The Nintendo 64 (ニンテンドー６４, Nintendō Rokujūyon, NINTENDO64) was a video game console created by Nintendo. It was released in 1996 to compete with the Sega Saturn and PlayStation.
The Nintendo 64 was very popular for many reasons, one of the big ones being the release of Super Mario 64. Super Mario 64 was one of the first games of its kind to feature full 3D graphics and depth of field effects. The Nintendo 64 was able to pull this off because it was the first system to feature a 64-Bit processor and 32-bit graphics chip (aside from the failed Atari Jaguar, which was really 32-bit) The Nintendo 64 also featured the first successful analog control sticks, and four built-in controller ports. The Nintendo 64 was also noted as the last home console system to use cartridges, before Nintendo started using discs like its competitors.
The Nintendo 64 has made a few appearances in Mario games as an easter egg. A Nintendo 64 appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee in the background of the stand where all of the player's trophies are. Francis, from Super Paper Mario also owns a Nintendo 64 as well as a Nintendo GameCube, Virtual Boy and Wii. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of the names that can appear whenever a player presses the random button when they're naming their custom stage is N64, which is a reference to the old system.