Looking to re-live the Nintendo 64 era on Linux? With emulators, you can play Nintendo 64 games on Linux. In this article, we’ll explain how to runÂ N64ROMsÂ withÂ ease right on the Linux desktop.Â Out of all the retro consoles, theÂ N64Â has the least amount of development around it, so the method we cover in this article may have trouble running, depending on the Linux distribution.
Note:Â AddictivetipsÂ in no way encourages or condones the illegal downloading or distribution of ROM files for theÂ N64. If you want to play Nintendo 64 games with these emulators, please use your own game ROM files youâ€™ve backed up to your PC, legally.
Grab the latest DEB package of M64Py via this link, and then open up a terminal. In the terminal, use the CD command to go to the ~/Downloads directory.
Note: Debian users may need to swap apt for apt-get depending on the release.
Install the package with dpkg:
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
Fix any dependency issues that arise with:
sudo apt install -f
Install Python-pysdl2 beforehand. Keep in mind that the python-pysdl2 dependency may fail to compile due to incorrect Md5 sums. To fix this, run it with the –skipintegÂ flag during makepkg. Keep in mind that by ignoring the MD5sum, you are bypassing security measures. Do this at your own risk!
Once Python-pysdl2 is up and running:
git cloneÂ https://aur.archlinux.org/m64py.git cd m64py makepkg sudo pacman -U *.pkg.tar.xz
Follow this SourceForge link to download the latest RPM of M64py. Then, use the CD command to enter the ~/Downloads directory.
install the RPM with:
sudo dnf install *.rpm
For Tumbleweed users, M64Py is installable via a repo:
sudo zypper addrepo http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/opensuse/repositories/Emulators/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/ opensuse-emulators sudo zypper install m64py
Other versions, go to the OBS, select your version of SUSE and select the 1-click button to start the installation process.
To load a Nintendo 64 ROM, load upÂ M64Py, and click the “File” button in the menu. From here, select “Open ROM”. The emulator itself can handle ROM files in two different ways: by opening them directly, or by loading aÂ ROM from a list. Select “Manually…”, and browse for theÂ file to open in the emulator.
Want to choose from a ROM list? Click “File”, then “Open ROM”, then “From list…”. By default, there is no set directory for the emulator to look in, so when you select “From list…”, the program will output “ROMsÂ directory not found”, and ask you to set a new directory.
Point the emulator to the directory on your Linux PC where you want it to load all of yourÂ N64Â ROMs. After setting it, go back to “File”, select “Open ROM”, then “From list…”. Play a game by clicking on one of the items in the list. It should instantly load up.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to edit the graphics settings forÂ M64PyÂ while a ROM is running. Be sure that nothing isÂ running, and select “Settings”. Under settings, choose “Graphics” to bring up the graphical settings forÂ M64Py.Â
TheÂ M64PyÂ emulation tool has very little graphical settings and the average user should not need to change anything. However, if you wish to get more graphical improvements out of yourÂ N64Â emulation, this is the area to do it.
Looking to stop screen tearing in games? Check the box next to “Vertical Sync” to enableÂ Vsync. Additionally, there are other graphical settings that the user may toggle, such as “on-screen display”, and etc.
Getting to the controller configuration settings forÂ M64PyÂ starts off at the “Settings” menu. Inside “Settings”, select “Plugins”. The plugins menu is home to many different settings for the emulator. To set up a controller, look for the “Input” area, and click “Configure”.
Plug in aÂ gamepad, and look for the “Device” drop-down menu. Use the menu to select yourÂ gamepad. After that, just go through and map all the individual buttons to theÂ gamepad. The diagram explains theÂ N64Â button map quite nicely.
Want to map more than one controller? Click the drop-down menu near “Input-SDL-Control” and change it from “Controller 1” to whichever other controllers you wish to map. Like before, go toÂ the settings and map all the buttons to theÂ gamepadsÂ you wish to use.
Saving And Loading
Need to save a game? Use the keyboard shortcut F5 to quickly save your game to a save slot. Additionally, at any time it is possible to load a save state with F7. Keep in mind that M64Py supports multiple save slots, that users can switch through at any time.
Access save slots under the “File Menu”. Click “Change State Slot” to change the slot that pressing F5 will save the game to. This is good if you need to have multiple game saves (for whatever reason).