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Which Distribution would be best?

Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:24 pm

Hello, i'm still new to Raspberry Pi MicroProcessor. However, i have a very well understanding of Electronics. Now i need some advice from users who look after the retro Life. I was planning to recreate the Nintendo 64 into a portable console. But i encountered two problems. I was wondering if i should use the same motherboard from the Nintendo 64 or if i should use a Raspberry Pi! My only purpose for this is to play only Nintendo 64 games on this portable console. My Best bet would be to reuse the motherboar just modify it into a portable use. The thing is, I dont see the need of buying multiple Nintendo 64 games, but rather have them all saved in a cartrigdge or have them as rom. Now that is something i have no idea how to approach since i'm not sure if there is some hack cartridge that lets me install numerous of nintendo 64 roms. Now i know the raspberry pi has distro that run emulators, but the realty is that from what ive been reading is that not all Nintendo 64 games can run do to the lack of Ram, etc. Now if there is a distro for the pi that when turned on it will automatically run the Nintendo 64 Emulator (Lets me play Rom) otherwise i'm not sure how else to approach which is better. I dont want to use the PI has a desktop! Which do you recommend and which distro in case you say to use a Pi!

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Re: Which Distribution would be best?

Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:50 pm

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Re: Which Distribution would be best?

Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:26 pm

Take the time to actually play some N64 games on the Pi before committing to this project. While I suspect it will get better since we now have some video code, the N64 emulator is a little sluggish. If it feels ok for you, then by all means full speed ahead with the recommended distro.
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Re: Which Distribution would be best?

Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:57 am

N64 Emulation on the RPi is rudimentary (although awesome that it actually works, kudos to ric_rpi), however, even with powerful Hardware (a high end PC) by no means perfect due to the use of HLE (High Level Emulation). I would suggest using the original N64 Hardware in conjunction with an EverDrive Cart ... duct_id=54.
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Re: Which Distribution would be best?

Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:44 am


You may want to look into the Android Edition of mupen64plus (mupen64plus-ae) running on a tablet as an alternative. Multi-core processors within tablets should perform better, the controller uses the touch screen and you get a screen and battery as well.

However if you are wanting a project more than the end result, then will your portable system require batteries or will it always have an external power source?

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