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Nintendo 64 Emulators


The N64 was released in mid-1996 as Nintendo's front-runner in the original next-gen console wars. Although it was a much higher powered machine than Sony's Playstation or Sega's Saturn, the N64 always lagged behind in sales. Nintendo chose to sell the machine on the merits of its fast-loading cartridge system and the insignificant fact that it featured a 64-bit architecture - unfortunately for Nintendo, people were more impressed by high-capacity CD media, in-game movie sequences and pre-recorded soundtracks than fast loading and the size of the machine's pipeline. Developers often preferred the Playstation for their titles due to the N64's inability to provide media rich content which games such as the Final Fantasy series demanded. Although the hardware facilitated classics such as Goldeneye and the late Perfect Dark, it wasn't enough to win over the masses.



Fortunately the system is well-emulated, allowing us to play legendary games such as Zelda, Turok & Goldeneye. A fairly modern system is needed to play emulate the machine, and a 3D accelerated graphics card is an absolute must (onboard graphics won't cut the mustard here). Game ROMs are available from ripped cartridges, ranging in size (5MB-70MB).

Specs:
  • CPU: MIPS R4300i, 93.75MHz, 64-bit, 24KB L1, 125 MIPS, 250 MB/sec Bus
  • Graphics: SGI RCP, 62.5MHz, 100 MFLOPS, 150K Polygons/Sec, 32-bit Color, 500 MB/sec Bus
  • Sound: SGI RCP, 64 2D Voices, ADPCM, 500 MB/sec Bus
  • Data: 4MB (500 MB/s), Cartridge (32MB), Expansion 4MB RAM

Emulators


 SupraHLE   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 8.7 (23 Votes) 
  Hacked version of UltraHLE which supports more features and games.
 Project64   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 8.4 (3811 Votes) 
  One of the best Nintendo 64 emulators available.
 Mupen64++   Windows   Free          Rating: 7.9 (110 Votes) 
  
 1964   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 7.8 (262 Votes) 
  In the same league as Project64, or in other words, it's GOOD.
 Mupen64   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 7.5 (61 Votes) 
  Nintendo 64 emulator designed to be portable to multiple systems.
 Nemu64   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 7.3 (103 Votes) 
  One of the older Nintendo 64 emulators. Requires a very fast PC.
 mupen64plus   Windows, MacOS, Linux   Free          Rating: 7.1 (77 Votes) 
  Cross platform N64 emulator.
 UltraHLE   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 7.0 (76 Votes) 
  The legendary Nintendo 64 emulator. Unfortunately not updated anymore since it's release.
 UltraHLE 2064   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 6.6 (31 Votes) 
  The succesor of a legend!
 Corn   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 6.3 (26 Votes) 
  Very fast Nintendo 64 emulator, even on very slow systems. Unfortunately it runs very few games.
 TR64   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 5.9 (13 Votes) 
  Nintendo 64 emulator by the creators of TRWin.
 TRWin   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 5.1 (16 Votes) 
  This emulator lags behind the rest, but you never know what might happen.
 Daedalus   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 4.9 (17 Votes) 
  Good open source Nintendo 64 emulator.
 Apollo   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 3.8 (12 Votes) 
  Promising Nintendo 64 emulator.
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