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Nintendo 64 accessories are first-party Nintendo hardware—and third-party hardware, licensed and unlicensed. Nintendo's first-party accessories are mainly transformative system expansions: the 64DD Internet multimedia platform, with a floppy drive, video capture and editor, game building setup, web browser, and online service; the controller plus its own expansions for storage and rumble feedback; and the RAM-boosting Expansion Pak for big improvements in graphics and gameplay. Third-party accessories include the essential game developer tools built by SGI and SN Systems on Nintendo's behalf, an unlicensed SharkWire online service, and unlicensed cheaper counterparts to first-party items. In the fifth generation of video game consoles, the Nintendo 64 had a market lifespan from 1996 to 2002.


First-party Nintendo 64 accessories have a product code prefixed with NUS, short for "Nintendo Ultra Sixty-four".[1][2]


Main article: Nintendo 64 controller

Nintendo 64 controller

The Nintendo 64 controller (NUS-005) is an "m"-shaped controller with 10 buttons (A, B, C-Up, C-Down, C-Left, C-Right, L, R, Z, and Start), one analog stick in the center, a digital directional pad on the left side, and an extension port on the back for many of the system's accessories. Initially available in the seven colors of gray, yellow, green, red, blue, purple, and black, and it was later released in translucent versions of those colors except gray.[citation needed]

Controller Pak

Controller Pak

The Controller Pak[a] (NUS-004) is the console's memory card, comparable to those of the PlayStation and GameCube. Compatible games can save player data to the Controller Pak, which plugs into the back of the Nintendo 64 controller (as do the Rumble and Transfer Paks). The Controller Pak was marketed for exchanging data between Nintendo 64 owners, because data on the game cartridge can not be transferred.

The original models from Nintendo have 256 kilobit (32KB) of battery backed SRAM, split into 123 pages with a limitation of 16 save files, but third-party models have much more, often in the form of 4 selectable memory banks of 256kbits.[3] Games occupy varying numbers of pages, sometimes using the entire card. It is powered by a common CR2032 battery.[4]

Upon launch, the Controller Pak was initially useful, and even necessary for early games. Over time, the Controller Pak lost popularity to the convenience of a battery backed SRAM or EEPROM in some cartridges. Because the Nintendo 64 Game Pak format also allows saving data on supported cartridges, few first-party and second-party games use the Controller Pak.[5] The vast majority are from third-party developers. This is most likely due to the increased production and retail costs which would have been caused by including self-contained data on the cartridge. Some games use it to save optional data that is too large for the cartridge, such as Mario Kart 64, which uses 121 of the total 123 pages for storing ghost data,[6] or International Superstar Soccer 64, which uses the entire cartridge's space for its save data. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater uses 11 pages.[7] Quest 64 and Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon use the Controller Pak exclusively for saved data. The Japan-only game Animal Forest uses the Controller Pak to travel to other towns.

Following the 1996 Christmas shopping season, Next Generation reported "impressive sales of the memory pack cartridges despite the lack of available games to take advantage of the $19.99 units".[8]

Jumper Pak

Jumper Pak

The Jumper Pak[b] (NUS-008) is a filler that plugs into the console's memory expansion port.[9] It serves no functional purpose other than to terminate the Rambus bus in the absence of the Expansion Pak.[10] This is functionally equivalent to a continuity RIMM in a Rambus motherboard filling the unused RIMM sockets until the user upgrades. All Nintendo 64 consoles were shipped with the Jumper Pak installed.[11] Replacement Jumper Paks were not sold individually in stores and could only be ordered through Nintendo's online store. The system requires the Jumper Pak or Expansion Pak, or there is no display.

