The 64DD is one of the few Nintendo consoles many gamers probably haven’t heard of, but that’s totally fair. It’s actually more of a console add-on than a standalone platform: As the name suggests, the magnetic disk drive attached to the bottom of the Nintendo 64 and was supposed to bring bigger games and Internet connectivity to the console. The peripheral was delayed for four years before seeing a Japanese release in 1999… which did not go well. Only 10 games were released before the plug was pulled on the flop of a project.
Unsurprisingly, the 64DD never made it to the United States, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t planned to arrive. YouTuber MetalJesusRocks bought himself a 64DD on craigslist, and it turns out that what he got was an American retail model of the game, with an English language boot screen and everything.
This, by the way, was thought to not even exist. Also interesting is that the copyright date on the bottom of the console is “1996, 1997,” years before the 64DD was released in Japan. Traditional Japanese 64DD peripherals have sold on eBay for hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars. Who knows what this means for the value of this one, except that it could probably fetch a few pretty pennies.
MetalJesusRocks also reached out to a then-Nintendo employee who worked on the 64DD, and he confirmed that this find is in fact an American retail unit. This 64DD also came with a blue prototype disk that his system won’t read, so let him know if you have any insight.
Watch MetalJesusRocks explain his find in the video above, and let us know in the comments if you wish the 64DD has made it to the American market.
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