Play Nintendo 64 games in your browser using this new emulator

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Many of us that grew up as gamers in the ‘90s still hold fond memories of what could easily be described as one of the greatest eras in video game history. Sony’s first PlayStation console was supposed to be a joint project with Nintendo to develop a CD-ROM drive for the Super Nintendo but the deal ultimately faltered over revenue disputes. Instead, Sony released their own PlayStation in 1994 followed by the Nintendo 64 two years later and the rest is history.

Those in search of a trip down memory lane might be interested in a new Nintendo 64 emulator developed by Paul Holden. The program uses JavaScript and although it’s still very raw, Holden says it works with a small number of titles including Super Mario 64. Users will need to load the emulator using Google Chrome or a Firefox Nightly build as these are the only browsers that currently have the necessary features to run the app. Furthermore, you will be responsible for supplying your own ROMs.

As you can see in the video above, it’s not perfect as the game seems to run extremely slow. This is likely a software problem as today’s computers should be able to handle mid-90s graphics with ease.

Neowin points out that you might recognize Holden’s name if you follow the emulation scene. He was the original developer of Daedalus, a multi-platform emulator that eventually morphed into an open-source N64 emulator for Windows and the Sony PSP following his departure with the project.

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