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Nintendo 64 (N64) Expansion Pak - Add More Memory to your N64

Updated on September 17, 2017

Complete Your Nintendo 64 By Adding Additional Memory!

Adding the N64 expansion pak to your Nintendo 64 system console will increase the available memory from the standard 4MB to a total of 8MB. While some games require the expansion pak to play, other games are written to utilize the additional memory the expansion provides to enhance graphics and game-play. Any serious N64 gamer needs this accessory to realize the full potential of the Nintendo 64 system! The expansion pak is easy to install, and the entire process takes only a few minutes.

Should I Buy an Nintendo Expansion Pak or A Generic Alternative?

There have been reports that some of the aftermarket, or generic, expansion paks on the market have been experiencing compatibility issues with certain games. I used a couple aftermarket expansion paks in the past, and, personally, I never experienced any problems. However, I did not extensively test them, so I would still recommend choosing an authentic expansion pak made by Nintendo if one is available. There is about a $5 price difference between the two, so why not just go with the original and eliminate most issues? If you decide to go with the generic part then make sure you are aware of the return policy in case you do encounter any compatibility issues.

A Note of Caution...

Make sure the Nintendo 64 control deck (console) is not plugged in while you are installing the expansion pak! Always take appropriate safety precautions when working with electronic devices.

removing the old pak
removing the old pak

Installing the Expansion Pak

Begin by removing the lid that covers the memory expansion area on the top of the console. Then place the tip of a regular screwdriver on the back side of the jumper pack (the unit you are replacing with the expansion pak). Push back at bit on the screwdriver to pry the old one out. It should come out with minimal force applied. Then install the expansion pak by pressing it down into the slot the other one came out of. Press firmly to ensure that it goes down all the way. It's that easy!

Games that Support the N64 Expansion Pak

Games with ** require expansion pak to play

  • Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage

  • All-Star Baseball 2001

  • Armorines: Project S.W.A.R.M.

  • Army Men: Sarge's Heroes

  • Battlezone: Rise of the Black Dogs

  • Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness

  • Command & Conquer

  • Cruis'n World

  • Daikatana

  • Donkey Kong 64 **

  • Duke Nukem: Zero Hour

  • Extreme-G 2

  • Excitebike 64

  • F-1 World Grand Prix II

  • Gauntlet Legends

  • Hot Wheels

  • Hybrid Heaven

  • Hydro Thunder

  • Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine

  • International Track and Field 2000

  • Jeremy McGrath's Supercross 2000

  • Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest

  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

  • Madden NFL '99

  • Madden NFL 2000

  • NBA Courtside 2

  • NBA Jam 2000

  • NFL Quarterback Club '99

  • NFL Quarterback Club 2000

  • Nuclear Strike 64

  • Perfect Dark **

  • Pokémon Stadium 2

  • Quake 2

  • Rayman 2: The Great Escape

  • Re-volt

  • Resident Evil 2

  • Road Rash 64

  • Roadsters

  • San Francisco Rush 2049

  • Shadow Man

  • Spider-Man

  • South Park

  • South Park Rally

  • StarCraft 64 **

  • Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo

  • Star Wars: Episode 1: Racer

  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask **

  • The World Is Not Enough

  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

  • Top Gear Hyper-Bike

  • Top Gear Overdrive

  • Top Gear Rally 2

  • Turok 2: Seeds of Evil

  • Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion

  • Turok: Rage Wars

  • Vigilante 8

  • Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense

  • World Driver Championship

  • Xena: Warrior Princess: The Talisman of Fate

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Parts of the Nintendo Expansion Pak
Parts of the Nintendo Expansion Pak

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