Check out this video of a N64 clone that will be at E3

midian182

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Developed by LA-based company Hyperkin, which makes game peripherals and clone consoles, the prototype ‘Retron Ult Premium Retro Gaming Console for N64’ uses emulation to bring classic games back to life.

Hyperkin project manager Andrew Steel unveiled the clone in a LinkedIn post, along with a video of it running Mario Kart 64, Super Mario 64, Super Smash Bros., and GoldenEye.

The Ultra Retron plays original N64 cartridges, though it’s unclear how many of the games will be supported. The video show it being used with Hyperkin’s own take on the N64 controller, which is very similar to Nintendo’s original three-pronged device. It comes with a three-foot HDMI cable and a six-foot USB Type-C cable, plays titles at 720p, and supports both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios.

N64today reports that the Ultra Retron likely uses the Mupen64 emulator. N64 emulation is far from perfect—you can see a glitch in the TV above the tunnel in Mario Kart 64—but this is a prototype so bugs could be ironed out before the final release.

No word on a potential launch date, but the Ultra Retron will be making an appearance at next week’s E3 conference in Los Angeles, so we’ll doubtlessly learn more then.

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mcborge

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I wonder if those controllers are compatible with an original N64 as my controllers are literally on their last legs. It's hard to find original replacements these days that aren't as worn out as the ones I already have.
 

Catweazle

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Hasn't N64 emulation always been terrible? Besides real N64 consoles aren't exactly rare or expensive.
 

ferrellsl

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Hasn't N64 emulation always been terrible? Besides real N64 consoles aren't exactly rare or expensive.

No, Project64 and Mupen64 have been excellent at N64 emulation for nearly a decade now. But yes, original N64 consoles are cheap and plentiful. but as Forgotten Legion said, they only produce composite video which looks very poor when upscaled on modern flat panel Tv's
 

Catweazle

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No, Project64 and Mupen64 have been excellent at N64 emulation for nearly a decade now. But yes, original N64 consoles are cheap and plentiful. but as Forgotten Legion said, they only produce composite video which looks very poor when upscaled on modern flat panel Tv's

Glad to hear it has improved, I guess it has been many years since I last tried them and I remember how awful it used to be. True about how old consoles look on new TVs though there are numerous HDMI mod kits available for the N64 and other systems. Personally I prefer playing them on my CRT TV so it's never been an issue for me, but I can see how this is an attractive purchase for the average person.
 

kmo911

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If they do like retron 5 game console they may get extreme support. n54 was just like ps1 console. many good games but no marked to get them out when ps1 n64 stagged. if the get support for cheat codes and can play roms.(if you are gonna buying all n64 games you gonna needing psykical care after. the cost would be millions. remember you can buy from other stores like china japan, or multi games roms support. everdrive 64 are lovely. so on with game genie game shark support snes nes sega g gb c.