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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


 Project64   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 8.8 (70852 Votes) 
  One of the best Nintendo 64 emulators available.
 1964   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 8.0 (3772 Votes) 
  In the same league as Project64, or in other words, it's GOOD.
 UltraHLE   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 8.0 (4946 Votes) 
  The legendary Nintendo 64 emulator. Unfortunately not updated anymore since it's release.
 Nemu64   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 7.8 (3881 Votes) 
  One of the older Nintendo 64 emulators. Requires a very fast PC.
 Mupen64   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 7.7 (928 Votes) 
  Nintendo 64 emulator designed to be portable to multiple systems.
 mupen64plus   Windows, MacOS, Linux   Free          Rating: 7.4 (90 Votes) 
  Cross platform N64 emulator.
 Corn   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 7.3 (1307 Votes) 
  Very fast Nintendo 64 emulator, even on very slow systems. Unfortunately it runs very few games.
 SupraHLE   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 7.2 (534 Votes) 
  Hacked version of UltraHLE which supports more features and games.
 Daedalus   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 7.1 (429 Votes) 
  Good open source Nintendo 64 emulator.
 UltraHLE 2064   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 6.9 (418 Votes) 
  The succesor of a legend!
 TR64   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 6.4 (282 Votes) 
  Nintendo 64 emulator by the creators of TRWin.
 Apollo   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 6.4 (342 Votes) 
  Promising Nintendo 64 emulator.
 TRWin   Windows   Freeware          Rating: 6.2 (493 Votes) 
  This emulator lags behind the rest, but you never know what might happen.
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