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Inside the Nintendo 64 Special Pikachu Edition

January 16, 2015

I have wanted a Pikachu edition Nintendo 64 for a while now. I didn’t know what it did or what was inside but I felt it had a lot of modification potential. My curiosity eventually got the best of me and I bought one. It turns out it does very little. The only thing a Pikachu N64 does that your normal N64 doesn’t is blink Pikachu’s cheeks fifteen times when you power on. It isn’t going to blow your mind but it sure looks amazing.

Nintendo 64 - Pikachu Edition

Nintendo 64 - Pikachu Edition

Here is the inside of it. There is a lot of extra room in there.

Nintendo 64 - Pikachu Edition Inside

Nintendo 64 - Pikachu Edition Inside

Pikachu’s cheeks are actually removable. Red LEDs from the LED board go inside of them.

Nintendo 64 - Pikachu Edition

This is the LED board for Pikachu’s cheeks. It gets 3.3V from the main board (just like the controller ports and original LED). It has an 8-bit binary counter and a hex inverter.

Nintendo 64 - Pikachu Edition LED Control Board

Nintendo 64 - Pikachu Edition LED Control Board

The front power LED is not on this console. I guess Nintendo decided that three LEDs would just be too much.

Nintendo 64 - Pikachu Edition Front

Nintendo 64 - Pikachu Edition No Front LED

That’s it! Now I need to figure out what to do with it. If you are interested in one they can still be found for decent prices on eBay. Amazon
also has some but they can cost a bit more.

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