10 years ago this month, Nintendo coined the final name of its third generation console, the N64. Wikipedia writes: "During the developmental stages the N64 was referred to by its code name, Project Reality... Once unveiled to the public the name changed to Nintendo Ultra 64, referring to its 64-bit processor, and Nintendo dropped 'Ultra' from the name on February 1, 1996, just five months before its Japanese debut."

The system would be released stateside later that year on September 29. Enter Mario 3D madness in the form of Super Mario 64, GoldenEye 007 multi-player battles, and limited third-party support as compared to the SNES and NES.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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