Nintendo 64 Emulators & ROMs
Emulators can run games like the the Zelda rom, Mario Kart rom and Starfox rom on your computer. Nintendo 64 emulators can currently run most games on newer computers very well.
Nintendo 64 (N64)
The Nintendo 64 is a video game console offered by the Nintendo Gaming Company. Nintendo had two game consoles prior to the Nintendo 64 (N64). It was released to offer a different technology than the previous consoles had allowed. The N64 was created with a 64- bit CPU. This meant it would load games at a faster speed.
The release of the game console was June 1996 for Japan. A few months later in September 1996 the Nintendo 64 was released in North America. The design of the Nintendo 64 still allowed for cartridges to be used like the other Nintendo home consoles. It was the last machine to use cartridges actually, as its successor started using mini DVD’s. When the Nintendo 64 was first released it had two games: Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64.
The Nintendo 64 sold for $199 in North America. The sales of the machine totaled to 33 million worldwide. The amount of game consoles sold is less than succeeding consoles, as the Nintendo 64 lacked a few qualities needed for popular games, but more on that later. When the Nintendo 64 was released there were 8 different colors and sizes. There was also some limited edition controllers sold with the machines.
The N64 had several technological advancements, but the hardware was still limited. For instance, the space on the hard drive was smaller, which meant the games could not have as much data to form the pictures. It also had a limited texture cache in that the images had to be small and the color was not as brilliant as the consoles we have today. Much of the games for the N64 resulted in blurry images. The console could not support such games as Final Fantasy and other story board games due to the lack of space and graphics. It was this problem that caused sales in N64 to be lower than expected.
Nintendo 64 was a group project by Nintendo, Silicon Graphics, and MIPS Technologies. Silicon Graphics designed the system and the Central Processing Unit. Sega was also in on the deal to formulate the game console. Sega was not impressed with the chips design. There was a process of redoing the chips in order to get a better CGI image.
While there were two games originally sold with the machine, a few more games were created. Rareware and Midway joined in a project for Killer Instinct and Cruis’in USA. These games had the N64 hardware built in. In later years Resident Evil 2, Conkers Bad Fur Day, and Square were other games released.
The Nintendo 64 is still a great console to own if players want to go back in history to play some of the simpler, yet exciting games. Many of the games for the N64 were for children, so they have a rating of G. Today if you don’t have an N64 console at home there is the option of emulator games online to give you the experience of the N64 game console.