How to play Nintendo 64 (N64) games on PC

If you want to learn how to play Nintendo 64 (N64) games on PC, you are at the right place!

Whether it be by nostalgia, curiosity or simply because you have nothing better to do with your time (looking at you pandemic) than exploring dark parts of the web, this short guide will show you how you can play Nintendo 64 (N64) games on PC (and even on your smartphone if you own an Android).

To accomplish our goal, we will be using Project64, the best open source Nintendo 64 emulator available on the internet at the moment.

Article summary

  • You can emulate the Nintendo 64 console (and games) on your PC after only a couple minutes of work.
  • You will be able to play Nintendo 64 classics such as Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64 and tons of other N64 games on PC.
  • You will not need a super performance gaming PC to emulate and play Nintendo 64 games.

What are the mimumum required specifications Project64?

  • CPU: 650MHz Intel Pentium 3 or AMD Athlo XP
  • RAM: 128MB
  • DirectX 8.1 GPU
  • At least 100MB of free space on your hard disk

Honestly, if you have a computer that’s made after 2005, you will easily be able to run the emulator on your PC and be able to play without any performance issues.

How to install a Nintendo 64 emulator on your PC?

  1. Go to the Project64 website.
  2. Click on the big “Download Here” button in the middle of the screen.
  3. Once the application is downloaded, install it and execute the “Project64.exe” shortcut that appeared on your desktop.

This is what your Project64 welcome window should look like:

Nintendo 64 Project64

What is a ROM?

A ROM (read-only memory) is the format in which you will download the Nintendo 64 games that you will be able to emulate using Project64 (or any other consoles that uses the same game format).

Where to find Nintendo 64 (N64) ROMs?

There’s a ton of resources available online to find the best, classic and cryptic ROMs compatible with Project64 (and the other Nintendo 64 emulators).

Here are some of our personal favorites:

You will be able to find the majority of Nintendo 64 (N64) games on these couple sites.

How to play Nintendo 64 games on your PC?

Once the ROM is downloaded, the next step is opening it up in Project64. Click on “File” and then on “Open ROM”, select the ROM you just downloaded and… you’re done!

The game that you just downloaded will start booting up, you will see the loading screen and will be able to start playing the Nintendo 64 game on your PC!

How to change the controller configurations on Project64?

To change the controller configurations on Project64, click on “Options” and then on “Input settings”.

The following window will appear on your screen:

Nintendo 64 controller settings on Project64

In this window, you will have the options to reconfigure each button and assign it to either your keyboard or your controller that is compatible with your PC (example: Xbox 360, PS4, Logitech controller, etc.).

How to configure the controls for multiple players on Project64?

In the same “Input settings” window, you will also notice that there’s three other tabs at the top: “Player 2”, “Player 3” and “Player 4”. Depending on the amount of players you want to play with, configure all of those tabs to a keyboard or a second, third or fourth controller.

How to change the display settings?

For the more “technical” users, Project64 offers a plethora of different display settings configurations. You will be able to configure those to your likings and to your PC master race “graphics standards”.

To access the display settings, click on “Options” and then on “Graphic settings”. You will be able to reconfigure the display resolutions, activate and deactivate the VSync, tweak the anti-aliasing, and many more options.

How to change the audio settings?

While the audio settings on Project64 are not very advanced, you can still change them! Click on “Options” and then click on “Audio settings”. A window will pop up where you’ll be able to mute the audio and change the in-game audio volume.

What are the 4 best Nintendo 64 (N64) games to try out on your PC?

If you never had the chance to play Nintendo 64 games (or need a few recommendations), you need to try out the following on your brand new Nintendo 64 emulator on your PC:

1. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on PC!

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is an action and adventure game, developed and distributed by Nintendo exclusively on the Nintendo 64.

It’s the fifth game in The Legend of Zolda legendary video-game series. It is also the first game of the series that was fully developed to support 3D graphics.

How to play Ocarina of Times on PC?

You can download Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Times on RomsGames, by clicking on the following link. Then, you will only have to follow the same steps described at the top of the article to launch the ROM and begin your adventure in the Kingdom of Hyrule.

2. Super Mario 64 on PC!

Super Mario 64 debuted on the Nintendo 64 in 1996, it is the first game in the Super Mario series that was fully developed and released in 3D.

In the game, you will explore the Super Mario world and jump to the rescue of Princess Peach.

How to play Super Mario 64 on PC?

You can play Super Mario 64 on RomsGames, by clicking on the following link. Then, you just have to follow the same steps that we described at the beginning of the article by executing the ROM and fighting your way through Bowser’s trap and save Princess Peach.

3. Mario Kart 64 on PC!

Mario Kart 64 is a legendary 3D racing game for all ages, that allows up to 4 players to play in split-screen. The game is super fun when you have friends over and you will never get bored of all the different game modes.

How to play Mario Kart 64 on PC?

Download Mario Kart 64 on PC for free on RomsGames by clicking on the following link, then launch the ROM on Project64.

Project64 allows you to play Mario Kart 64 with up to 4 players in split-screen (or play solo against the computer).

4. GoldenEye 007 on PC!

GoldenEye 007 allows you to walk in the shoes of the legendary british secret agent James Bond in one of the best classics of the first person shooter genre.

The storyline of the game is interesting, the levels are fast paced and entertaining and the multiplayer mode is a very good way to destroy friendships and relationships.

How to play GoldenEye 007 on PC?

To play GoldenEye 007 on your PC, you will first have to download the game’s ROM (here’s a link), and then you will be able to launch the ROM on any Nintendo 64 emulator on your PC.


Today, we learned that playing Nintendo 64 games is not that hard!

If you have any questions or advice for either us or the other readers, don’t hesitate to share them in the comments below!

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