Nintendo 64
Manufacturer Nintendo
Release 1996
Added to museum January 20, 2018


The Nintendo 64, the fourth home video game console released by Nintendo, was first released in 1996.

Development

Sony announced the PlayStation, which was at the time a CD-ROM addon for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System at the Consumer Electronics Show in 1991. However, since the system would use a Sony-developed Super Disc format, Sony would have a large deal of control over the system. As a result, Nintendo tried to negotiate a better deal with Philips. This led to both deals falling through, and the add-on was never released. Philips released the CD-i in 1991, and Sony released the PlayStation as a stand-alone console in 1994.

In the meantime, Nintendo was working on their follow-up to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. They opted to go with cartridges rather than CD-ROM media, as it would allow Nintendo to have more control over the production of games for the system. Cartridges would also allow games on the Nintendo 64 to load faster than the games on the systems by its competitors.

They marketed it as a 64-bit system to try to gain an edge on their competitors, but the lack of space when compared to competition hurt the system. As the cartridges were more expensive to produce than compact disc media,Nintendo also had a hard time getting third party support for their system. The Nintendo 64 went on to sell more units worldwide with 32.93 million units compared to the 9.26 million Saturn units that Sega sold. However, the Sony PlayStation outsold both systems combined with 102.49 million units.

Nintendo 64 games owned by WEC Museum

Title Developer Released Added to the Museum Notes
Donkey Kong 64 Rare 1999 January 20, 2018 Bundled with the jungle green Nintendo 64 set.

Emulated Nintendo 64 games owned by WEC Museum

Title Developer Released Added to the Museum Notes
Blast Corps Rare 1997 September 16, 2016 The WEC Museum owns Rare Replay for Xbox One, in which Blast Corps is included.
Conker's Bad Fur Day Rare 2001 September 16, 2016 The WEC Museum owns Rare Replay for Xbox One, in which Conker's Bad Fur Day is included.
Jet Force Gemini Rare 1999 September 16, 2016 The WEC Museum owns Rare Replay for Xbox One, in which Jet Force Gemini is included.
Killer Instinct Gold Rare 1996 September 16, 2016 The WEC Museum owns Rare Replay for Xbox One, in which Killer Instinct Gold is included.
Mario Kart 64 Nintendo 1996 October 1, 2010 The WEC Museum owns Mario Kart 64 for the Wii Virtual Console.
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