Play Nintendo 64 games in your browser using this new emulator

By Shawn Knight · 19 replies
Aug 17, 2012
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  1. 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……

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  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    The biggest problem with emulators isn't really their reproduction of the game... its the controller. I know there are adapters for old school controllers to work on PCs, but most people don't have them. So trying to play Mario 64 on a keyboard, or some PS2esque PC controller just doesn't work. Need the same 'feel' of playing, and the controller is a big part of that.
  3. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Maniac Posts: 252   +124

    Most people don't have $12?
  4. Just plug in your PS3 or 360 game controller into your USB port and configure away!
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,713   +855

    That's pretty cool. The N64 was the last console I owned and I played the hell out of it. Would be nice to relive some of those games.
  6. Dukenukemx

    Dukenukemx TS Member Posts: 71   +16

    How's that a big problem? Just get yourself a universal adapter to plug in old game controllers. They sell them online, and as long as you have the original controller, then you can enjoy old school gaming. Only with better graphics and save states.
  7. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +86

    Unless its and rpg! FF7 and FF6 ftw!
  8. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    You can buy SNES, N64, PS2 and several other gamepads using USB.
    I bought 2 SNES USB gamepads for my ZSNES and they work great.
  9. NoNamesLeft

    NoNamesLeft TS Rookie

    Isnt this pretty much piracy?
  10. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    Supplying the roms would be piracy.
  11. slamscaper

    slamscaper TS Booster Posts: 191   +38

    Emulators themselves are completely legal in every aspect. However, almost all the ROMs are copyrighted so it's illegal to obtain them for free. It's also illegal to sell or share ROMs without the consent of the copyright holder. Dumping ROM's yourself is legal, provided that you own the game in question.

    There are a few older ROM's that can be legally downloaded by anyone. This is because the developer\publisher has released the copyright. The MAME developers offer these ROM's on their website.

    I would love to see another great N64 emulator get released. Project 64 is decent, but there are quite a few games that just aren't emulated correctly. Mario Tennis is a great example. I've been wanting to play this game for ages, but every emulator available has issues with it (this is a tough game to emulate correctly).

    Funnily, the excellent Dolphin emulator (mainly a Wii emulator) can emulate the N64 version of Mario Tennis perfectly. However, the Wii actually uses emulation to run N64 games, therefore Dolphin runs these games the same way. That essentially means you're running an emulator inside an emulator when you run N64 games on Dolphin, which means they'll run slow. Mario Tennis runs at 50%-80% speed, which makes it unplayable. So, I can run Mario Tennis at full speed with a ton of graphical errors (PJ64), or run it at 50%-80% speed with no graphical errors (Dolphin). Man, I need to just buy a Wii and be done with it, LOL.
  12. If you have a moral objection to people downloading ROMs for games from 15 years ago, that are no longer for sale other than second hand on eBay for a few bucks (which the original developers wont see a penny from either) and that the people downloading most likely already bought and own or owned at some point then you need to get a life.
  13. PS, 1964 is the best N64 emulator, slamscaper. Not sure if it plays Mario Tennis but it is much more mature than Project 64 was, and is still in active development.
  14. slamscaper

    slamscaper TS Booster Posts: 191   +38

    Actually guest, PJ64 has overtaken 1964 as the best N64 emulator. The latest stable release of PJ64 emulates more games than 1964, plus it's coded more efficiently.

    PJ64 is also still under development. The PJ64 team has been working on v1.7 for a long while and they plan to release it in the future. A beta version can be downloaded from their site, however a donation is required.

    Mario Tennis suffers from the same issues on 1964. This is because both emulators use a similar graphics plug-in. That said, PJ64 can be tweaked to minimize the graphical anomalies, while you just have to deal with them all when using 1964.
  15. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,069   +218

    For free legal roms go here, btw if that thing wont let you use a controller you can get a emulator here.
  16. Game102

    Game102 TS Rookie

    While I don't care that you rightfully backup your copies, I just wanted to point this out.
    That's a common misconception even if you have your own game, even if it's just one copy or "backup."
    Even though each game manual legal information is different.
    Nintendo even points out their issues of backups.
    If you're interested just google "The nintendo legend of zelda minish cap pdf" then go to the last page there is a whole page dedicated to what I said about backups .
  17. DKRON

    DKRON TS Guru Posts: 569   +25

    didn't anyone else see the obvious massive lag with that video, would just give me a headache playing it at 5FPS
  18. ANTIjailbreak

    ANTIjailbreak TS Rookie Posts: 22

    if your a noob with emulaters they can be a real pain. iv pretty much only cared about putting epsxe 1.7.0 which is still the latest version. its really good and fun. my biggest deal with it at the end of setting it up was the controllers left analoge stick was not working. at the time I was trying to play a game that in my opinion is the best game ever. APE ESCAPE 1 on ps1. I dont think they call it rumble on pc controllers cause that what sony calls them if I remember right. I think rumble is what makes the analoge sticks work. pc controllers have a different name but the same feature. some of them at least. please correct me if im wrong.
  19. Xenos1257

    Xenos1257 TS Rookie

    Project 64 is obviously the superior N64 Emulator out there, but I've been waiting 5+ years for the new version to be released, and I'm pretty convinced that all these years of waiting equals no 1.7 in the future.
  20. q19pz

    q19pz TS Rookie

    PJ64 has some bugs that 1964 doesn't, but it doesn't make up for the 100000+ bugs 1964 has, and the original purpose of 1964, was for people with low PC performance, Project 64 was just a normal n64 emulator, and is compatible with almost any n64 game you play on it without difficulty.

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