Nintendo 64 was released in Japan in 1996 and in Europe in 1997. It was the third console of Nintendo and it was launched after years of planning and delays. It was named originally as Ultra 64 and Ultra Famicom but since Konami had the license for the word Ultra, Nintendo had to change the name of the console. Nintendo skipped the 32-Bit era due to success of Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 was the most powerful console in its time till the release of Sega's Dreamcast in 1998.
Nintendo always liked cartridges and unmature games and that gave an early end to Nintendo 64 as most of the 3rd party developers denied to produce games for Nintendo 64. Capcom produced only 3 and Konami produced only 16 games in total for the system. The total sales of the system were merely 30 millions by the help of Zelda and Pokemon games. In Europe, it was never loved and the total sales were less than some millions of consoles. Unfortunately, Nintendo 64 is not loved by the collectors and it left us very less rare games to search for. The most rare and valuable games of this system are Banjo Tooie (PAL), Conker`s Bad Fur Day (PAL), Ogre Battle 64 (NTSC-U), Harvest Moon 64 (NTSC-U), Sin And Punishment (NTSC-J).