N64 Emulation on Ubuntu 9.04

August 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm 5 comments

If you guys heve been following my previous post, I was able to run Nintendo 64 games on my XP machine. Since I spend most of my time using Ubuntu I decided to check out the best N64 emulation software available for this operating system. Before we begin let me just share the specifications of my rig:

Processor: Intel Atom 1.6Ghz

O.S.: Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04

Memory: 2 Gig DDRAM

Graphics: 64 Mb Intel GMA 950

I searched the Internet for a Linux counterpart of Project64, heck I even searched for Project64 for Linux. No such luck on this, the only way I could get Project64 to run on my Ubuntu is if I use WINE. Another program kept popping up under N64 emulation and this is Mupen64. Its an N64 emulator that’s getting good reviews among its users. After downloading the program and installing it, which was pretty easy, I tried running a couple of my N64 roms.

Although it could access the N64 ROMs without any problem, the gameplay was a bit shaky. The framerate constantly dropped to 7fps from a high of 35 fps. After constant tweaking and testing the games still ran pretty slow.Since Mupen64 is still in development stage it might not run well in netbooks. Other users of this emulator didn’t have a problem running this in their computers. Anyway, next time I’m going to test this on my desktop

Screenshot of Mupen64 Emulator running Mario Kart64



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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. anonymouse  |  August 18, 2009 at 4:06 am

    I doubt Mupen’s been in development for a while; the last release was back in 2005.

  • 2. rtaycher  |  August 29, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Did you download Mupen 64 or mupen64plus, the recent versions are called Mupen 64 plus the several year old versions are called mupen 64.

  • 3. Dwessie  |  May 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    GAH! EVERYONE loves Mupen, and it just DOESN’T like me. I don’t like it. Glad to see someone else who is in general distaste for it.

    Only got it to play ONE game, and it won’t run it. Screw you, Mupen.

  • 4. PandaCat  |  July 16, 2011 at 5:09 am

    its lags on my laptop I have try different types of roms but it just doesn’t want any of it 😦 all I want to do is play banjo and kazooie

  • 5. poop  |  May 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    i had an n64 emulator on ubuntu, and for whatever the reason it’s disappeared, and now i have no idea which one i used, and for that matter can’t find any that work. it definitely wasn’t mupen, because that just didn’t work for me.


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