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The Rumble Pak (振動パック Shindō Pakku) is a removable device from Nintendo which provides force feedback while playing video games. Games that support the Rumble Pak cause it to vibrate in select situations, such as when firing a weapon or receiving damage, to immerse the player in the game. Versions of the Rumble Pak are available for the Nintendo 64, the Nintendo DS, and the Nintendo DS Lite. A select few Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games use a similar technology built into the game cartridge. The use of external Rumble Paks, since their introduction, is still rare today. This, however, is mainly because the force feedback vibration that they provide has become a built-in standard feature in almost every home video game console controller since. The force feedback has become the popular rumble pack made by Nintendo however. N64 games with rumble on Virtual Console are not supported by the built in "Rumble" feature of the Classic Controller or GameCube Controller, despite their capabillities of doing so.

Nintendo 64[]

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The original Rumble Pak, designed for the Nintendo 64 controller, was released in April 1997 in Japan, July 1997 in North America, and October 1997 in Europe. It requires two AAA batteries and is inserted into the controller's memory cartridge slot, which prevents simultaneous use of the Controller Pak. This usually has little impact, as Nintendo 64 games are cartridge based and have the ability to store saved data in the cartridge, but for games that support the Controller Pak, it is possible to switch between accessories at certain points, a method known as "hot swapping".[1]

The Rumble Pak was introduced bundled with the game Star Fox 64 (known as Lylat Wars in the PAL region) and made available as a separate purchase two months later. Rumble Pak support soon became a standard for N64 games. Launch titles Wave Race 64 and Super Mario 64 were re-released in Japan in July 1997 with Rumble Pak support.[2][3]

Several thirdparty versions of the Rumble Pak, such as the Tremor Pak, followed. Some draw power from the controller instead of batteries, but the lower power makes them less effective. The TremorPak Plus allows a memory card to be inserted simultaneously, eliminating the need to switch between two accessories.[4] The Nyko Hyper Pak Plus contains internal memory and allows the user to adjust the amount of feedback between "hard" and "too hard".[5]

Reception[]

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When reviewing Star Fox 64, IGN praised the Rumble Pak, stating that it "adds an unusual burst of arcade ecstasy to the game".

IGN's Levi Buchanan wrote an 11th birthday article on the Nintendo 64's Rumble Pak, describing how its influence led to rumble being "an industry standard within a single generation". He said that it is bulky and heavy when attached to the Nintendo 64 controller, but that "the trade-off was actually worth it".

More recently, in TWGNews's "Top 10 Controller Innovations" article, the Rumble Pak is listed as #8, saying "the Rumble Pak added a whole new level of immersion to the fifth generation of video games".

List of compatible games[]