Expansion Pak

The 4 MB memory Expansion Pak

The Expansion Pak[c] (NUS-007) consists of 4 MB (megabytes) of random access memory (RAM)—which is RDRAM, the same on the console motherboard[10]—increasing the console's RAM from 4 MB to 8 MB of contiguous main memory.[10] It is installed in a port on top of the console and replaces the pre-installed Jumper Pak, which is simply a Rambus terminator.[9][10] Originally designed for the 64DD disk drive's larger multimedia workstation applications, the Expansion Pak was launched separately in Q4 1998 and then bundled with the 64DD's delayed December 1999 launch package in Japan.[citation needed] The Expansion Pak was bundled with Donkey Kong 64,[12][13] and in Japan, the Expansion Pak additionally was bundled with The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Perfect Dark.[citation needed]

It was bundled with an "ejector tool" (NUS-012) meant for removing the original Jumper Pak.[citation needed]

Game developers found ways to use the increased memory, including greater visual appeal. The Expansion Pak is required in order to run both Donkey Kong 64 and Majora's Mask.[13][14] Perfect Dark blocks access to content, including the single-player campaign, when no Expansion Pak is present, and the game's packaging states that "approximately 35%" of the game is available in that case.[15] It is required for all 64DD software. In StarCraft 64, it is needed to unlock levels from the Brood War add-on from the PC version. Quake II features higher color depth and better performance, but not a higher resolution, with the Expansion Pak. In the vast majority of games with support, such as Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness and Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine, the Expansion Pak is merely used as additional frame buffer memory to enable various high-resolution (usually interlaced) mode options at a performance cost, in some cases dramatically so. This use of the Expansion Pak can be attributed to ease of implementation and games that mainly target the stock console; additional RDRAM cannot be easily used to circumvent other bottlenecks of the console, such as the small texture cache.[citation needed] The original NTSC release[citation needed] of Space Station Silicon Valley may crash in certain places if the Expansion Pak is present.[16]

IGN celebrated the Nintendo 64 industry's methods in launching and supporting the Expansion Pak for making a high-impact accessory with "immediate and noticeable", though mostly optional, effects.[15]

