One of the best things about the Android platform is its ability to run virtually anything. So it was no surprise that genuine emulators started showing up on the platform as well. This article is about three of the best Nintendo 64 emulators for Android.
These emulators will enable you to play almost any videogame released for the Nintendo 64 gaming console and enjoy the gems released by Nintendo. The Nintendo 64 games are a little bit heavier on the graphics side and take a lot of resources when compared to earlier versions of consoles, so make sure you have a capable device to run these games.
Back when Nintendo 64 was first released, I used to be a poor preteen boy. Also, I had my eyes on the PlayStation for some reason back in the days and I completely missed the Nintendo 64 game catalog. It was on the latter that my friend introduced me to the console and the incredible games it came with.
I have fond memories of the split screen when playing Goldeneye 007 with my buddies during the summer vacations. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Super Mario 64 were some of the highlights of the console. I also loved Banjo-Kazooie on the console as well as Mario kart 64. Now thanks to Android, I was able to revisit those great games and truly enjoy them without the need to hog the family TV.
Note: The 3 great Nintendo 64 emulators for Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone. All three of them worked fine and there were minor glitches here and there during playtime. One point to be noted here is that I believe all three of them are running on the same code.
There are a lot of similarities between these three emulators and you will be hard-pressed to find the differences apart from the interface. So, I’m pretty sure that you will be able to run games on any of these emulators. I also highly recommend that you use a controller with the Nintendo 64 games, as they were designed to be played with a controller.
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Mupen64 may not have the perfect rating on the Google Play Store but it still manages to run a lot of games on my smartphones. A point to be noted here is that some games require a lot of extra resources and may not run on budget devices. For example, Mario Kart 64 crashes on my 5-year-old Asus tablet, however, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has no problem at all running the same game for an extended period of time.
That being said, this emulator is very straightforward and allows you to customize the experience to your liking as well. You’ll need to get the game ROMs yourself but after that, you can leave everything on this emulator for Nintendo 64. Put the ROM on your device, located through the emulator and you are almost there. Now all you need to do is press the play button and play the game, which is all there is to this app.Show Downloads
This is the most popular Nintendo 64 emulator on the Google Play Store and there is a good reason behind that. This emulator comes with an easy to understand interface that allows you to customize the experience to your liking. For example, I was able to modify the controls on the screen to what my thumbs are comfortable with.
You can also change the resolution of the display and enjoy the video games in a new light. There are a lot of customization options available in this emulator, you can even change the audio quality and allow it to sync up to the video. If you love to tweak, you’ll find all three of the apps very similar to each other in terms of options as well as gameplay. However, this one showed video artifacts in the same game that played perfectly on another app so there is that as well.Show Downloads
Pretendo N64 Emulator
Pretendo is a good Nintendo 64 emulator for Android smartphones and tablets but it is not running well on certain devices. I myself had absolutely no problems with this emulator, in fact, it ran just as well as the first two ones on the list but when I tried to run games on a Sony Xperia Z1, the emulator crashed immediately.
I know, this is a hardware issue but not a lot of users may know this and hence the low rating on the Play Store page. Other than that, you’ll find the same host of options available on this one as the above two apps on the list. From changing the video quality to resolution and from changing the on-screen buttons to the whole layout, you’ll be able to customize just about anything in this emulator. I have to say, after trying out half a dozen Nintendo 64 emulators for Android, seeing a white interface was very refreshing.Show Downloads
These were a few great Nintendo 64 emulators for Android. I tested around seven emulators available on the Google Play Store, but only these three were able to run on four different devices. Apart from the last one that failed to run on a Sony smartphone, all of them ran games almost smoothly on multiple devices.
I had to cut the list short to accommodate only the emulators that worked perfectly fine. This is not a very thorough device testing, simply because I have very limited amount of devices available at hand but I’m pretty sure that these emulators will run fine on your devices.
If you have any kind of questions or concerns about these emulators, feel free to comment below and will be sure to answer back soon.