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It's cheaper and possibly more reliable than providing a connector. These are disposable consumer products designed to be sold at the lowest price and highest margin. Your question assumes devices like the N64 Controller Pak are designed to be user serviceable - they're not. Take a look at the N64 Controller Pak manual: the instructions are little more than ...


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Replacing the battery wipes the memory card, losing all your savegames. Note that if you had a battery clip, there is a potential risk that the battery terminals might become oxidised or be jolted loose by vibration, which would also result in losing all your savegames. Evidently they took the choice to give you a decade of reliability in exchange for having ...


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I doubt you'll find any actual reference here but things that look to be silly from an engineering viewpoint often make more sense from a financial one. N64 memory cards are mass-market consumer products and generally cost is a significant consideration in the design and construction. Leaving out a battery holder saved a tiny amount but in total likely ...


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The N64 has an interesting design choice that influences the way the peripherals were designed. Memory cards were attached to the controller, not the console. This means that during normal use, a memory card would experience significantly more movement than would, say, a console-attached Playstation memory card (which would remain stationary for most of ...


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Yes, it was done by using different back plates of the cartridge like shown here. I remember all it took me was using pliers to remove the blocking plastic on the back. I would guess you instead modified the slot to simply accept both. was it really a security feature? Yes, and it worked well. Did Nintendo really think that was enough to stop people ...


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It may be theoretically possible, but impractical. The N64 cartridge interface time-multiplexes data and address on the same 16 pins. You send the first 16 bits of the address, then send the last 16 bits of the address, then receive the 16-bit result. The whole process takes around 1 µs. That translates to 1 MHz. The N64 CPU runs at 93 MHz. So this means ...


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