Encyclopedia > 64DD

  Article Content

64DD

64DD is the Nintendo 64 Disk Drive, named the Dynamic Drive at the start of its development, was an external device that plugged into the EXTension Port of the nintendo64's bottom side.

It has a 32bit co-processor to help it read magnetic disks[?] and transfer the data to the main console. It was designed due to high cost of the cartridges for the main Nintendo 64 system, and their low storage capacity.For example Super Mario 64 was an 8 Mb cartridge. The magnetic disks had 64 Mb of storage space. By the end of the N64 era though, cartridges had reached the 64 Mb storage capacity of the magnetic disks, and the drive would not be of any use to the consumer since the cost of it was more than the main N64 deck.

The drive works almost like a zip-drive, and has an enhanced audio library for the games to use. The main N64 deck uses its RCP and MIPS4300i[?] to process data from the top cartridge slot and the I/O devices.To hook up with the 64DD it needed an extra 4 Mb of RAM for a total of 8 Mb. The 64DD can boot-up on its own, without the need of a cartridge on the top deck. This is because it has a standard OS, unlike the N64 on which every game has its own. The games on normal cartridge could hook up with DD expansions, for extra levels, minigames, even saving personal data.

The 64DD had its own development kit that worked in conjunction with the N64/N64 development kit.

The released version of 64DD included a modem for connecting to the testing network RANDnet, an AUDIO-VIDEO(female RCA, and line in) adaptor to plug-into the main cartridge slot, a mouse that plugged into the controller inputs, and some games (Sim City 64[?], F-zero Xpansion[?], Doshin The Giant, the Maker Trilogy[?]).

Games that were intended to be great hits on the system were: Ura Zelda (Master Quest) - the expansion disk to Ocarina Of Time (released on gamecube), Pokemon Stadium 2 (only released in Japan) , Cabbage, etc.

It was finally released with a high price, and was mostly available through the internet, retailing at around 800 US$. It is very rare to find one with all the above included, but it is a collector's item for every nintendo fan.

It's function can be compared to the Famicom's Disk System, and least to the Super Nintendo's Play_Station add-on-PS-X-(never released) (later on BS-X, Satelaview, released). (what?)



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Royalist

...     Contents Royalist The noun or adjective, Royalist, can have several shades of meaning. At its simplest, it refers to an adherent of a monarch ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 70.4 ms