Exclusive: Polymega's Next Module Brings Nintendo 64 Support (2023)

Playmaji's modular retro-gaming platform Polymega will be getting N64 support, we can exclusively reveal.

The all-in-one console – which has finally found its way into the hands of customers this year after a prolonged delay – will be getting a new EM05 'Ultra' module soon, complete with a controller designed by Retro-Bit, based on its popular Tribute64 pad. In case you weren't aware, Polymega already supports original NES, SNES, Mega Drive / Genesis and TG-16 / PC-Engine games via its optional 'Element Modules', and the base unit itself can play CD games for the Mega CD, Saturn, PlayStation, TG-16 / PC-Engine CD and Neo Geo CD.

It has also been confirmed that modern-day cloud-streaming services will be supported in the future, and a digital storefront is also in development that will allow publishers and IP owners to leverage Polymega's massive internal database of titles.

We sat down with Playmaji CEO & Co-Founder Bryan Bernal to talk about the new N64 module, and what the future holds for Polymega now it's actually in the hands of customers.

Nintendo Life: Why did you pick the N64 as the next Polymega module?

Bryan Bernal: Because our customers asked for it. It's been our most requested module since the first four were announced, and Polymega is well suited to support it. There are virtually no other options out there for playing the N64 library legally, outside of the original hardware — so it's an obvious choice for us.

(Video) N64 MODULE FOR POLYMEGA CONFIRMED

Is the N64 emulator you're using based on a pre-existing one, or is it custom-made?

I think Polymega will provide a more authentic experience for players because you simply can't have an authentic experience with just a handful of games on offer

Part of our licensing and development / co-development process is ensuring that nearly all games can be played without any complicated configuration or set up by the user, and that you can plug a legitimate cartridge and controller in and play it without any hassle, plug-in flipping, configuration, and so on. So, when this module is released, it will employ the best legal solution we can provide while hitting the same minimum 90% compatibility requirement we have for our CD BIOS solutions and other supported game systems. The specifics will be released a little later on before launch.

Nintendo has come under fire lately for the standard of N64 emulation on Switch. Are you confident your solution can offer a more authentic experience for players?

Nintendo has the tools and resources to improve their emulation significantly over time, so I imagine any issues that are currently present at the launch of their service will improve with future updates. If they wanted to, they could probably even perfect N64 emulation. But more directly to your question, I think Polymega will provide a more authentic experience for players because you simply can't have an authentic experience with just a handful of games on offer. N64 had nearly 400 games released for the platform across all regions. Even if Nintendo wanted to try to support every game on their service, it would be a very difficult undertaking and they probably wouldn't be able to secure the rights to every N64 game for the platform to release digitally. My guess is that the number crunchers have calculated that they don't have to, since they can get 80-90% of the effect with 10-20% of the games supported, albeit the most popular ones.

Are you able to offer 100% compatibility with all N64 games?

(Video) Nintendo 64 emulation has been added to PolyMega | MVG

It's unlikely that 100% of games will be supported at the launch of the EM05 Ultra module, but it will be at a minimum above 90% working great to near perfect. Over time, that amount will likely increase.

Will you be offering any emulation options for this, such as higher resolution modes and so on?

Maybe. Truth be told, we don't particularly like the HD look and it's ripe for unintentional bugs – hence the reason we don't support it on our other consoles Polymega supports, such as Sega Saturn and PS1. Instead, we focus our efforts on virtual display filters which authentically re-create the look of classic TVs and smooth out jaggies significantly, the way they were meant to look. Polymega currently has some of the best scanline effects available anywhere, as well as CRT-style curvature — enhancing the effect significantly. Honestly, there are times where I think I'm looking at an arcade cabinet monitor while playing games – which is, in our opinion, how they were meant to look and how they were meant to be played.

The Tribute64 is probably the best third-party N64 controller on the market today, and the new pack-in RC05 Ultra Retro Controller is basically a new "wired" version of the wireless Tribute64 controller

Tell us a little about the controller that's shipping with the module; what's it been like working with Retro-Bit on that? Do you think N64 fans will be happy with it?

The Tribute64 is probably the best third-party N64 controller on the market today, and the new pack-in RC05 Ultra Retro Controller is basically a new "wired" version of the wireless Tribute64 controller, styled by us. You'll also notice our version of the controller has a 'SELECT' button, something not found on any N64 controller. This is so you can play other systems on Polymega using the RC05. We'll make sure this translates nicely to an analogue controller experience for Sega Saturn – so you can play stuff like Burning Rangers and Nights Into Dreams with it – and more. Retro-Bit has been great to work with, and we had met several times before this collaboration to discuss opportunities between our teams, so we're happy that this one worked out, and I wouldn't be surprised to see more collaborations between us in the future.

