The Nintendo 64 was named for its 64-bit processing unit and released in 1996 for a price of $199.95. The N64 continued to use rom cartridges while most of its competitors were relying on the less expensive and more capable CD-Rom. It was also responsible for ushering Mario into the third dimension. When the N64 was discontinued in 2003 it sold nearly 33 million units worldwide. Visit http://www.NintendoAge.com, the best Classic Nintendo resource and community on the net!