Bug information and programming guides for the N64 will be periodically released. All information that will become unnecessary with software (library, etc.) and hardware upgrades used in development will be noted together. Please utilize this information after confirming that the information concerns your specific upgrade.
The purpose of this newsletter is to describe frequently recurring problems with N64 Software Submissions which delay their approval through the Nintendo software submissions approval process (Lot Check). Please ensure that a copy of this document is circulated among your N64 software development team. Taking these items into consideration during your software development process will greatly improve the probability that your N64 software will be rapidly approved by Nintendo.
Submissions Compatible with Controller Pak/Rumble Pak
Most (70%) of the problems which delay Nintendo approval of N64 Software Submissions are related to Controller Pak or Rumble Pak messages. Please ensure that your development team is thoroughly familiar with all Controller Pak and Rumble Pak programming cautions. These cautions are documented in the Programming Cautions Manual.
Controller Not Connected Messages
When a Controller is not connected to the N64 Control Deck at game initialization a message must be displayed to notify the user of this condition. There are only 2 messages which are acceptable. These messages are:
Rumble Pak Does Not Stop Rumbling
Nintendo requires that a Rumble Pak stop rumbling under the following specific conditions.
An inexpensive Rumble Pak Tester can be produced using a Nintendo retail Rumble Pak by following the steps listed below. This Rumble Pak Tester simulates a brief communication failure between the Rumble Pak and the Controller. It will verify that your software program will properly control the Rumble Pak under the conditions described above. This is part of the testing process performed by Nintendo on all Rumble Pak compatible software.
Create Rumble Pak Tester
Operation of Rumble Pak Tester