The Nintendo 64 is a fifth generation television console by Nintendo, named for the 64-bit CPU. Use this tag if the question is about the N64's games, peripherals, or hardware.
The Nintendo 64 is a fifth generation console, the third console by Nintendo, released on September 29th, 1996, and rivaled the Playstation and the SEGA Saturn.
The N64 is so named because of it's 64-bit processor and graphics chips. It features a three-pronged controller, which those who have used it have complained of hand discomfort. The N64 and its controllers have come in a variety of colors.
An extension for the N64, the Nintendo 64 Disc Drive (64DD), was made for it, but it was released only in Japan, and lasted approximately 14 months. Nine 64DD titles exist for the extension.