N64 Emulation on Ubuntu 9.04
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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