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N64 emulation: better than the real thing



Racketboy has a great article showing off some of the capabilities of the modern N64 emulator. If your machine is fast enough, most of the available emulators will really give you a noticeable resolution boost and better looking anti-aliased models. Using the Rice Video plugin with the Project64 emulator, you can even swap out the textures for some games with user-created texture packs.

I still use the real hardware (is the N64 considered “retro” now?), so before seeing this, I hadn’t even considered emulation for this platform. That all changed when I saw the Mario64 mod shown above. The selection of available emulators is impressive, and there are open source emulators available for just about every platform. I’m currently playing a game under Mupen64 on my iMac and it’s pretty flawless. My only wish is that all computers came, by default, with a nice joystick like they did back in the 80s.

Enhance N64 Graphics With Emulation Plugins & Texture Packs – Link
Project64 Emulator – Link
Rice Video Plugin – Link
Mupen64 Emulator (cross-platform, open source) – Link

5 thoughts on “N64 emulation: better than the real thing

  1. Kevin says:

    What PPC Mac are you using? And old iMac?

    I have a 1.25GHZ G4 (PPC) running the latest Safari and have no problems with Google Earth and such issues. Odd.

    The Application is actually much nicer for doing such things anyway actually..

    The only time I use google earth in the browser is when I am at a computer that doesn’t have it installed, and for some reason I don’t want to install anything on it.

  2. Justin Ribeiro says:

    From my standpoint, Clusterer is a must have if you’re working with Google Maps and a lot of data points. There are other ways to do the same thing, but Clusterer just works.

    I’ve been using clusterer2.js on a couple Google Maps mashups for better part of a year and it works very well. I’d recommend it.

    For a demo of an implementation of clusterer2.js I’ve completed (with some of my modifications, including clickable cluster list items) try:

    Cheers, Justin

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