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.
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[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.
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.
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.
[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.
[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.
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