In 1990, Nintendo continued their reign as king of the video game industry with the release of the Super Famicom, known as the SNES when it released in English speaking countries in 1992. The SNES was the successor to the NES and had the ability to use 16 bit graphics. In 1994, the Super GameBoy, which allowed GameBoy games to be played on the SNES, was released alongside Donkey Kong Country, which used 3D models compressed into 2D sprites to get a higher visual quality. In 1996, the Nintendo 64 was released in Japan. The console could play full 3d models. A game for the Nintendo 64, Mario 64, was released to high success and is still highly regarded as being innovative for its time. In 1998, Nintendo released the GameBoy Color which could play color games on the GameBoy. That same year two of Nintendo's most popular games were released, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and the Pokemon series was launched in the US. The 1990’s were another decade of Nintendo's prosperity and many games, now considered classic, were released in this time.