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Nintendo 64DD attached to a Nintendo 64
December 1, 1999
The Nintendo 64DD is an expansion system to the Nintendo 64. It only released in Japan and was quickly left aside as it was viewed as a failure. It was Nintendo's second magnetic floppy disc-based hardware, the first being the Famicom Disk System. The 64DD was meant to have both standalone games and expansion disks for cartridge games, most notably for Ocarina of Time. The 64DD was also meant as an alternative disk-based system to compete with the CD-based consoles of the time, as the N64 was the only major console of its era to use cartridges.
After the hardware was delayed in Japan, Nintendo speculated that it would be a failure, so the 64DD was only sold through a subscription service called Randnet, which was also the 64DD's online system.
Three Zelda games were in development for the Nintendo 64DD.
- Zelda 64, which became Ocarina of Time.
- Zelda Gaiden, which became Majora's Mask.
- Ura Zelda, never released at the time, but a heavily modified version of the game was given out as a bonus for those who pre-ordered The Wind Waker. The game was titled Ocarina of Time Master Quest. A slightly modified version of Master Quest is also available in Ocarina of Time 3D.