5 best N64 emulators for Android

by: Joe HindyMay 3, 2016
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best N64 emulators for 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, 007 Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Fable, and Pokemon Stadium. Now you can play those classics on your Android devices. Let’s take a quick look at the best N64 emulators for Android. Before we begin, it’s worth noting that most, if not all, of these emulators are based on the Mupen64 open source project with their own set of tweaks.


classicboy best N64 emulators for AndroidClassicBoy

[Price: Free / $3.99]
ClassicBoy is an emulator that actually has several systems built in. It supports NES, SNK NeoGeo, all Game Boy systems up through the Advanced generation, PlayStation, and, of course, Nintendo 64. It has a variety of features for each platform and it seems to work pretty well most of the time. It also features some unique ideas such as gesture controls and sensor support. For N64, it suffers from many of the same issues as others which is mostly just stability and compatibility issues. Still, it’s a good start and you can try the free version before buying the paid one.

Get it now on Google Play!

classicboy best N64 emulators for Android


emulator for n64 best N64 emulators for AndroidEmulator for N64

[Price: Free]
Emulator for N64 is one of the more recent emulators on the list, having been released in December of 2015. It has support for compressed files (such as .zip), local multiplayer, controller layout options, and support for some cheat codes. It is a free app that is supported by advertising which has irked some people, but most don’t seem to mind it. It works pretty well with decent stability and compatibility but it’s far from a finished product.

Get it now on Google Play!

emulator for n64 best N64 emulators for Android


megan64 best N64 emulators for AndroidMegaN64

[Price: Free]
MegaN64 is, by far, the most popular N64 emulator available right now. It’s based on the Mupen64 open source project, but the developers have added some tweaks and performance improvements in which gives a different experience than most. Like most, it suffers from compatibility issues so it may not work with some games. It was last updated in 2014 so we don’t know if this is a dead project or not, but it’s worth a shot as it has some of the highest reviews of any N64 emulator and it’s totally free.

Get it now on Google Play!

megan64 best N64 emulators for Android


n64 emulator androidMupen64+AE (N64 Emulator)

[Price: Free / $0.99]
Mupen64 is the app from which all these others base their code. 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. In our testing, it had a decent amount of stability and compatibility but it’s far from a complete project. It hasn’t been updated since 2014 so your mileage may vary.

Get it now on Google Play!

mupen64 best N64 emulators for Android


tendo64 best N64 emulators for AndroidTendo64

[Price: Free / $2.18]
Tendo64 started out as a pretty bland emulator. However, it is one of the few that has received stable updates over the years and the developers have slowly created what could be the best N64 emulator available right now. It has a host of features, including cheat code support, customizable button layouts, Rumble Pak emulation, OUYA support, local multiplayer support, and more. If we were to throw out a recommendation, we’d say you should try this one first. It’s more stable than most of the others at this point and there’s a free version to try before you buy.

Get it now on Google Play!

tendo64 best N64 emulators for Android


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  • 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!

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    • 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.

        • NejiHyuga900

          I used to use N64oid. It was my favorite when I was playing just on a phone. But when I got an Nvidia Shield Portable, a drawback that N64oid has it that I couldn’t map the triggers or the right thumbstick to the shoulder buttons and C-buttons. Well, I could through touchscreen mapping the Nvidia Shield has but it didn’t go out the way I wanted. I just use Mupen64Plus AE now.

    • 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.

      • Nik

        Forks, not clones. I suppose they’re often synonymous, though.

  • 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

  • AD

    What game is in the bottom screenshot? (Super Nintendo 64)… Looks like DBZ on Gamecube…

  • Alex

    The game klip it is a phone and a ps3 control mount u can get pun at Amazon or e bay there good. You can play ALL you games in it

  • Peter Dennis

    Do any of these n64 emulators support a cardboard VR headset. That is, will they run 2 cloned screens of the game?

    • Joe Holliday

      None of them do yet. The only emulator on android I’ve seen that has this feature is FPSE (ps1 emulator).

  • Hrachyan Yeghik

    Classic boy is the best amulator for N64 but it’s not mentioned here

  • Blane

    Could you possibly update this post so that it covers some of the more recent emulators that have been created and put out for android devices? (and even for other emulators as well)

  • Blake Good

    Does anyone know which emulator runs Mario Party 1 well with little to no graphical glitches at full speed? Nintendo is too stupid to release it due to that retarded “control stick mini-games” controversy!

  • Bryan Rodriguez

    which game is the one on the last picture?