The Nintendo 64 (Japanese: ニンテンドー64 Nintendo 64 ), often abbreviated as the N64, is Nintendo's fourth home console and the successor to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. A magnetic disk drive peripheral called the 64DD was released for the console in Japan, but it sold poorly and its international release was canceled. The Nintendo 64 was succeeded by the Nintendo Gamecube.
A Mother game titled Mother 3: Fall of The Pig King (announced in North America as EarthBound 64) was developed for the 64DD after it was realized that the development team's plans for the game exceeded the hardware capabilities of the Super Famicom, and later moved to the Nintendo 64 itself after the commercial failure of the 64DD. It was cancelled in August 2000 due to the development of the Nintendo Gamecube, and was eventually moved to the Game Boy Advance as Mother 3. No games in the Mother series were released on the Nintendo 64 because of this, however Ness was featured as a playable character in Super Smash Bros.
Many games for the Nintendo 64 were re-released as Virtual Console titles on the Wii Shop Channel and later the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U. Among these titles is Super Smash Bros., which was released on the Wii Shop in 2009. Two Nintendo 64 titles are included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as Masterpieces.
The Nintendo 64 was Nintendo's first 3D rendering console, displaying 64-bit graphics. The controllers had three points, a D-Pad, an analog stick, L and R shoulder buttons, 4 C buttons, B Button, and A Button. Four-player gameplay was supported for the first time in Nintendo's history.