Do you remember playing ‘Legend of Zelda’, ‘Goldeneye’, and ‘Donkey Kong’ on the N64? Do you want to rediscover those amazing days? You could buy a Nintendo 64? But it would cost you a lot more than you think because the console was discontinued.
An emulator is cheaper and so much easier to acquire these days. But is 1964 the right emulator for you?
What is 1964?
1964 came out in 1999. Developed by Rice and Schibo, and written in C and C++, 1964 is one of the oldest N64 emulators around. When it came out, the program stood out because it was compatible with most of the N64 games on the market.
People also appreciated the fact that it used the Kaillera networking library (which is gone) to offer net-play support. 1964 wasn’t perfect. The program’s net-play had several desync issues that emanated from the different rates at which the games were emulated.
But it compensated for this weakness with other strengths. For instance, the dynamically recompiling CPU emulator for which it is known promises faster speeds.
Despite dominating the market when it was first released, 1964 did not survive. It hit the peak of its popularity in 2004. But in 2009, the final version (1.1) of the emulator came out. Even though it fixed some of the bugs associated with 1964, development on the emulator came to an end.
Versions of the 1964 emulator have appeared in recent times. Once the source code for the emulator was made available, people tried improving it in the hopes of enhancing the quality of the gameplay.
But 1964 never recovered the popularity it had attained in the mid-2000s. 1964 is downloaded on a regular basis by people that want to experiment with the platform. However, it doesn’t attract the same level of attention as more modern emulators.
1964 Emulator Features
- Built-in Network Play Support
- Supports The use of Xbox 360 Controllers
- User-Friendly Interface
- It Comes with A Manual
- High-Speed Emulation
How To Install 1964?
To install the emulator, you have to meet a few basic requirements:
- 512MB (RAM)
- Windows 2000, Vista, XP
- Pentium 4 or Greater
If your computer is strong enough, you can start installing the emulator:
Step 1. Download the latest version
Step 2. Find the download on your computer and extract the files
Step 3. Run 1964.exe
- Size: 8.2MB
- Platform: Windows
- Release date: May 22, 2011
- License: Freeware
How To Use
1). To run your ROMs, click ‘File’ and then ‘Change Folder’. This will enable you to select the directory with your ROMs.
2). To optimize your experience, you need some plugins. If you already have them, copy and paste the plugins to the 1964 plugin folder.
3). Go back to the emulator, open the video dropdown menu and select the plugins you pasted. Do the same for sound and input.
In many ways, 1964 was a pioneer in the field of N64 emulators. The fact that the last version of 1964 came out in 2009 is encouraging because you can still use it today. It is dated. But it isn’t as old as other emulators that came out in the early 2000s, such as UltraHLE.