How to Play N64 On Your Computer

by dialupinternetuser Mar 28, 2007 fileunderFound in Video Games

As you probably know, if your a gamer like me, there are a lot of awesome old game systems out there that have been left behind the the latest version of the latest game system. Here is how to play one on your computer.

You Need: (For this method)

  • Project64 - The emualtor that lets you play the Nintendo64 games
  • 7-Zip - A program that lets you extract .7z files.


  • Any N64 game from RomHustler. Get an N64 game from bitTorrent, as RomHustler has been having legal problems.

1. Downloading and Installing
Download and install 7-Zip and Project64. Download any N64 game from RomHustler and it will be in the .7x format. .7x is like .rar and .zip, which if you read How To Go From Xbox to Xbox Media Center in 30 Minutes, you (hopefully) are already familiar with. Open the .7z in 7-Zip and extract all the files to the folder you want to store all of you games in.

2. ROM Managing
Here's a quick lesson on how the Games (ROMs) should be labeled.

Name of game (country) version [!]

It starts out with the name of the game, then the language in parentheses, then a version or something you don't need to worry about, then if it has a bracket with an exclamation point, it means it works.

Delete all of the ROM files that do not have the [!] and are not in your language, (E) for Europe English, (U) for United States English. If you have more than one version, keep the highest one. For example the ROM I kept for Super Mario 64 is Super Mario 64 (U) [!]

3. Configuring Project64
Project64 is an emulator that lets you play Nintendo 64 games on your computer. Open it up and choose File > Choose ROM Directory and select the folder with all your ROMs in it. The ROMs should show up on the browser in Project64's main window. Then choose Options > Configure Controls and look at/change controls by pressing the square and then the key you want. I find the default controls are fine when playing.

4. Play the Games!
Double Click on a ROM and the game will start. A handy feature is when you change windows the game pauses. Also, you can press Escape for full screen.

5. Play the Games with other People!
Configure the controls for more than one person and you can do multiplayer. However, it can become a tight fit on a standard keyboard. Be sure not to assign the same button two to different people.

6. Play the Games On You Xbox!
Mod you Xbox and put on an emulator to play N64 games on you Xbox! Emulators are on bitTorrent and Xbins.

7. Get Other Emulators
Other emulators for different systems can be found at Emulator-Zone.



1.  avatar onyxravine said:

Cool idea to say the least. I still have my it for $20 and only bought it cause I missed playing Super Smash Bros :) eh, it was worth it for the good ol times ;-)
Apr 04, 2007 4:59pm
2.  avatar robbo said:

how do i play goldeneye 007 as played on n64 but play it on my computer
May 28, 2007 1:37pm
3.  avatar dialupinternetuser said:

Download the ROM from RomHustler here. Then follow the guide and extract the file GoldenEye 007 (U) [!]. Go to Project64 (in the guide) and open the ROM. YOu need a relatively good computer to play this one. Its hard to aim, you may want a gamepad or to play it on your Xbox.
May 29, 2007 7:55pm
4.  avatar Aceist1 said:

Hey. I downloaded The Project 64. I have no Roms. I don't know how to extract the Zip Files.
Can You Help me? I need to know how the Zipping Process Works and Stuff.
The files I have are:
Project 64
and That's all.
Oh yeah, and when I Go to coolroms, I tried Download Zelda MM But it said it is ESA protected. Am I Missing Something?
Sep 30, 2007 9:13pm
5.  avatar nintendolove64 said:

I cant download mario64... =( ESA protected... can somone send me a file where i can download it??
Oct 24, 2007 8:42pm
6.  avatar dialupinternetuser said:

download stuff at RomHustler, not coolroms. Google a guide on how to use zip files, they can probably explain it better than me.
Nov 03, 2007 12:14pm
7.  avatar dialupinternetuser said:

Anything that is ESA protected is no good. Use bitTorrent to download the ROMS. Google it if you don't know how to.
Nov 30, 2007 8:15pm
8.  avatar DJContagious said:

i did the whole thing, downloaded super mario 64, downloaded the pj64 and 7 zip, configured the controls, but when i open the rom, it says browser stopped working, and then the pj64 window closes. i tried about 16 times and i get the same result
Feb 22, 2008 3:16pm
9.  avatar susie5 said:

hi thanks for all the info its been great i have downloaded goldeneye but im having trouble [ shooting ] lol can anyone help thanks
Sep 17, 2008 6:06am
10.  avatar susie5 said:

im not having trouble shooting anymore found the key lol , but im having trouble getting the full screen on cannot find escape
Sep 17, 2008 7:07am
11.  avatar PSYKO said:

I'm having troble with a Pokemon Snap Rom that I downloaded Recently the game works fine but after each level when you have to review the pictures you took, they come out as purple static And i've tried every thing i can think of too remedy this problem but nothing works can any one help?
Dec 18, 2009 7:35pm
12.  avatar drako660 said:

coolcool but how do you configuire nemu64
Oct 30, 2010 9:23pm
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