The Nintendo 64 (often referred to as N64) is Nintendo's third home video game console for the international market. Named for its 64-bit central processing unit, it was released in June 1996 in Japan, September 1996 in North America. It is the industry's last major successive home console to use the cartridge as its primary storage format. The console remained available until the system was retired in late 2003.
The Nintendo 64's suggested retail price US$199.99, with 32.93 million units worldwide. IGN named it the 9th greatest video game console of all time; and in 1996, Time magazine named it Machine of the Year. The system remains a popular retro system in North America.