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You might not be prepared to hear this, but the Nintendo 64 turned 25 years old on June 23, 2021.
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Nintendo’s iconic console introduced players to 3D and launched gaming on a collision course with ‘90s pop culture.
Here are 10 nostalgic images from 25 years of the Nintendo 64
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The console also introduced accessories like the Transfer Pak, which let players move data before the N64 and Game Boy.
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Here’s Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto showing off the N64’s famously quirky controller at E3 1996 long before he becomes a household name.
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At E3 1999, young Anakin Skywalker himself (Jake Lloyd) demos the only good thing to come out of the Star Wars prequels: Star Wars Episode 1 Racer on Nintendo 64.
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James Bond actresses Maud Adams and Grace Jones go head-to-head in Goldeneye at the game’s launch party.
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Boxers Laila Ali and Jacqui Frazier — daughters of Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier — promote an upcoming match with a round of Pokémon Stadium 2.
The N64’s controller made for an eye-catching prop in plenty of ‘90s and 2000s TV, like Everybody Loves Raymond, starting a proud tradition of actors not knowing how to hold controllers on camera.
Most importantly, the Nintendo 64 sent kids into absolute hysterics, as the coolest gift you could possibly get — until the launch of the GameCube.
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