Games that support the Expansion Pak[13]
Title Pak required Notes
40 Winks No Adds high-res letterbox (480×232i) and high-res (480×360i) modes.
Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage No Enables a "high resolution" setting, changes certain music tracks, and adds foliage to maps. Its absence enables behind-the-scenes memory management features.
All-Star Baseball 2000 No Enables longer replays in the replay feature.[17]
All-Star Baseball 2001 No
Armorines: Project S.W.A.R.M. No Adds high-res letterbox (480×232i) and high-res (480×360i) modes, accessible from pause menu.
Army Men: Air Combat No
Army Men: Sarge's Heroes No
Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2 No
Battlezone: Rise of the Black Dogs No
Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness No Enables the option to turn on "Hi-Res" mode (490×355i).
Command & Conquer No Makes the "high" battlefield resolution option in in-game options menu available, which engages a high-res interlaced mode.
Daikatana No Adds a "hi-res" interlaced letterbox mode, accessible from main menu.
Dinosaur Planet Yes Canceled and redeveloped as Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube.
Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers No Enables high resolution mode.
Donkey Kong 64 Yes Marketed as improving the frame rate and object rendering at a distance.[18] According to Rare programmer Chris Marlow, the company could not resolve a bug that occurred without the Expansion Pak and thus was forced, at great expense, to bundle the game with it.[19][20] However, lead artist Mark Stevenson called Marlow's story a "myth" and said that the Expansion Pak was committed to early in development. Though such a bug did exist towards the end of development, according to Stevenson, "the Expansion Pak wasn't introduced to deal with this and wasn't the solution to the problem."[21] Nintendo said that the bundle would avoid consumer confusion.[22]
Duke Nukem: Zero Hour No Adds interlaced medium and high-res modes, accessible from main menu options.
Excitebike 64 No Enables high-res mode. Only the PAL version signifies its Expansion Pak compatibility on the box.
F-1 World Grand Prix II No Enables a full race replay.
FIFA 99 No Enables an unadvertised "Super High" resolution mode of 640×480i.
Gauntlet Legends No Required for 4-player multiplayer.
Hybrid Heaven No Enables high-res letterbox and high-res (640×474i) modes, accessible from main menu options.
Hydro Thunder No Required for 3 and 4 player multiplayer.
Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine No Enables high-res mode of 400×440i and unlocks level 13, "King Sol's Mines".
International Superstar Soccer 2000 No Enables high-resolution textures but at reduced performance.
International Track & Field 2000 No
Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000 No
Ken Griffey, Jr.'s Slugfest No Enables high-res mode.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Yes One of the two released non-64DD game completely designed for the Expansion Pak, to increase texture detail, remove fog that is prevalent in Ocarina of Time, increase number of on-screen models, and add effects such as motion blur.[15]
Madden NFL 2000 No
Madden NFL 2001 No
Madden NFL 2002 No
NBA Jam 2000 No Only the PAL version signifies its Expansion Pak compatibility on the box.
NFL Quarterback Club '99 No
NFL Quarterback Club 2000 No
Nuclear Strike 64 No Adds a progressive "medium" resolution mode, accessible from main menu options.
Perfect Dark Required for story mode The Expansion Pak is required for the single player, co-operative, and counter-operative campaigns, and most multiplayer features. It also adds an optional high-res mode accessible via pause menu, increasing the resolution to 640×222p (from 320×222p) in NTSC, and 448×268p (from 320×268p) in PAL. However, the Japanese version fully requires the Expansion Pak.
Pokémon Stadium 2 No States "Expansion Pak Detected" on the Start screen, increases render resolution to 640×480i, and improves resolution of some textures.
Quake II No Increases framebuffer color depth, removes dithering, turns off screen blur, and slightly increases framerate.
Rayman 2: The Great Escape No Adds a progressive high-res mode, accessible from pause menu.
Re-Volt No Adds an interlaced "medium resolution" mode, accessible from pause menu.
Resident Evil 2 No Increased resolution and texture detail, switching between various progressive and interlaced resolutions on a per-screen basis.
Road Rash 64 No Adds letterboxed, widescreen, and high-res progressive modes, accessible from main menu.
Roadsters No
San Francisco Rush 2049 Required for some content Required for track 6, the Advanced Circuit, changeable rims, some cars and music during Arcade races.
Shadow Man No Adds an interlaced high-res mode, accessible from main menu.
Spider-Man No
South Park No Enables interlaced high-res letterbox and high-res mode options; increases frame rate in low-res mode.[citation needed]
StarCraft 64 Required for some modes Required for the Brood War missions and the two player split-screen mode.
Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo No Enables high-res mode, which increases resolution to 400×440i.
Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer No Enables high-res mode at 640×480i with higher-resolution textures, and increases the framerate in low-res mode.[citation needed]
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron No Enables high-res mode at 400×440i.
The World Is Not Enough No Adds a "hi-color" mode, accessible from pause menu, which switches to a higher progressive resolution and turns off the screen noise effect.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater No
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 No Increases framerate, especially noticeable during multiplayer games.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 No
Top Gear Hyper Bike No
Top Gear Overdrive No Adds "half" and "full" high-res (640×240p) options to main menu setup.
Top Gear Rally 2 No
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil No Adds high-res letterbox (480×232i) and high-res (480×360i) modes, accessible from pause menu.
Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion No Adds high-res letterbox (480×232i) and high-res (480×360i) modes, accessible from pause menu.
Turok: Rage Wars No Adds high-res letterbox (480×232i) and high-res (480×360i) modes, accessible from pause menu.
Vigilante 8 No Adds a high resolution mode (480×360i), accessible from pause menu. A hidden "ultra" mode (640×480i) is added by entering "MAX_RESOLUTION" in the password screen.
Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense No Adds a high resolution mode (480×360i), accessible from pause menu. A hidden "ultra" mode (640×480i) is added by entering "GO_MAX_REZ" in the password screen, which is accessed by selecting "Game Status", pressing A twice, then pressing L+R.
Xena: Warrior Princess: The Talisman of Fate No

Rumble Pak

Main article: Rumble Pak

Rumble Pak

The Rumble Pak[d] (NUS-013) provides haptic feedback by vibration. It is powered by two AAA batteries and connects to the controller's expansion port. It was released in 1997 for the new game Star Fox 64, with which it was originally bundled.[23]