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  • 1080° Snowboarding
  • A Bug's Life
  • AeroFighters Assault
  • All-Star Baseball '99
  • All-Star Baseball 2000
  • All-Star Baseball 2001
  • Armorines: Project S.W.A.R.M.
  • Army Men: Air Combat
  • Army Men: Sarge's Heroes
  • Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2
  • Asteroids Hyper 64
  • Automobili Lamborghini
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Bass Hunter 64
  • Bass Masters 2000
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
  • BattleTanx
  • BattleTanx: Global Assault
  • Battlezone: Rise of the Black Dogs
  • Beetle Adventure Racing
  • Big Mountain 2000
  • Bio Freaks
  • Blues Brothers 2000
  • Body Harvest
  • Bomberman 64: The Second Attack
  • Bomberman Hero
  • Buck Bumble
  • Bust-A-Move '99
  • California Speed
  • Carmageddon 64
  • Chameleon Twist 2
  • Charlie Blast's Territory
  • Chopper Attack
  • Command & Conquer
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day
  • Cruis'n Exotica
  • Cruis'n World
  • Cyber Tiger
  • Daikatana
  • Deadly Arts
  • Destruction Derby 64
  • Diddy Kong Racing (Japanese re-release)
  • Disney's Tarzan
  • Donkey Kong 64
  • Duck Dodgers Starring Daffy Duck
  • Duke Nukem 64
  • Duke Nukem: Zero Hour
  • ECW Hardcore Revolution
  • Excitebike 64
  • Extreme-G
  • Extreme-G XG2
  • F-1 World Grand Prix
  • F-1 World Grand Prix II
  • F-Zero X
  • Fighters Destiny
  • Fighter Destiny 2
  • Fighting Force 64
  • Flying Dragon
  • Forsaken 64
  • Gauntlet Legends
  • Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko
  • Goemon's Great Adventure
  • GoldenEye 007
  • GT 64: Championship Edition
  • Hot Wheels Turbo Racing
  • HSV Adventure Racing
  • Hybrid Heaven
  • Hydro Thunder
  • Iggy's Reckin' Balls
  • Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine
  • Indy Racing 2000
  • International Superstar Soccer 2000
  • International Track & Field 2000
  • Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000
  • Jet Force Gemini
  • Ken Griffey Jr's Slugfest
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
  • Knife Edge: Nose Gunner
  • Knockout Kings 2000
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Lego Racers
  • Lode Runner 3-D
  • Madden NFL '99
  • Madden NFL 2000
  • Madden NFL 2001
  • Madden NFL 2002
  • Madden 64
  • Magical Tetris Challenge
  • Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • Mario Golf
  • Mario Party
  • Mario Party 2
  • Mario Party 3
  • Mario Tennis
  • Mega Man 64
  • Michael Owen's WLS 2000
  • Mickey's Speedway USA
  • Micro Machines
  • Mike Piazza's Strike Zone
  • Milo's Astro Lanes
  • Mission: Impossible
  • Monaco Grand Prix
  • Monster Truck Madness
  • Mortal Kombat 4
  • Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Multi Racing Championship
  • Mystical Ninja 2 Starring Goemon
  • NASCAR '99
  • NASCAR 2000
  • NBA Courtside 2: Featuring Kobe Bryant
  • NBA In The Zone '98
  • NBA In The Zone '99
  • NBA In The Zone 2000
  • NBA Jam 2000
  • NBA Live '99
  • NBA Live 2000
  • NFL Blitz
  • NFL Blitz 2000
  • NFL Blitz 2001
  • NFL Blitz Special Edition
  • NFL Quarterback Club '98
  • NFL Quarterback Club '99
  • NHL '99
  • NHL Blades of Steel '99
  • NHL Breakaway '98
  • NHL Breakaway '99
  • Nightmare Creatures
  • Nuclear Strike 64
  • Off Road Challenge
  • Operation WinBack
  • Paper Mario
  • Paperboy 64
  • Perfect Dark
  • Polaris SnoCross
  • Quake 64
  • Quake II
  • Rally Challenge 2000
  • Rampage 2: Universal Tour
  • Rampage World Tour
  • Razor Freestyle Scooter
  • Ready 2 Rumble Boxing
  • Ready 2 Rumble Boxing Round 2
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Re-Volt
  • Ridge Racer 64
  • Road Rash 64
  • Roadsters
  • Robotron 64
  • Rocket: Robot on Wheels
  • Rugrats: Scavenger Hunt
  • Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA
  • S.C.A.R.S.
  • San Francisco Rush
  • San Francisco Rush 2049
  • Shadowman
  • Snowboard Kids
  • Snowboard Kids 2
  • South Park Rally
  • South Park
  • Space Invaders
  • Space Station Silicon Valley
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth
  • Star Wars Episode I Racer
  • Star Wars Rogue Squadron
  • Star Wars: Battle for Naboo
  • Starcraft 64
  • Star Fox 64
  • Stunt Racer 64
  • Super Bowling
  • Super Mario 64 (Japanese re-release)
  • Super Smash Bros
  • Supercross 2000
  • Superman 64
  • Tom & Jerry in Fists of Furry
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
  • 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
  • Top Gear Rally 2
  • Toy Story 2
  • Transformers: Beast Wars Transmetals
  • Triple Play 2000
  • Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
  • Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion
  • Turok: Rage Wars
  • Twisted Edge Extreme Snowboarding
  • V-Rally Edition '99
  • Waialae Country Club: True Golf Classics
  • Wave Race 64 (Japanese re-release)
  • WCW Backstage Assault
  • WCW Mayhem
  • WCW Nitro
  • WCW/nWo Revenge
  • WCW vs. nWo: World Tour
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Wipeout 64
  • World Driver Championship
  • The World Is Not Enough
  • WWF Attitude
  • WWF No Mercy
  • WWF War Zone
  • WWF Wrestlemania 2000
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: The Talisman of Fate
  • Yoshi's Story

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