games. The Nintendo64 enjoyed a long life, and several historically significant games developed natively for the system that remain to this day benchmarks in game design.
Person 1: "Dude, remember the first time you saw Mario 64 on display? That was what real next gen was all about."

Person 2: "Yeah, I first saw the title screen, ran over, pushed away all the little kids shoving Mario's mustache up his nose, man did my Playstation games look tired then. I'll never forget that."
by JM July 21, 2005
one of the best gaming consoles of all time incuded: Ocarina of time, Golden eye, Mario 64, Star Fox 64 and donkey kong 64
lets play Ocarina of time (the best game of all time) on the Nintendo 64
by Dislecsic Duck July 07, 2005
The best video game thingy ever. Plus, if it stopped working, all you had to do was blow on the game and it magically worked again.
Kid-Nintendo 64 is retarded. I have Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, PS, PS2, et cetera.

Me-So why would you get all those game systems and spend tons of money on them when you could just play Nintendo 64 and have just as much, if not more, fun?

Kid-So I can brag to all my friends. All I want is to fit in. **cries**
by holly the ginger kid. June 03, 2007
The greatest game system of all time, hands down. N64 is what kept me sane from 2nd grade to my freshman year in high school.
And on the eighth day, God said: Let there be Zelda on Nintendo 64! And God saw that this was, and it was good.
by A-Whack March 12, 2008
An awesome console system. i absolutly love the one in my house.
Its the only 64bit computer in my house.
had a wealth of great titles like perfect dark and goldeneye
Hey wanna come play perfect dark?
by eroa August 05, 2005

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