(Video) Polymega announces new Nintendo 64 Module in the Works

After quite a wait, Polymega is finally out; what are your thoughts and feelings now that the machine is in the hands of those who pre-ordered it all those years ago, and what would you say to those people whose confidence has perhaps been knocked by the delays, cancelled orders and lack of communication?

It's great to see it in the hands of so many people. Even though it took a while, it took that long because we did it right and didn't cut any corners. So, I think now that people have it in hand and are actually using it, it becomes quickly obvious that there's something special about the system. It's elegant, there's no setup, it's compatible with your real games, it makes them look amazing, and it even allows you to digitally archive your collection in a way that's highly addicting and fun. Seeing your digital game collection grow with that signature Polymega style is just awesome, and you really can't get that anywhere else. People tell us they feel like it's something they'll have forever; like there's nothing that could possibly improve upon it.

Polymega was released during a very challenging time for many game hardware companies, and even today you can see the impact that the reverberating effects of COVID-19 have had on the release of nearly every gaming console product that was set to release in 2020-2021. The same issues happened to us, but earlier. We had to weather the storm just the same to get to the point where we are now shipping products to our customers. I would say our issues were particularly even worse because we had to deal with political issues in Myanmar, which is the country where Polymega Base Units are manufactured, so we're grateful to have emerged from that situation relatively unscathed and things have now stabilized.

What kind of reaction and feedback have you had from those customers who now have their consoles?

Polymega's store is quite far along in development and we've received a great deal of interest from publishers and developers on this front. Also, our internal game development and publishing studio is now ramping up to create and publish exclusive original content on Polymega

People absolutely love it. Lots of positive and encouraging emails via our web contact form, and expressing gratitude for making the system. I don't think we've had even a single returned unit so far and we've shipped thousands of systems and modules now. We've had a few issues here and there with CD drives, but the vast majority of customers are happily enjoying their systems without any problems.

(Video) N64 Arrives, Cheat Codes, and Growing Pains | Polymega Journal #7

You've been supporting Polymega with several system updates in 2021; can we expect to see more features and functions added to the system over time?

Yes, Polymega's crown jewel is our system software, and it's something we expect to continue improving into the foreseeable future, not just at launch. We're always coming up with cool new features to throw into a future update.

Are you still planning to launch a digital store on the console? Has there been much support and interest from publishers and developers in this?

Correct, Polymega's store is quite far along in development and we've received a great deal of interest from publishers and developers on this front. Also, our internal game development and publishing studio is now ramping up to create and publish exclusive original content on Polymega.

Are there plans for more modules after the N64 one?

Yes, there are several other modules and products currently in development that aren't ready to be announced yet. Some of these new modules don't directly correlate to game consoles (a la NES, SNES, etc.) but enhance the game playing experience on Polymega. We're not entirely ready to talk about that yet as we are currently focused on improving the availability of Polymega and fulfilment of pre-orders.

(Video) The FIRST Nintendo 64 CLONE Console! Polymega EM05 Ultra Element Module ANNOUNCED!

We'd like to thank Bryan for his time. You can check out our review of the Polymega here, and the system is available for pre-order direct from the Polymega site.

This article was originally published by nintendolife.com on Wed 24th November, 2021.

FAQs

Does Polymega play N64? ›

Bernal said, "There are virtually no other options out there for playing the N64 library legally, outside of the original hardware -- so it's an obvious choice for us". The Polymega offers compatibility with more than 90 percent of each classic console's game library.

Will Polymega support PS2 games? ›

Will there eventually be support for PS2, PS3, Gamecube, Wii, etc? In short, no. We have no intention of supporting anything in the 6th Generation of game consoles at this time.

Is the Polymega good? ›

This all-in-one retro machine not only offers a solution for cartridge-based consoles, it tackles the CD ones right out of the box. While it may be a bit on the pricey side, the Polymega could very well be the best retro solution for your classic games once it irons out some of the shortcomings.

Is Polymega region free? ›

Each module is region free and includes a custom Polymega® retro controller. Built-in ultra low latency controller ports give you the true feeling of playing the original console, even on an HDTV.

Can N64 run on a modern TV? ›

Your N64 may work with your modern TV using the original composite cable. Check to see if your TV has the right connections and supports the N64's 240p video output signal. Just be wary that even if it does work, the quality may be noticeably poor. For the best results, use a specialist retro gaming scaler.

How much RAM do you need to emulate a PS2? ›

Hardware requirements
MinimumRecommended
Personal Computer
Memory4 GB RAM.8 GB RAM.
Graphics hardwareDirectX 10 (DX11 since 1.6.0) or OpenGL 3.x supported GPU and 2 GB VRAM.DirectX 11 or OpenGL 4.5 supported GPU and 4 GB VRAM.
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Did the PS2 have 60 fps? ›

PS1 launched with 12 games in NA, 5 are 60 fps. PS2 launched with 26 games in NA, 21 of those games are 60 fps PS3 launched with 13 in NA, 2 are 60 fps. PS4 launched with 17 in NA, 8 or 9 are 60 fps (must double check) Where will PS5 land?

