Nintendo 64 Disc Drive

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Background: The N64 Disc Drive (or the N64DD) was a short lived add-on for the Nintendo 64. It was released in 1999, and had features such as Internet access via RandNet and the use of discs instead of cartridges. The add-on was a commercial failure, selling only around 15,000 units. The RandNet service shut down in 2001. A release outside of Japan was planned, but quickly cancelled due to the low sales.

1st Logo
(December 1, 1999-February 28, 2001)

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: "Mario Runs!"

Logo: On a white background, we see the giant "N" from the Nintendo 64 logo rise out of water with ripples already forming. It starts off as white, but the "N" soon turns into its signature rainbow color (the date and time also appears in the bottom right corner in gray). "
NINTENDO 64" (in blue and red, respectively) fades in over the logo. and the N drops, losing a reflection it had just made into the floor only seconds earlier. Mario (in his Super Mario 64 form) then peeks out and waves, then begins running all around the logo, jumping, kicking, attacking, etc. The "N" also occasionally bounces, changes size, and changes textures.

Trivia: There was an American release set to be released to the public market, though it unfortunately never made its way through. The retail unit (confirmed by Nintendo project manager Mark DeLoura; helped release the N64, Game Boy Advance, and GameCube) was found in Seattle not too long ago. You can watch the video explaining the unit <a href="" target="_self">here</a>.

  • If no disc was inserted when you powered on the DD, some green Japanese text would flash continuously below the giant "N" telling you so. Along with that, the animation would continue to play.
    • There is also an English version of this screen (where in the green text telling you to insert a disc reads "Please insert disk"). See Trivia for more info. The gray timestamp has also been changed to fit the American market (though it never got publicly released).
  • If you power on the DD with a disc inserted inside of it, only the first part of the animation plays. After that, the logo cuts to black, and the game you are playing starts.

FX/SFX: The "N" rising out of water and dropping, Mario running around, standard N64 graphics.

Music/Sounds: A synthesized "whoosh" and a pounding synth tune. It is silent for the rest of the animation save for voice clips recycled from Super Mario 64.

: Extremely rare. As the unit was only ever released in Japan, let alone its short life and low sales, it's extremely difficult to obtain a Nintendo 64 Disk Drive, let alone any games. The English version is even rarer, as the add-on never made it to those markets.

Editor's Note
: None.

2nd Logo

Logo: On a black background we see the N64 icon with the white text "64DD" next to it.

Variant: When loading F-Zero X on the N64DD, the green gradient text "DD LOADING" appears below while a scrolling animation of the Blue Falcon leaving a blue trail is seen.

FX/SFX: None, except the scrolling Blue Falcon on the variant.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extremely rare. Occasionally appears whenever you boot a game into the N64 Disc Drive.

Editor's Note: None.