ロクヨンディーディー Sixty-Four DD
A detached Nintendo 64DD
The Nintendo 64DD (Japanese: ロクヨンディーディー Sixty-Four DD), or Nintendo 64 Disk Drive, was a short lived expansion system for the Nintendo 64. Shortly after it was released in December 1, 1999, the product was a commercial failure due to it being delayed, and was never released outside of Japan. The name DD stands for "Dynamic Drive". The system plugs into the bottom of the Nintendo 64 using the EXTension Port.
The 64DD was announced at 1995's Nintendo Shoshinkai game show event. At E3 in 1997, Shigeru Miyamoto speculated that the first games to be released for the new system would be SimCity 64, Mario Artist, Pocket Monsters, and EarthBound 64. The system was a commercial failure which led to 49 games being canceled or moved to cartridge.
The N64DD has a 32-bit coprocessor which is needed to read the magnetic disks, and it would also need the 32-bit coprocessor to transfer data to the main console (the Nintendo 64). It was intended to be Nintendo's answer to the Compact Disc that was used for Sony's PlayStation, which was cheaper to produce. Sony's CD storage could hold approximately 650 megabytes (MB) of information, compared to the Nintendo 64's 32 to 512 megabit (4 to 64 MB) cartridge.
|Doshin the Giant||God game||December 1, 1999|
|Mario Artist: Paint Studio||Art||December 11, 1999|
|Mario Artist: Talent Studio||Art||February 24, 2000|
|SimCity 64||City-building simulation||February 28, 2000|
|F-Zero X Expansion Kit||Expansion (Racing)||April 21, 2000|
|Japan Pro Golf Tour 64||Sport||May 2, 2000|
|Doshin the Giant: Rescue from the Front by the
Toddlers that Tinkle at the Large Meeting-hall
|Expansion (God game)||May 17, 2000|
|Mario Artist: Communication Kit||Expansion (Art)||June 29, 2000|
|Mario Artist: Polygon Studio||Art||August 29, 2000|
Several Pokémon games were announced for the Nintendo 64DD. These were either canceled or released on cartridge format only.
|Pocket Monsters 64||Moved to cartridge as Pokémon Stadium|
|Pocket Monsters Stadium Expansion Disk||Canceled/replaced with Pokémon Stadium (Pokémon Stadium 2 in Japan)|
|Pocket Monsters Snap||Moved to cartridge as Pokémon Snap|
- Wikipedia article on Nintendo 64DD
- NintendoWiki article on Nintendo 64DD
- Super Mario Wiki article on Nintendo 64DD
- Nintendo 64 Disk Drive page on the Nintendo of America website (archive)
- 64DD titles on the Nintendo Space World '99 page
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