What is the strongest console? ›

The Xbox Series X succeeds the Xbox One X as the most powerful console in production. Despite being similar in specs to the PS5, Sony and Microsoft have taken very different approaches to how they're marketing their hardware.

What is the number 1 console in the world? ›

PlayStation 2 (PS2)

What is the number 1 best console? ›

  1. Sony PlayStation 5 – BEST GAME CONSOLE. Worthy upgrade for the future. ...
  2. Nintendo Switch – BEST PORTABLE GAME CONSOLE. Incredibly versatile entertainment machine. ...
  3. Microsoft Xbox Series S - BEST BUDGET CHOICE. ...
  4. Xbox Cloud Gaming. ...
  5. Nintendo Switch Lite. ...
  6. Xbox One S. ...
  7. Playstation 4 Slim. ...
  8. Nintendo Switch OLED.
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How much does the Polymega cost? ›

At $400 for the base console, and an additional $80 for each expansion module, the Polymega certainly isn't cheap. But the dedicated retro gamers out there know just how expensive HDMI mods and optical drive emulators (not to mention modding installation costs) can be.

What Nintendo consoles are not region locked? ›

Excluding the New-Style NES mentioned earlier and handhelds, the Nintendo Switch is Nintendo's first region-free console, as it allows to play games from any region whether through physical cartridges or digital downloads. For instance, games from the Nintendo eShop can be purchased and downloaded regardless of region.

Can the Polymega play PC games? ›

The base Polymega system ($449, a rise from the initially-advertised $399) comes with a CD drive and will play Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation, Sega Mega-CD, Neo Geo CD and PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 CD games from all regions.

What is the highest resolution for N64? ›

Resolution: 240p (320×240), 288p (384×288), 480i (640×480), 576i (720×576), widescreen via letterboxing or anamorphic compression. Color palette: 16,777,216 (24-bit color depth), 2,097,152 possible colors (21-bit color) on screen.

Did Nintendo 64 have better graphics than PlayStation? ›

While the N64 had smoother graphics overall, the PS1 games had better textures. The textures that were applied to the shapes within Ps1 games were much more realistic. Again, a lot of this is because the PS1's hardware specs and triangle polygons made it easier for third-party developers to build games for the Ps1.

Does N64 look better on old TV? ›

I found that it looked way better than what I was experiencing on the flat screen and newer TV. It felt like what I used to see as a kid, since back then CRTs were still a thing for everyone.

Can you play N64 on 4k? ›

The short answer is that if the TV has inputs that match the console's output then yes, it will work. As others have said, there are a few choices of output type for the N64 specifically so there's no reason you shouldn't be able to hook them up with the right converter cables or TV input.

Can N64 use HDMI? ›

Product detailsProduct details. Convert Nintendo 64/GameCube/ Super NES / SFC signal to HDMI signal, the game console is connected to a new HDMI TV. N64 to hdmi do not need to install drivers, portable, flexible, plug and play. Composite to HDMI TV works for N64/ GameCube/ SNES/ SFC .

Can 4GB ram run emulator? ›

Minimum system requirements for Droid4X:

RAM: 1GB (4GB recommended) Disk Space: It depends upon the type of installer i.e., offline or online. (5GB recommended)

Which emulator is best for low ram? ›

3Top 5 Best Android Emulators for Low-End PC
Android emulatorCostCompatible OS
BlueStacksFree✅Android, Windows, Mac
NoxPlayerFree✅Android, Windows, Mac
LDPlayerFree✅Android, Windows
Droid4XFree✅Android, Windows
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Is PS2 good for gaming? ›

Sony's PlayStation 2 is one of the greatest gaming systems of all time. Not only has it sold more units than any other home or handheld console ever since it came out in the year 2000, but it also supports thousands of titles and arrived at a time when video games were becoming more complex, artistic, and immersive.

How much would it cost to buy every PS2 game? ›

If a Sony fan wanted to snag each of these games, it would run them $1,604.66. Keep in mind that games go on sale now and then, and sometimes titles are added/removed as well.

How long is PS2 lifespan? ›

PlayStation 2
Left: Original PlayStation 2 with vertical stand Right: Slim PlayStation 2 with vertical stand, 8 MB memory card and DualShock 2 controller
Lifespan2000–2013 (13 years)
Introductory price¥39,800, US$299, £299, F2,990, DM869
DiscontinuedJP: 28 December 2012 WW : 4 January 2013
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Can PS5 do 200 FPS? ›

The PS5 can't take full advantage of its incredibly fast 240Hz refresh rate, but with its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, you can play 4k games up to 120 fps on the PS5 without issue.

