N64 Logo

N64 Logo

Simple as it seems, the N64 logo holds a hidden mathematical connection to the brand’s name and the type of processing unit is uses.

Meaning and history

N64 Logo history

The visual identity history of Nintendo 64, or N64, was pretty short, as well as the life of the products itself, which only lasted from 1995 to 2002. The only two versions, created for the brand throughout the years, featured completely different styles and moods.

1995 — 1996

The original version of the N64 logo, which was used during the ore launch of the product, featured a solid black square with the narrowed white “Nintendo” in Sans-serif on top, an enlarged gradient purple “Ultra” in the middle, and the outlines “64”, surrounded by a white orbit, placed under the “Ultra” wordmark. It was a simple composition, which looked creative and artsy due to its color palette.

1996 — 2002

The redesign of 1996 completely changed the N64 visual identity, making it composed of two parts — a bold blue lettering and a stylish multicolor emblem, placed under it. The “Nintendo” inscription in all capitals was written in a square Sans-serif typeface and had a red “64” placed on its right, and executed in thinner lines.

The emblem of the brand featured a three-dimensional figure, formed by four merged letters “N”, making up a cube. The color palette of the image boasted a bright and strong combination of green, red, yellow, and blue, each color for one of the cube’s sides.

Symbol

Symbol N64

The N64 logo consists of the wordmark and an emblem featuring a 3D model of four letters “N” joined together. The figure “64” that is a part of the wordmark reminds of the fact that the console got its name after its 64-bit central processing unit.

Emblem

Emblem N64

The most interesting fact concerning the Nintendo 64 logo is that it has 64 faces and 64 vertices if rendered as a 3D model. If you try counting on your own, you may come to the conclusion that the numbers of the faces and vertices are different. That is because the Nintendo designers counted not only the blocks that are visible, but also the hidden ones.

Font

Font N64 Logo

As far as the Nintendo 64 logo is built around a single letter, we should point out its typographic qualities. The capital “N” belongs to a clear sans-serif typeface looking somewhat stocky and solid.

Color

Color N64 Logo

The basic logo comprises four colors: red, green, blue, and yellow. In each case, designers opted for a bright, eye-catching shade. As the result of this, the N64 logo leaves a vivid visual impression. Interestingly enough, these colors coincide with the colors of the buttons on the Nintendo 64 console (four yellow buttons, one red, one green, and one blue).