Rare Video Game Consoles: Nintendo 64DD
With a lot of focus on the disappointment of the Wii U, gamers should be aware of the history, cost, and failure that was the Nintendo 64DD. During the 1990's, the Nintendo 64 continued the success of the cartridge-based consoles from one of the leading companies, but in 1999, Nintendo went into a completely new direction.
In a move to match competing consoles like the Sony PlayStation and Sega Dreamcast, the Nintendo 64DD was a huge financial failure that wasn't even good enough to sustain a release in the United States.
The developmental history of the 64DD dates back to the mid-1990s before the original Nintendo 64 even had an official release date. The console was advertised as an add-on to the Nintendo 64. The console would connect through a port on the bottom of the console. It would link up to load games via a CD-ROM disc.
The fall down of the console began before it was even released. Disputes between cartridges production and CD-ROM production led to delays and additional costs. Years went by with little news of the new console release.
In Japan, the console was finally released on December 1, 1999. With a Japan-only release, it makes it one of the hardest consoles to find today. One of the biggest features on the console was an internet connection. The history of online gaming would have dramatically changed if the 64DD caught on. The features included game chats, shared gaming, and a lot of online features that have become commonplace today. Along with the online package, there was a small collection of games that came with the console.
Nintendo's flagship character, Mario, was featured in a series of four games entitled "Mario Artist." Each game features different art tools including the ability to draw Pokémon characters or send images through the internet portal on the console. Additional games for the console included "SimCity 64" and "Doshin the Giant." A majority of the games that were scheduled for release ended up getting a cartridge release on the standard Nintendo 64.
Nintendo has a legacy filled with highlights and classic games, but the 64DD will always be a sore spot for the company. Learning about the 64DD can give you a better understanding of how future consoles like the GameCube, Wii, and Wii-U were eventually released.