Nintendo 64 CD (Codename: Nintendo Neo) was a CD-based add-on for the Nintendo 64. It was launched on January 31, 1997 with Kirby's Air Ride (later remade for the GameCube) in Japan, then it was followed by a US release on March 20, 1997 and an European release on October 31, 1997. The console was designed by Gunpei Yokoi and redesigned by Hiroshi Yamauchi. This CD and Nintendo 64 was shut down in 2003. ==1997-2002==