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Randnet, also known as landnet, was an online service that allowed players to view each others games, surf the web, listen to music, or battle each other on the N64DD. Launched in Japan in December 1999, It was included as part of the N64DD package, along with the modem cartridge, expansion pack, and Randnet Browser Disc.
Players could access the following services:
- Play against other gamers and swap scores.
- Watch other players' game sessions.
- Play demos levels from upcoming games.
- e-mail with other users.
- Swap messages with the game programmers.
- Surf the Internet.
- Check online sports scores, weather, and news.
- Listen to music.
- Create custom avatars and interact with other users.
Randnet was popular with the limited N64DD userbase, but was ultimately discontinued in February 2001. Nintendo was kind enough to buy back all Randnet hardware and provide free service until the final shutoff date.