Soon, we will be flying Arwings and battling the evil Gruntilda on our HD TVs!
If you grew up during the mid-’90s/early 2000s, you know better than anyone how awesome the Nintendo 64 was. Just look at how psyched this kid was when he got one for Christmas!
Sadly, as technology advanced, many of our favorite video game consoles became less and less playable on our new television sets. Gone are the days of having to be on Channel 3, or nearly having an asthma attack as you blow your lungs out into a cartridge. However, fans of the N64 have been working to bring the revolutionary console to the modern age. This hard work has resulted in something truly spectacular, an HDMI adapter.
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This new adapter from EON Gaming will finally allow us to play the N64 on HD TVs. As you might remember, the N64 had the classic red, white, and yellow RCA chords. Unfortunately, these are not found on most new HD TVs anymore. If you want to play your old N64, you either need to figure out what you need to hook it up, buy the necessary third-party adapters, and pray that they work. This new adapter is tested and true and will work for your system.
So will I be playing Mario 64 in HD?
As cool as it would be, you will not be playing in HD.
You will be playing in 480p with zero lag. Given that the adapter costs about $150, you might think that this isn’t worth the price. However, the games will look better than they do normally. The adapter has a new feature called “Slick Mode.” In Slick Mode, the adapter will polish the rough, pixelated edges and smooth them out.
Is it worth the price?
If you want to play N64 games on the big screen, there are other options. For example, you can download the Project 64 emulator, and then hook your computer up to your TV so you can play on there.
Even if you don’t have a necessary cable, they are very cheap. The one we just linked to is 15-feet long and costs about $9. That’s a far cry from $150.
That said, your games on Project 64 probably won’t look nearly as good on the big screen as they do through the adapter. Also, you will only be able to use your N64 and N64 controller when playing with the adapter.
If the price tag doesn’t throw you off, then this is a solid option. If $150 is too steep for you, remember that there are other options!