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|Release date||Japan: June 23, 1996|
North America: September 29, 1996
Europe: March 1, 1997
The Nintendo 64 is a home console manufactured and released by Nintendo. Their former second-party developer, Rareware, developed many games for this console, including the first two Banjo-Kazooie series titles, Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie. However, Banjo first appeared in another Nintendo 64 game, Diddy Kong Racing, from where the Banjo-Kazoooie franchise spun off from.
Rare would often include references, cameos, and emblems of or relating to the Nintendo 64 in their games.
In Banjo-Tooie, a Nintendo 64 unit is shown on a table for the file select menu. In the Xbox Live Arcade port, the N logo was removed for copyright-related reasons. If the player selects it, they can enter the Multiplayer mode. The in-game unit would also reflect whether the player connected any additional controllers to the actual unit.
In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, during the introduction sequence when Kazooie is playing with her Xbox 360, aa prop beside the television resembling a dusty Nintendo 64 can be seen. Its controller wires were wrapped around the middle, most likely to obscure the centered logo. A Nintendo 64 was also originally intended to be placed in the spot of Banjoland where the Old King Coal statue is located. This was likely changed due to legal reasons.