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The Nintendo 64 turns 20 today



It was on June 23, 1996 that the Nintendo 64 made its debut — in Japan, that is. We wouldn’t see it on this side of the Pacific for another three months. But today is its proper birthday, and 20 years is a significant enough anniversary that we should probably just take a moment to remember just how awesome this console was — and is.

I remember reading about “Project Reality,” AKA the Ultra 64, in Nintendo Power (I still have the issue); the glossy renderings of 3D worlds seemed so futuristic that even as a kid I was skeptical. After all, this was the era of Doom, of Mode 7, of SuperFX — 3D so simple it barely deserved the name.

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