At CES 2001 Iomega presented a new innovation called Peerless Drive System, a removable harddrive with a capacity between 5 and 20 gigabytes. The Peerless system was capable of being adapted to pretty
much anything, and as such Iomega had made an N64 version that, beside the "we did it because we could" factor, didn't really serve any purpose.
Wether it was just a sad mockup or if the N64 Peerless Drive was actually operateable is unknown at this time, next to no info exists along with the few pictures floating around on the net.
Given that fact that the Peerless Drive didn't launch until late 2001, plus no Nintendo64 version was ever announced, along with the fact that the Nintendo64 by that time was used as doorstops in most
American homes (i'm just guessing of course, in case you hadn't figured, ed.) the device just wasn't going to happen. Oh yeah and I almost forgot the $250 price tag on the regular USB version.
Looking deeper into the picture archives of the Internet, I'm starting to believe that the N64 version didn't even exist, but what people saw at CES was simply a regular Peerless Drive stuck into an N64
to visualize it's portability.
Why do I say that? Well there was no running prototype of the N64 Peerless Drive, the N64 cartridge slot looks altered - look closely, compare to a normal N64 and you'll see what I mean. Also the final
design for the "PC" version is pretty much identical to the one sitting so comfy in the N64.
Oh yeah and there were other mockups shown at CES....
So there can only be one conclusion, the N64 Peerless Drive never existed and Iomega never claimed it did nor did they claim to have any affiliation with Nintendo to make one.
At Iomega, as a platform Peerless, is aiming to incorporate a variety of equipment. Therefore, at the venue had shown and DVR (digital video recorder), a case such as built-in to the game machine. However, both in the mock-up in the panel "These products, never and not supported by the manufacturer of each device, also mean a certain relationship between product and Iomega (The makers of these consumer electronics products do not sponsor or endorse had been marked and in no way affiliated with Iomega's product.) ". |
... It just didn't happen, thanks for reading :-)