Someone Just Opened A Brand-New Nintendo 64DD Dev Kit

It’s beautiful.
It’s beautiful.
Photo: Shane Luis

A private video game collector recently reached out to Rerez host Shane Luis for his help in documenting a new, in-box Nintendo 64DD development kit, which means we now have an idea of what it must have been like for developers in the ‘90s to get their hands on this rare piece of hardware.

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The 64DD was an add-on for the Nintendo 64 that was meant to expand the aging, cartridge-based console’s storage with writeable disks to help it compete with disc-based competitors like the PlayStation. That said, it remained exclusive to Japan and never really took off with developers or consumers, and as such is pretty rare today. Only nine DD games were released throughout 1999 and 2000 before Nintendo gave up on the project.

We’ve included some choice photos of the kit in the gallery above (with Shane’s permission, of course), but be sure to visit the original Twitter thread or his Archive.org upload for a whole lot more.

As the world turns and time marches on, there are things we’ll eventually lose all ability to experience. How many unopened Nintendo 64 DD development kits are still in existence? Not many, I’m guessing. Fortunately, there are folks like Shane out there documenting gaming’s past for all of us to enjoy second-hand.

That’s history right there, you understand?

Staff Writer, Kotaku

DISCUSSION

hutmaniac
Darth Sunshine

The 64DD is something that middle school me was so excited about for the longest time. I think it was the first time I found a piece of tech impressive for its own sake. There was something about the idea that the N64 was designed from the get go to be expanded later that just blew my mind, and I kept waiting for news that it was ever, finally, going to come out. I have to admit, I would still love to be able to click the two systems together, just once, just to know what it feels like.