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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


 BizHawk    Windows   Open-Source          Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarNo Star 8.5 (29 Votes) 
  Multi-system emulator designed for Tool-Assisted Speedruns (TAS)
 Project64   Windows, Android   Freeware          Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarNo Star 8.4 (4040 Votes) 
  One of the best Nintendo 64 emulators available.
 SupraHLE   Windows   Freeware          Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarHalf StarNo Star 7.9 (34 Votes) 
  Hacked version of UltraHLE which supports more features and games.
 Mupen64++   Windows   Free          Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarHalf StarNo Star 7.9 (128 Votes) 
  
 RetroArch    Multi-platform   Open-Source          Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarHalf StarNo Star 7.8 (14 Votes) 
  Frontend for the Libretro API, effectively a multi-system emulator
 Mupen64   Windows   Freeware          Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarHalf StarNo Star 7.7 (67 Votes) 
  Nintendo 64 emulator designed to be portable to multiple systems.
 1964   Windows   Freeware          Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarHalf StarNo Star 7.7 (269 Votes) 
  In the same league as Project64, or in other words, it's GOOD.
 UltraHLE   Windows   Freeware          Rating: Full StarFull StarHalf StarNo StarNo Star 6.9 (86 Votes) 
  The legendary Nintendo 64 emulator. Unfortunately not updated anymore since it's release.
 mupen64plus   Windows, MacOS, Linux   Free          Rating: Full StarFull StarNo StarNo StarNo Star 6.8 (85 Votes) 
  Cross platform N64 emulator.
 UltraHLE 2064   Windows   Freeware          Rating: Full StarFull StarNo StarNo StarNo Star 6.5 (34 Votes) 
  The succesor of a legend!
 Daedalus   Windows   Freeware          Rating: Half StarNo StarNo StarNo StarNo Star 4.7 (18 Votes) 
  Good open source Nintendo 64 emulator.
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