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5 best N64 emulators for Android
The Nintendo 64 was in a class all on its own. It featured some legendary games such as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 007 Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, and Pokemon Stadium. Now, thanks to emulators, you can play those classics on your Android devices. Let’s take a quick look at the best N64 emulators for Android.
Before we start, it’s worth noting that many of these use the Mupen64 open-source project as a base, so there isn’t much of a difference between them aside from some unique features and perhaps a bit more stability with different sets of games. You can use any of them and get essentially the same emulation experience. The main differences are in the UI and extra features.
Price: Free / $5.99
ClassicBoy is one of the better multi-system emulators for older systems. It supports the NES, SNES, SNK NeoGeo, most Game Boy systems up through Advance, Playstation, and Nintendo 64. Each platform has its own set of features, along with a set that works on all of them. Some of those features include save/load states, gesture controls, sensor support, and more. The N64 emulator portion worked well in our testing. This is the spiritual successor to the original ClassicBoy, and the developer seems to be improving it all the time, so this should work out to be a great N64 emulator in the long run.
Lemuroid is another all-in-one style emulator. It supports over a dozen systems through the use of cores. Basically, you download the emulator, install the core, and Lemuroid can play that system. It emulates the Nintendo 64 pretty well, and it’s one of the few N64 emulators on Android that gets regular updates. Some of the emulator features include auto-saving, gamepad support, fast-forward support, cloud syncing, and local multiplayer support. There is a bit of a learning curve with this one, but otherwise, it works pretty well.
Price: Free / Up to $9.99
Mupen64Plus FZ is one of the newer N64 emulators, but it’s not easy to use. The app includes tons of files, video profiles, and other stuff. Some games work with some profile setups, while others don’t. Most games do work on this one, but it will require some playing around. The developer has a good guide linked up in the Google Play description to help. Otherwise, the emulator features various plugins, the usual emulator stuff, and more.
RetroArch is one of the best N64 emulators on Android, and it also supports a ton of different systems. Like other multi-console emulators, you need to download cores that work as system emulators. For newbies to emulation, it’s a little difficult to use. However, it works great once you get used to it. It can auto-scan for save files, save and load states, remap controls, load cheat codes, and a lot more. It’s also entirely free and open-source. There’s a lot that RetroArch can do, it just may take a bit of time and effort to get everything working.
Price: Free (with ads)
Super64Plus isn’t our favorite, but it’s a decent Android Nintendo 64 emulator. It does the basics, including opening and running N64 games, saving your game, on-screen controller customization, and hardware controller support. There are also some video plugins and other features to help you in case a ROM isn’t running quite right. The developer seems responsive to people posting issues on Google Play. The only downside is this emulator hasn’t seen an update since 2021 as of this writing, so if you run into problems you’re entirely on your own.