The console was first released in Japan on June 23, 1996 and sold out all 300,000 shipments on the first day. Nintendo also managed to avoid repeating a social disturbance they caused with the launch of the Super Famicom in 1990 by using a wider retail network which included convenience stores. The other 200,000 units of the first production run shipped on June 26 and June 30, with almost all of them reserved ahead of time. In the months between the Japanese and North American launches, the Nintendo 64 saw brisk sales on the American grey market, with import stores charging as much as $699 plus shipping for the system.
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