German DJ Remute is releasing his next album as a Nintendo 64 cartridge

You'll need to own a Nintendo 64 to use the fully-functional cartridge

Hamburg-based musician Remute has announced that his next project will be “the first ever music album released as a Nintendo 64 cartridge”.

Remute’s next album will be called ‘R64’ and will be housed on a Nintendo 64 cartridge. As Remute clarifies on his Bandcamp page, this isn’t simply a packaging gimmick – the N64 cartridge will be a fully-functional “cartridge for your console”, so buyers will need a Nintendo 64 to use the cartridge.

Remute – who has previously released albums as cartridges for retro consoles like the SNES and Game Boy – says that fans can expect copies of ‘R64’ to start shipping from around March 25, 2022.

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As for what’s on it, Remute says it’s his “most diverse and playful album so far and contains 15 brand new songs ranging from ultra-catchy electro pop reminiscent of Yello, Kraftwek or Yellow Magic Orchestra to sinister techno and house excursions”.

As ‘R64’ is contained in a Nintendo 64 cartridge, it’s also subject to the hardware limitations of the 1990’s console. ‘R64’ uses just 8MB of storage to play, and Remute adds that there’s no “cheating” – the album (or the cartridge) hasn’t been modified with any “embedded MP3 player” or “terribly compressed WAV files on a microSD card”.

Remute also thanks “genius Nintendo 64 dev” Rasky for not only creating the sound engine used by the unique album, but also for making a “trippy 3D experience” to accompany the album.

If you find yourself lacking a Nintendo 64 console, have no fear – the “Plus Edition” of ‘R64’ also comes with a 7″ vinyl with hi-res versions of several songs from the album.

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