N64 (Nintendo 64)

N64 Emulators

About the N64

Nintendo 64 Console

The Nintendo 64 (Often abbreviated to N64) is Nintendo’s third attempt at a video game console. It was the world’s true first 64-bit CPU console. The N64 saw the the release of many games that are touted as being some of the best of all time, these ranged from much raved Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time to the game touted with revolutionizing the FPS genre GoldenEye 007.

Graphically the Nintendo 64 was the more powerful of the 5th generation consoles, its boost in power was helped in that it came in at the end of the 5th generation of consoles. The N64’s graphics chip was capable of trilinear filtering among other more advanced 3D techniques. However the true power of the N64 console was inhibited by the smaller storage size of the ROM cartridges. The smaller size made developers have to reduce the amount of textures used and use other methods such as gouraud shading or extremely simple textures.

Emulation wise the N64 is still to be perfected, while the vast majority of games are playable there are still a few that are completely unplayable. Most problems with N64 emulation and its compatibility doesn’t come from its CPU, but from its GPU. The GPU uses methods that are rather complicated to successfully emulate on modern GPU’s, while a modern GPU is far more powerful we simply don’t have the same access to it as developers on the original N64 would have to its GPU. It is also not helped that there is rather a lack of documentation on the way the GPU operates for specific games, one of the most significant of these being Star Wars Rogue Squadron. Best compatibility emulator wise is Project 64 offering full and fast support for the vast majority of games, video plugin wise, Glide64 is the go to for best emulation of the GPU side, however it does sacrifice speed.

N64 Emulators

Project 64 is probably the most famous of the Nintendo 64 Emulators, it has been around for an extremely long time and has done an amazing job at successfully emulating the Nintendo 64, while still being performance friendly.

Mupen64 Plus is another extremely capable Nintendo 64 emulator that has been around for a long time, it has been ported to numerous systems and is regarded as one of the best Nintendo 64 Emulators.

1964 Emulator has now ceased active development, but was at one point regarded as one of the best Nintendo 64 Emulators around, making use of an extremely fast recompiler core that gave it an edge in performance.

N64 Texture Packs

N64 Specifications

  • Processor: RISC NEC VR4300 (64-bit)
  • Processor Speed: 93.75 MHz
  • Co-Processor: SGI RISC RCP(“Reality” co-processor) (64-bit)
  • Co-Processor Speed: 62.6 Mhz
  • Graphics Processor: RDP (Reality drawing processor), built into co-processor
  • RAM: 4 MB RDRAM upgradeable to 8MB
  • Colors Available:16.7 million
  • Max colors on screen: 32768
  • Resolution: 256 x 224 to 640 x 480 pixels
  • Sound: ADPCM-support, 16-bit stereo (MP3 support via software)