The Nintendo 64 (ニンテンドー64, Nintendō Rokujūyon), often abbreviated as N64, is Nintendo's third home video game console for the international market. Named for its 64-bit processor, it debuted on June 23, 1996 in Japan, and was later released in North America on September 29, 1996, and in Europe and Australia on March 1, 1997. As of March 31, 2006, the Nintendo 64 has sold 32.9 million units worldwide.
On January 21, 1999, the Super Smash Bros series. debuted on this system with the original Super Smash Bros. in Japan, which was later released in North America that April. While not the best-selling game on the N64, it was the predecessor of Super Smash Bros. Melee which became the Nintendo GameCube's best selling title and spawned a equally successful sequel for the Nintendo Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Another version of the Nintendo 64, called the iQue Player (神游機) is a video game system made by iQue Ltd., Nintendo's Chinese subsidiary. It is a variation of the Nintendo 64 hardware, specifically designed for the Chinese market.
 In the Super Smash Bros. series