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Nintendo 64 rumble pak

Nintendo 64 Rumble Pak accessory.

The Rumble Pak is an add-on accessory for Nintendo's Nintendo 64 console. It is plugged into the expansion slot on the Nintendo 64 controller and when activated, causes the controller to vibrate. It was designed and produced by Nintendo, and was first released as a box-in with the game Star Fox 64, it being the first game to use the accessory. The Pak is powered by two AAA batteries. The Nintendo Wii's Virtual Console port of Star Fox 64 does not support the feature, which was one of the crowing features of the original.

In Star Fox 64

The Rumble Pack was used to simulate crashes with solid objects, such as crashing into enemy ships, meteorites, ground, etc, and other things, like enemy fire. It helped popularizing Star Fox 64.

Star Fox 64 supports the Rumble Pak Controller Accessory, a revolutionary force-feedback device that plugs into the Nintendo 64 Controller. Once installed, the Rumble Pak will vibrate in response to specific events that occur during the game. The varying vibrations draw the player into the game by providing additional information about the game conditions. For example, if you're getting pegged from behind by enemy fire, the Rumble Pak will shake to let you know! There are several different vibration levels, from the gentle rumble triggered when you hit the booster rockets to the fierce shaking that simulates the buffeting effect of a cataclysmic explosion.
—Star Fox 64.com

Degrees of Rumble

Rumble1

How the Rumble Pak plugs into the controller and functions.

Fire your booster rockets… and the Rumble Pak gives a slight jiggle.
—Rumble type 1
Take a hit from enemy fire… and the Rumble Pak shakes more.
—Rumble type 2
Destroy one of Andross's lieutenants… and the Rumble Pak almost leaps out of your hands!
—Rumble type 3
The Rumble Pak contains a small motor, powered by two AAA batteries, that spins to send vibrations to the player's N64 Controller. Modulation of the motor allows for a nearly infinite variety of vibration levels for different effects. The Rumble Pak is compatible with selected Nintendo and third party games, including GoldenEye 007. The Rumble Pak can be purchased at retail stores. It can also be ordered directly from Nintendo by calling Nintendo of America Consumer Service at 1-800-255-3700 (in North America only) or accessing Nintendo Power Source's Online Store. The MSRP is $19.95.
—Rumble Pak Technical Data; Star Fox 64.com

Rumble Pack

The Star Fox 64 game is compatible with the Rumble Pak accessory (single and Vs. mode). If you connect the Rumble Pak accessory to the controller, when your machine is hit during the game, you will feel different degrees of vibrations. You'll feel like you're actually sitting in the cockpit of the Arwing!
—Star Fox 64; Instruction Booklet

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