One of the most heartbreaking moments in a gamer’s life is when his or her favorite gaming console gets discontinued. This immediately spells doom for the said device since it won’t be getting any support from its manufacturer and new games won’t be made for it. Thankfully though there’s still a way to play your favorite games on the said device by the use of emulators.
If you are a big fan of the Nintendo 64 which was launched in the 90’s and want to experience playing games made for that gaming device then you can do so even without the console. All you need is an Android smartphone, an emulator and the ROM of the title you fancy playing and you’re good to go.
For the hardware you will want to use a high end Android device. Preferably a tablet is recommended that has a dual or quad core processor and a dedicated GPU as well. While you may still get the occasional frame rate slowdowns this does not in any affect the overall gaming experience.
For the emulator the best option right now is Mupen64+ AE which can be downloaded over at Google Play which comes in a paid and free version. This app is based on the popular Mupen64Plus AE emulator which is available for the PC.
Your next step is to get the games. While we cannot say where to get the games you will need the ROM of the titles. Google will be your best friend in hunting down the games and a quick search for titles in.n64, .v64, .z64, or zip file formats should provide you with lots of results. Some of the best titles for this platform are Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye 007, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Once you have all the ROMs you need all you have to do is transfer them to a folder in your device microSD card.
Playing a Nintendo 64 game on your Android device is as simple as firing up the Mupen64+ AE app and pointing it to the folder where the games are stored.
While the virtual controls will take some time getting used to it will definitely bring back memories of the days when you played on your N64 console.