The Nintendo 64 was the only fifth generation console to use cartridges, as well as the only one to offer 64-bit graphics. It featured a unique three-pronged controller with an analog joystick in addition to a d-pad, and a trigger button behind the middle prong. Nintendo made the design public in 1994 before releasing the system in 1996.
Combined with a competitive pricing strategy, Nintendo's name recognition led to tremendous initial sales (300,000 units in the first three days). Veteran gamers appreciated the console's impressive specifications and performance, while new users enjoyed its broad appeal and ease of use.
The N64 introduced many new titles that would later become classics, such as Super Smash Bros., Goldeneye 007 and Mario Party. It also offered new installments of popular franchises with Super Mario 64, Donkey Kong 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, among others. Nearly twenty years after its release, the Nintendo 64 remains a favorite of many gamers.