Transfer Pak

Main article: Transfer Pak

The Transfer Pak[e] (NUS-019) plugs into the controller to transfer data between supported Nintendo 64 games and Game Boy or Game Boy Color games.[14] It was released in Japan in August 1998, bundled with the game Pocket Monsters' Stadium, and in North America and Europe in February and April 2000 respectively, where it was similarly bundled with Pokémon Stadium.[24]


The Wide-Boy64 AGB, the last version of the Wide-Boy64 that can play Game Boy Advance games

Developed by Intelligent Systems, the Wide-Boy64 is a series of adapters similar to the Super Game Boy that plays Game Boy games. The device was never sold in retail to general consumers and was only provided to developers and the gaming press. Developers and magazines could purchase one directly from Nintendo at a cost of $1,400 (equivalent to about $2,459 in 2022).[25] The cartridge contains internal Game Boy hardware, allowing the system to run games natively rather than via an emulator. Two major versions of Wide-Boy64 were released: the CGB for Game Boy and Game Boy Color games, and the updated AGB for those and Game Boy Advance Game Paks.[26] The gaming press used it to capture screen shots more easily. Like the Super Game Boy and Game Boy Player, the game screen is surrounded by a template mimicking the appearance of the portable system.[27] It was used for final matches at the Pokémon League Summer Training Tour '99. The Canadian children's game show Video & Arcade Top 10 used Wide-Boy64 adapters so contestants could play Game Boy games on some later episodes.

S-Video Cable

The S-Video cable provides a better quality picture than composite RCA cables via the MultiAV port. The NTSC cable is identical to and compatible with earlier SNES (NTSC/PAL) and later GameCube (NTSC-only) S-Video cables. The first-party NTSC Nintendo 64 S-Video cable sold by Nintendo, however, was not produced in PAL regions. The PAL Nintendo 64 does natively output S-Video (Luma/Chroma),[28] but require a different cable to NTSC Nintendo 64 due to a design difference in most or all PAL motherboard revisions. Nintendo never released an official S-Video cable for the PAL console. Using an NTSC S-Video cable on a PAL console will usually produce over-bright, garish colors; or it may not produce any video image at all.[29]

Third-party S-Video cables for NTSC and PAL consoles were produced, though many cheaper S-Video cables do not deliver a true S-Video signal, merely passing the composite video signal (the yellow plug of the standard red/white/yellow AV cables) through the S-Video plug.[30]


Main article: 64DD

64DD, unattached

The 64DD (NUS-010) is a 64 MB floppy drive with real-time clock, font and audio library in ROM, and a bundle of other accessories and custom games. The peripheral was initially announced in 1995, planned for release in 1997, and repeatedly delayed until its release in December 1999. It was launched alongside a now defunct online service called Randnet. With nine games released, it was a commercial failure and so was never released outside Japan.


Nintendo 64 mouse

The mouse (NUS-017) was developed for the 64DD's GUI-based games and applications, such the Mario Artist suite, SimCity 64, and the web browser for Nintendo's defunct online service Randnet. It was manufactured by Mitsumi and was released only as a bundle with the 64DD's launch game, Mario Artist: Paint Studio.[31][32][33] It works with Mario no Photopi[f], which was switched from the 64DD to Game Pak.


VRU (Voice Recognition Unit)

The VRU or Voice Recognition Unit (NUS-020, NUS-021, NUS-022, and NUS-025) is compatible with only two games: Hey You, Pikachu! and Densha de Go! 64. Hey You, Pikachu! is packaged with the VRU and requires it, but Densha de Go! 64 does not and is sold separately. The VRU consists of a ballast (NUS-020) connected to controller port 4, a microphone (NUS-021), a yellow foam cover for the microphone, and a clip for clipping the microphone to the controller (NUS-025, bundled with Hey You, Pikachu!) or a plastic neck holder for hands-free usage (NUS-022, bundled with Densha de Go! 64). The VRU is calibrated for best recognition of a high-pitched voice, such as a small child's, and other voices are less likely be recognized properly by the VRU.

