A private video game collector reached out to him recently Rerez Host Shane Luis for helping document a new Nintendo 64DD development kit in the box. That said, 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.
The 64DD was an add-on for the Nintendo 64 designed to add writable media to the memory of the outdated, cassette-based console so that it could compete with disc-based competitors like the PlayStation. That said, it stayed exclusive to Japan and never really caught on with developers or consumers, and as such, it’s pretty rare today. Only nine DD games were released in 1999 and 2000 before Nintendo abandoned the project.
We have included some selected photos of the kit in the gallery above (with Shane’s permission
When the world turns and time goes by, there are things that we can no longer experience at some point. How many unopened Nintendo 64 DD development kits are there? Not many, I suppose. Fortunately, there are people like Shane who document the past of gaming so we can all enjoy secondhand.