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  • Nintendo 64 Emulator for iPhone?

    Old-school gamers rejoice: Mario and Link may be on their way to jailbroken iPhones and iPod touches.

    ZodTDD, the developer who came up with GpSPhone (a Nintendo Gameboy Advance emulator for the iPhone and iPod Touch), is announcing that he is working on an N64 emulator for the iPhone 3GS and iPod touch. He stated that he's confident that these newest devices have the graphics power needed to run N64 games:
    Yup, you heard correct. I am currently working on a port of N64 for the iPhone 3gs and iPod Touch 3rd Gen. Why only these two models? Two reasons:
    Theyíre the fastest Apple handhelds in term of raw CPU performance.
    They both have a faster GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) which allows for OpenGL ES 2.0 specifications.
    So yes you may soon see N64 on your favorite Apple device. But I canít promise it will run games top notch just yet, as things are too early to say. Thereís hope though, with a 3D accelerated graphics plugin, as well as an ARM dynarec. If you have a previous generation device, I can use software rendering, but it will slow things down further, along with the slower CPU.
    Iím somewhat light on details at the moment due to wanting to balance the hype. Things look good for this project though. Only thing Iím concerned about is currently software based controls. I would like to keep my current software based controls with overlays in use, if possible
    The likelihood, though, is that these games wil be unplayable without an external controller. But hopefully we'll have one of those soon, too.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Nintendo 64 Emulator for iPhone? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. dallaspowers's Avatar
      dallaspowers -
      Quote Originally Posted by thu6 View Post
      im sorry but console games on this thing is fail. a touch screen is simply a p.i.t.a. when it comes to these console games. too much a headache.

      nes emulator is a headache, i dont want to even think about a virtual n64 controller on screen.
      Couldnt have said it better.
    1. bewie's Avatar
      bewie -
      Would it be possible to pair a PS3 controller with my iPhone and use it to play?
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      Quote Originally Posted by dallaspowers View Post
      Couldnt have said it better.
      zodttd would be smart and only design this for the controllers and the 3gs and the other one he mentioned...

      Btw the icontrolpad will never come out, there was so much hype in the beginning of 2009 and now im all over it, these guys abandoned their project and will never reach consumers hands

      The gamebone pro is what im waiting for. these guys, i think personally, have done a better job, icontrolpad's site will close down when this device comes out.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by dallaspowers View Post
      There are WAY too many buttons on the 64 controller for this to work well. Its gonna be a ***** playing any gamae.
      I agree. I even have trouble playing SNES. And btw I doubt it'll run full speed. Slow *** fps + impossible controls =

      Quote Originally Posted by bewie View Post
      Would it be possible to pair a PS3 controller with my iPhone and use it to play?
      Maybe not a PS3 controller unless someone finds some sort of hack to pair the them inside the emulator.

      Apple allowed the use of bluetooth APIs from devs but I doubt Sony would make the ps3 controller compatible with the iPhone. So I think a company needs to make a bluetooth controller(a small one lol not a big a** one that will make you look like a fool) for the iPhone.
    1. caseyseuy's Avatar
      caseyseuy -
      Why is ZodTTD name always spelled wrong?

      We have some control ideas such as this (not made by me)

      Some buttons are missing from the screen is done on purpose. Since some games don't need those

      Zod has posted more information here.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Yeah... the iControl Pad has been in development for how long? Like 27 years?

      When the heck is it going to be released?

    1. Crosseyes's Avatar
      Crosseyes -
      Hmm my iPod touch is a 2g (post 3rd gen MFD, 8gb) but I've disabled/deleted as much stuff as I can get away with and on boot I average in at 82 MB's free CPU. Would my device be capable of running it smoothly?
    1. bewie's Avatar
      bewie -
      Crosseyes, Your processor simply isn't powerful enough to run N64 games, no matter how much free memory you have.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      ^ Yep, even the 3GS will be struggling with this one. If he even gets it playable with sound, I'll be amazed.

      Maybe this will light a fire under those trying to produce a came controller.. and bluetooth is a must IMO. Pairing a PS3 controller is brilliant.
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      Thats great news but if only i had a 3GS or a ipod touch 3rd gen cuz there faster then 1st gen ipod touch
    1. lkailburn's Avatar
      lkailburn -
      i'd dig it! got me a brand new 32gig 3GS! bring it on!

    1. Jomann's Avatar
      Jomann -
      Zottd never "came up with" anything, he just took the source code and modified the psp version of GPSP and ported it to iphone. he did it with permission, but that does make it "his" im not saying hes bad, but you guys need to get your facts straight.

      Not to mention that he may just use the psp version of the n64 emu deudlus and just port it. which will have been someone elses work aswell.

      none the less, i think its awesome that he's porting these emulators over to iPhone.
    1. Dajokeisonu's Avatar
      Dajokeisonu -
      See this is one of the main reasons why I jailbroke my phone.... this is friken great!!!!! I wonder when he will release this emulator. And for as Icontrolpad they have updated their page stating that they are working on it once again so we shall all see.