Nintendo 64 or N64 is the first gaming consoles with 3D Graphics Rendering and 64-bit architecture. Thus, it is considered as one of the best gaming consoles produced by Nintendo. Nintendo 64 has many great games such as Legend of Zelda, Super Mario 64 which are playable even today! and since the console is discontinued the only way to re-play the old game classics is by emulation. Thus, we present you the Best 5 Free N64 Nintendo 64 Emulators for PC which will let you play N64 games on your Windows PC or Laptop.
Top 5 Best N64 Emulators for PC – Windows 10/7/8.1
Note – All the emulators below do not come with any game (ROMs) as those are copyrighted. however, a simple google search with game name + n64 rom will give you the game ROMs which can be used to play games in any of the below emulators.
N64 Emulator # 1 – Project 64
Project 64 is perhaps the most actively developed N64 emulator , and also is the most easiest to use too.
Project 64 has fast and speedy Nintendo 64 emulation as well as it contains unique features such as –
- Gamepad / Joystick Controller Support.
- One-click installer (Either install and run or Run Portable version)
- Ability to Load & Save Game States
- Cheats Support
N64 Emulator # 2 – Nemu 64
Nemu 64 is another compact yet unknown N64 Emulator for Windows OS. It didn’t require any installation and ran smoothly with good emulation. Besides, that Nemu 64 has some salient features such as –
- Multi-player support (Offline)
- Net based Online Multi player support.
- Gamepad & Joystick Compatible
- Save & Load game states anytime
N64 Emulator # 3 – 1964
1964 is a popular Nintendo 64 emulator for PC , which is available for Android too. 1964 has all the standard features like the previous two, but it also has support for additional ROM customizations, and custom ROM support. Thus, you too can create your own cheats and customizations for games while using 1964.
However, the User Interface sometimes stops the game and causes the played game to crash unexpectedly , however it can be resumed by clicking the pause button from the menu bar, and then tapping the play button.
N64 Emulator # 4 – Supra HLE
While the above emulators are easy to use for general public, the Supra HLE and Ultra HLE are for the pro users.
HLE – High Level Emulators offer advanced Configuration options, right from the Video plugin, audio plugin to be used to RAM and buffer size. However, we failed to get any game running on both the HLE emulators on Windows 10, but they worked smoothly on Windows 7
Note – Use the packaged application – Supra Configurator 2.o to configure Supra before running the emulator.
N64 Emulator # 5 – Ultra HLE
Like mentioned above, Ultra HLE is another High Level Emulator with advanced options. Infact Ultra HLE also comes with in built debugger to debug game errors. But like Supra, it too failed to work on our Windows 10 system due to absence of old gfx video plugins which are absent in newer versions of Windows.
Thus, these are currently the latest Best free N64 Emulators for Windows Systems (PCs & Laptops) which will let you play your favorite Nintendo 64 (N64) games on PC with Joystick and save / load game support. If you know of any better emulator or encounter any issues while using them feel free to comment.