VRUs are region dependent, and foreign region VRUs are not detected by the games. No VRU compatible game was launched in the EUR region (PAL, Europe), so there is no EUR-region VRU. A similar device for the Wii is Wii Speak.

Cleaning Kit

The cleaning kit (NUS-014, NUS-015, and NUS-016) contains materials to clean the connectors of the Control Deck, controllers, Game Paks, Rumble Paks, and Controller Paks.

RF Switch and RF Modulator

RF adapter for Nintendo 64 and GameCube

The RF Switch and RF Modulator (NUS-009 and NUS-003) connect the Nintendo 64 and model 2 SNES (redesigned after the launch of the Nintendo 64) to the television through RF. It is primarily intended for older televisions that lack AV cable support. The RF switch itself is identical in every way to the RF switches released for Nintendo's prior systems (the NES and the SNES) and can be interchanged if needed. This set was later re-released for the GameCube to give it RF capability. The cables intended for the GameCube will also work with the Nintendo 64 and SNES.

Euro Connector Plug

The Euro Connector Plug is an adaptor packaged with European releases of the console, which converts RCA composite and stereo cable inputs to Composite SCART.

Video capture cassette

The video capture cassette (NUS-028), or cartridge, is for the Mario Artist[g] 64DD game series. The back of the cartridge has audio, video, and microphone input jacks.[34] It was bundled with the 64DD game Mario Artist: Talent Studio.[h]


The modem cartridge (NUS-029) connects at up to 28.8 kbit/s, for the defunct Randnet service and compatible 64DD games and web browser.

Power supply

The power supply (NUS-002, UKV-EUR-AUS-JPN-USA) provides electricity to the Control Deck.


The compact keyboard is for the Randnet service and compatible 64DD games.


SmartMedia cards for Mario no Photopi

SmartMedia memory cards for Mario no Photopi[i] contain images, backgrounds, borders, and other media assets for editing the user's photos. There are at least six different cards:

The cards are all 3.3 V 2 MB SmartMedia memory cards manufactured by Hagiwara Sys-Com. Mario no Photopi was bundled with an empty memory SmartMedia card for storing the user creations.



The ASCIIWHEEL 64 is an alternate controller shaped as a steering wheel for driving games, with an accessory port.[35]

Bio Sensor

Bio Sensor

The Bio Sensor (NUS-A-BIO-JPN) is an ear clip that plugs into the Controller Pak slot of the controller to measure the user's heart rate.[34] It was manufactured by Seta and released only in Japan. It is compatible only with Tetris 64, which slows down or speeds up depending on how fast the player's heart is beating. This device is similar to the unreleased Wii Vitality Sensor.

Tsuricon 64

The Tsuricon 64[36] (ASC-0905) is a fishing controller manufactured by ASCII Corporation and compatible with a few fishing games released in Japan, like Bass Rush - ECOGEAR Power Worm Championship[t], Nushi Tsuri 64: Shiokaze Ninotte[u], or Itoi Shigesato no Bass Tsuri No.1 Definitive Edition![v]

Densha de Go! 64 controller

A train controller compatible with just one game: Densha de Go! 64.[w] It is similar to other controllers for the same game series on different platforms such as Dreamcast and PlayStation. The game optionally supports the VRU.

System Organizer

Nintendo licensed A.L.S. Industries to make two types of black wooden system organizers. Both feature a plastic drawer, bearing a Nintendo 64 sticker, with slots designed to hold Nintendo 64 game cartridges, controllers, and Controller Paks.

Traveling accessories

The Messenger Bag is a black bag to be carried on the left side of the body. It comes with zippered compartments on the outside and inside and with mesh pockets, for a few games and a controller.

Nintendo licensed a Traveling Case—a black bag, with the Nintendo 64 name stitched on the front. Two plastic buckles on the front keep the bag closed. It carries the Nintendo 64 console, controllers, games, and accessories. They also made a standard black backpack with the Nintendo 64 logo on the top and a zippered compartment on the front.


A basic 35 mm camera, complete with a timer and flash. Official cameras have a Nintendo 64 logo on the front. They come in different colors such as blue and orange.

