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How To Play Nintendo 64 Games Directly From Your Web Browser: A N64 Emulator

Updated on September 26, 2012
Nintendo 64 game console.
Nintendo 64 game console.

Nintendo 64 (N64 for short) was a video games console released in June 1996 in Japan equipped with a 64-bit processing unit, feature which was used as the model name. The console was quite successful and was the last console from Nintendo which used ROM cartridges as storage for games. The console was discontinued in 2002, after fierce competition fought with its competitors, the Sony Playstation and the Sega Saturn.

387 games were released for N64, among which were classics of its time such as Super Mario 64 and GoldenEye 007.

Now, with the use of a game emulator, gamers can enjoy those games again, through a web browser.

Paul Holden is a famous games developer who wrote the N64 emulator for web browser, based on JavaScript. Those of you who would like to try check into the games should know that the project is still at beta stage; at the moment, processing of the graphics is quite slow and gameplay is far from perfect, but that is reasonable since it is still a work in process.

The emulator can be found here N64js.
It supports Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and in order to play you need to have your own ROMs; this is the main disadvantage of the project, but it makes sense. Those of you who had a N64 in the past and have kept the games cartridges, or those who can access some of them will surely have some good time playing those classics.


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