Nintendo 64

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Nintendo 64
ニンテンドウ64 Nintendo 64
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Nintendo 64
Release dates
Japan: June 23, 1996
North America: September 26, 1996
Europe: March 1, 1997
Australia: March 1, 1997
South Korea: July 19, 1997[1]
China: N/A
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Technical specs
  • CPU: 64-bit R4300i RISC
  • Co-Processor: 64-bit RISC
  • Memory: 4MB (upgradeable to 8MB)
  • Colors: 16.7 million (32,000 on screen)
  • Polygons: 150,000 per second
  • Resolution: 320×240 pixels or 640×480 pixels
  • Sound: 16 to 24-channel
Related information
Console generation: Fifth generation
Pokémon generations: I, II
Console type: Home
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The Nintendo 64 (Japanese: ニンテンドウ64 Nintendo 64), often shortened to N64, is a cartridge-based console created by Nintendo. It is the successor to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and was eventually succeeded by the Nintendo GameCube.

The Nintendo 64 is named for its 64-bit central processing unit. It was the last major home console to use cartridges as a primary storage format until the Nintendo Switch. It was first codenamed "Project Reality" and later referred to as the "Ultra 64" before the final name was chosen. It was originally set to release in mid-1995, but was delayed to 1996 for hardware problems in the chipset.


  • Expansion Pak – a memory expansion that replaces the console's Jumper Pak found in the Memory Expansion port. It increases available memory from 4MB to 8MB and changes the internal resolution from 320×240 to 640×480 for games that can utilize it. The only Pokémon game that can utilize it fully is Pokémon Stadium 2.
  • Transfer Pak – an accessory that plugged into the controller and allowed the Nintendo 64 to transfer data between Game Boy and N64 games. Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Stadium 2 are games that rely heavily on the Transfer Pak.
  • Nintendo 64DD – a short lived expansion system for the Nintendo 64. Several Pokémon games that were announced for the N64DD were either canceled or released on cartridge format only.
  • VRU (Voice Recognition Unit) – This device is packed in and required to play Hey You, Pikachu!.
  • Rumble Pak – an optional plug in device that "shakes" the controller in enabled games. The only Pokémon related game that uses it is Super Smash Bros. The name was used again for the Nintendo DS accessory.

Pokémon games

There are seven Pokémon games for the Nintendo 64. In order of first release anywhere in the world, they are:

Title Genre Release
Pokémon Stadium (Japanese) Battle simulation 1998
Hey You, Pikachu! Virtual pet 1998
Pokémon Snap First-person rail shooter 1999
Pokémon Stadium (English) Battle simulation 1999
Pokémon Puzzle League Puzzle 2000
Pokémon Stadium 2 Battle simulation 2000

With Transfer Pak and Game Boy Tower

In the Pokémon Stadium series, Game Boy and Game Boy Color main series Pokémon games can be played by the Game Boy Tower.

Title Genre Release
Pokémon Red and Green Main series RPG 1996
Pokémon Blue Main series RPG 1996
Pokémon Red and Blue Main series RPG 1998
Pokémon Yellow Main series RPG 1998
Pokémon Gold and Silver Main series RPG 1999
Pokémon Crystal Main series RPG 2000

Pokémon special editions

  • Pikachu Nintendo 64: A special Pikachu Nintendo 64 Set that came with a Pokémon controller. The Poké Ball is the On/Off switch and Pikachu's foot is the reset button. It came in two colors (blue and orange).
    • In Japan, it was released on July 21, 2000.[2]
    • It was released in the United States during the holiday season of 2000. The MSRP was $189.99 for the normal set.
      • The Pikachu Nintendo 64 was also available in a bundle exclusive to Toys "R" Us. It came with a pocket watch and the Hey You, Pikachu! game, whereas all other retailers got the base unit with the controller.
  • Pokémaniac Nintendo 64: A special Pokémon Edition of the Nintendo 64 was sold in Australia. Also included with the special Pokémon unit was the controller and the PAL released VHS of Pokémon - I Choose You!.

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Game systems with Pokémon games
Nintendo handheld consoles
GB (Pocket · GBL · SGB · SGB2) • GBCminiGBA (SP · GBm · GBP)
DS (Lite · DSi · DSi XL) • 3DS (XL · 2DS · New 3DS · New 3DS XL · New 2DS XL)
Switch (Lite · OLED)
Nintendo home consoles
SNES (BS-X · SGB · NP · SGB2) • N64 (DD) • GCN (GBP)
Wii (Family Edition · mini) • Wii U
Switch (OLED)
Sega consoles