Development and backup

Further information: Nintendo 64 § Development

Doctor V64

Nintendo's original development environment for Nintendo 64 software is a card made by SGI containing most of a Nintendo 64 console, plus a software development kit (SDK) for self-hosted installation in an SGI Indy workstation.

The second generation moved to a much cheaper partner model between a normal Nintendo 64 console and a PC by providing a cartridge form factor holding flash storage with a cable connection to a PC. Nintendo officially licensed SN Systems to make the SN Systems dev kit and SN Maestro 64, the second generation of Nintendo 64 SDK in PC partner form to replace the Indy-hosted hardware solution. Unofficial kits include IS-VIEWER 64 and Partner 64. The Monegi Smart Pack is a collection of third-party hardware and software which facilitates real-time development while the game is running on the console.

Through the decades, many unlicensed third-party peripheral devices have provided many consumer-friendly alternative storage mediums for retail Nintendo 64 consoles. They bypass console security for the purpose of development or for users making backups of game cartridges and save data. The Doctor V64 is a CD-ROM peripheral designed by Bung Enterprises and released in 1996. It plugs into the Nintendo 64's underside expansion slot, and uses a lockout-bypass adaptor that fits into the cartridge port, into which any retail cartridge is inserted for use of its lockout chip by proxy. The Doctor V64 Jr. is a cheaper, condensed version that fits into the cartridge port and provides a parallel port connection to a PC. Bung made the DX 256 Super Game Saver[37] which stores 256 battery EEPROM save states, and the DS1 Super Doctor Save Card. The CD 64 is a CD-ROM drive developed by UFO/Success Company. Mr. Backup Z64 designed by Harrison Electronics, Inc. is a ZIP drive peripheral for creating writable backups and performing playback of any Nintendo 64 cartridge. The modern Everdrive 64, ED64 Plus, N64 Neo Myth, and 64Drive use SD cards for mass storage of ROM image files or USB cables to connect to a PC for transfer.

DexDrive is a retail consumer product, an adaptor to connect a Nintendo 64 #Controller Pak into a PC serial port, for sharing saved games.[38][39]


The GameShark Pro
The SharkPad Pro


  1. ^ Japanese: コントローラパック, Hepburn: Kontorōra Pakku
  2. ^ Known in Japan as Terminator Pack (Japanese: ターミネータ パック, Hepburn: Tāminēta Pakku)
  3. ^ Japanese: 拡張パック, Hepburn: Kakuchō Pakku
  4. ^ Japanese: 振動パック, Hepburn: Shindō Pakku
  5. ^ Known in Japan as 64 GB Pack (Japanese: 64GBパック, Hepburn: Rokujūyon Jī Bī Pakku)
  6. ^ Japanese: マリオのふぉとぴ
  7. ^ Japanese: マリオアーティスト
  8. ^ Japanese: マリオアーティスト タレントスタジオ
  9. ^ Japanese: マリオのふぉとぴ
  10. ^ Japanese: イラスト集 ポストカード 1
  11. ^ Japanese: イラスト集 おもしろアクセサリー 1
  12. ^ Japanese: キャラクター集 ヨッシーストーリー
  13. ^ Japanese: キャラクター集 シルバニアファミリー
  14. ^ Japanese: キャラクター集 ボンバーマン
  15. ^ Japanese: キャラクター集 ゼルダの伝説 - 時のオカリナ
  16. ^ Japanese: キャラクター集 ひみつのアッコちゃん
  17. ^ Japanese: キャラクター集 Hello Kitty
  18. ^ Japanese: キャラクター集 カードキャプターさくら
  19. ^ Japanese: キャラクター集 メダロット
  20. ^ バスラッシュ - ECOGEAR Power Worm Championship
  21. ^ ぬし釣り64~潮風にのって~, lit. "Master of Fishing 64, Ride the Salt Sea Wind"
  22. ^ 糸井重里のバス釣り No.1 決定版!
  23. ^ 電車 で GO! 64, lit. "Let's Go by Train! 64"


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