Nintendo 64DD Development Unit
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Many gamers, even those who own(ed) an N64, may not remember the 64DD, which is basically a magnetic disk drive peripheral released in 1999 that allowed the console to use proprietary 64MB magnetic disks. It could even connect to the internet through a dedicated online service, called Randnet, for e-commerce, online gaming, and media sharing. Unfortunately, there was only ten software titles released until its discontinuation in February 2001. Read more for a video and images of a development unit that Shane Luis came across from a collector.



This peripheral featured a dual storage strategy of cartridges / disks, a new real-time clock (RTC), and internet connectivity. For the latter, you’d need a 64DD Randnet bundle, which includes a modem for connecting to the Randnet network and a 4MB RAM Expansion Pak. Optional accessories include a keyboard, mouse, and an audio-video capture port, called the Capture Cassette (or cartridge). The CPU-powered a 28.8 kbps software modem cartridge, developed in partnership between Nexus Telocation Systems, Ltd. and Surf Technology.

Nintendo 64DD Development Unit
Nintendo 64DD Development Unit
Nintendo 64DD Development Unit
Nintendo 64DD Development Unit
Nintendo 64DD Development Unit