The best N64 emulators for Android

April 22, 2014

    n64 emulator android
    The Nintendo 64 was in a class all on its own. It was one of the last consoles ever to use cartridges and featured some legendary games such as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Now you can play those classics on your Android phone using N64 emulators. Which ones are the best? In this list, that’s what we intend to find out.


    n64 emulator androidM64 Emulator

    [Price: Free]
    First up is M64 Emulator. This is based on the Mupen64+ source code (like every other app on this list). Most user reviews state that it’s a pretty good start but there are some bugs here and there that can get pretty bad. Some complaints include on-screen buttons not working sometimes, save states not saving, and game incompatibilities. It is free so you won’t waste any money trying it out and it does seem to work pretty well for some people.
    Get it on Google Play
    n64 emulator android


    n64 emulator androidMupen64+AE (N64 Emulator)

    [Price: Free / $0.99]
    Mupen64+AE is the app from which all these others base their code. So if you’re looking for the experience that is likely the furthest along in development with the latest updates, it’d be this one. The reviews seem to reflect this as they all say that this feels like a more solid offering than most of the other ones. There is a free version and a paid version. They’re totally identical but the paid version funds development of the project. It’s fairly solid but there are still a lot of bugs that need to be worked out.
    Get it on Google Play
    n64 emulator android


    n64 emulator androidSuperN64 (N64 Emulator)

    [Price: Free]
    Of the emulators on this list, SuperN64 seems to be the most complete. Based on user reviews, there are fewer bugs and incompatibilities than pretty much all of the others. This is the one you ought to try first when getting an N64 emulator. It’s the most solid even if it still needs a lot of work before it’s stable.
    Get it on Google Play
    n64 emulator android


    n64 emulator androidSuper N64 Emulator

    [Price: Free]
    Last up on our list here is Super N64 Emulator. Like the rest it is Mupen64+ based so don’t expect any miracles. It’s not the best spin off from the original but it is one of the better ones. As with the rest of these, it comes with pretty much the same bugs and incompatibilities as the rest of them. This app gets bonus points because instead of posting a paid version, they link to the original Mupen64+AE donate version and tell you to go donate to them to fund the project as a whole. We kinda liked that. If none of the others are working for you, it’s worth giving this one a shot.
    Get it on Google Play
    n64 emulator android


    Wrap up

    Unlike many other emulators, the N64 series of emulators is almost universally based on the same open source app (Mupen64+). This is both great and terrible. It’s great because that means when the original source gets better, all the other apps get better. It’s terrible because any improvements the spin offs make may or may not end up in the original source code. As with any emulator platform, it’ll take some time for these developers to work all the bugs out. Until then, patience is a virtue. If we missed a good N64 emulator, tell us about it in the comments below!

    Comments

    • MasterMuffin

      Mupen64+, Mupen64+, Mupen64+ or Mupen64+? :D

      • JosephHindy

        Yeah pretty much lol.

        • Lisandro O Oocks

          All i heard is: “no you can’t easily hold on to your banana when you’re playing mario-kart and steer at the same time while you’re holding on to your device”
          how hard is it to do: one tap on Z to hold Z, a second tap to release Z

          • gils001

            I just position my index and thumb on the screen like a pincer. Works Great!

            • Lisandro O Oocks

              Not sure why html isn’t working, but you may click link.

      • TechTinker11

        N64oid is also a good one, I never really had much trouble with it, some issues with some games but heh.

        • Oskya

          Yeah I also still use N64oid. Only switch to Mupen64+ when games failed to run on N64oid.

      • gils001

        Hahaha That’s what you get when you go opensource. COUNTLESS CLONES.

        • Backspace119

          Open source code helps the community in so many ways, I say this as I am a developer myself and I absolutely love it when others make their projects open source.

    • Brenden Keene

      Still using N64oid (not on Play Store)… works fine on my Nexus 10 with 4.4+

    • k

      Were do u get games from?

      • TechTinker11

        Well you rip the ROMS of your N64 cartridges of course. Or google if you want, coolroms is where I get all mine.

        • k

          Thank u sir, can’t rip cartidges, but right on for the website name!

          • Lisandro O Oocks

            If the feds ask, tell them your original cartridges were stolen by some punk.

            • Pouf

              Lol, Don’t worry, feds won’t get you unless your cartridge contains nuclear warhead activation code.

            • OniKyanAE86

              Hahaha, don’t think that would hold up in court….

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    • gils001

      N64oid> Mupen64+ this is still true even after Mupen64″s countless updates.

    • James Childress

      Without a physical controller, none of these emulators work well. Touch control is too imprecise for the precision moves needed to play games meant for a controller successfully.

      • TechTinker11

        Heh, the one I use (not on this list) does pretty good with touch. A controller is better though, it seems like my Mega Pro sometimes plays worse, maybe its not set up right.

    • Tomas kennedy

      A very nice guide on a working emulator: http://okayfiles.com/file/04lB99

    • ToVine

      Feeling honored to have contributed to this project – I just translated the strings, but still… :D

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