Nintendo 64, also known as Project Reality is a gaming console, a joint product of Nintendo and Silicon Graphics. Later the name was changed to Ultra 64. The console was released in order to eliminate 32-bit competitors Sony and Sega from the gaming industry market. Nintendo shocked the developers and gamers by its decision to stay with the cartridge format instead of the CD, which have proven to be the most appropriate media for games. This have forced to turn away many third-party game developers, believed that the cartridge doesn’t have sufficient memory capacity for their game projects (this problem caused serious damage to the Atari Jaguar).
Nintendo has stopped on cartridge format, saying that it is the best carrier for use with the Nintendo 64 and that the CD will bring a lot of headaches with its loadings. Also, cartridges were more durable than CDs, which had a tendency to scratch and quickly fail. Eventually, Nintendo threw off all doubts in 1995 by showing the Super Mario 64 game on the Japanese trade show. There were enough of magnificent 3D video effects in Super Mario 64 to drag back the attention to the new Ultra 64 console.
On June 20, 1996, again renamed Nintendo 64 was released in Japan along with the Super Mario 64 and the other two games. In the same year, on September 26 it was released in the US, and later in other countries. Console instantly became a hit, but the limitations in the quality of the games have slowed the sales. Games were appearing slowly, developers complained of restrictions of cartridge format.
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