Is PS4 30fps or 60? ›

Maximum refresh rate of frames is 60 fps with the Pro, which is 30 more than the Slim version.

Is PS5 only 60fps? ›

PS5 games will run at a variety of framerates, including 60fps (See Also: Will PS5 Games Be 60 Frames-Per-Second?). However, Sony's new-gen system also supports 120fps, so we've compiled a list of all PS5 games running at 120fps as part of our PS5 guide.

What console lasts the longest? ›

5 Consoles That Lasted The Longest (& 5 That Lasted The Shortest)
  • 6/10 Longest: Atari 2600 (1977 - 1982)
  • 5/10 Shortest: Dreamcast (1999 - 2001)
  • 4/10 Longest: NES (1983 - 2003)
  • 3/10 Shortest: Gizmondo (2005 - 2006)
  • 2/10 Longest: Master System (1986 - Present)
  • 1/10 Shortest: Virtual Boy (1995 - 1995)
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What is the most loved console? ›

Best-selling game consoles
PlatformTypeUnits sold
PlayStation 4Home117.2 million
Nintendo Switch #Hybrid114.33 million
PlayStationHome102.49 million
WiiHome101.63 million
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What is the most liked console? ›

1. PlayStation 2 – 159 million* *PlayStation 2 remains the best-selling video game console of all time. Sony's beloved system tops Nintendo DS by roughly 5 million units sold, while handily outselling every other console in existence.

What is the most purchased game? ›

1. Tetris – 520 million. Arguably the most timeless video game ever created, Tetris sits comfortably atop the list of all-time bestsellers with 520 million copies sold, according to The Tetris Company.

What console has the best graphics? ›

Best Graphics: Microsoft Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X is the most powerful home console ever created, powering up to 12 teraflops of graphical performance for hyper-detailed native 4K games at up to 120 frames per second on supported screens.

Which console is popular in Japan? ›

Japan
ManufacturerConsoleReleased
SonyPlayStation 4 #February 22, 2014
NECPC EngineOctober 30, 1987
SonyPlayStation Vita #December 17, 2011
SegaSaturnNovember 22, 1994
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What is the best selling console in the world? ›

The console also had a hefty lifespan of over a decade, eventually selling just over 49 million units.
  • PlayStation 3. ...
  • Nintendo Wii. ...
  • PlayStation. ...
  • Nintendo Switch. 107 Million Units. ...
  • PlayStation 4. 117 Million Units. ...
  • Nintendo GameBoy/GameBoy Color. 118 Million Units. ...
  • Nintendo DS. 154 Million Units. ...
  • PlayStation 2. 157.68 Million Units.
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What is the coolest console in the world? ›

Best gaming consoles
  • PlayStation 5. Sony's latest offering. Specifications. ...
  • PlayStation 4 Pro. The cheapest way to native 4K. ...
  • PlayStation 4. The affordable all-rounder. ...
  • Xbox Series X. Microsoft's latest offering. ...
  • Xbox Series S. More affordable new-gen. ...
  • Xbox One S. The affordable media center. ...
  • Nintendo Switch OLED. An upgraded classic.
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What is the rarest Nintendo console? ›

The Game Boy Advance SP 24k Gold Edition is by far the rarest Nintendo console ever made. It's impossible to put a price on it, partially because many people are skeptical of its existence.

Is the Virtual console still up? ›

What about the Virtual Console? Sadly, the Virtual Consoles — which housed more than 530 classic games, available to purchase and download — will be no more after March 2023.

What is the world's fastest console? ›

Think about it: Sony is confidently stating that the PlayStation 5 is the "world's fastest," even though we don't have any details about Project Scarlett at all. Sony already believes the PS5 has higher clock speeds, so this news may be just as interesting for Xbox fans as it is for PlayStation fans.

Is the n64 region locked? ›

The US and Japan versions of the console are nearly interchangeable, the only "region" locking is a physical notch in the cartridge with a matching peg in the console.

Can you use a Japanese Switch in America? ›

Unlike every other Nintendo console shipped since the company started designing actual operating systems, the Switch is completely region-free — you can play games from any country without issue, often in any language.

Can I play a Japanese game on my Switch? ›

With the exception of systems and game cards distributed in the Chinese region, Nintendo Switch game cards are not region locked.

Is the Polymega any good? ›

This all-in-one retro machine not only offers a solution for cartridge-based consoles, it tackles the CD ones right out of the box. While it may be a bit on the pricey side, the Polymega could very well be the best retro solution for your classic games once it irons out some of the shortcomings.

What consoles can Polymega play? ›

Polymega is a home video game console developed by American company Playmaji, Inc. It is a retro gaming console offering backwards compatibility with several CD-based platforms: PlayStation, TurboGrafx-CD, Neo Geo CD, Sega CD, and Sega Saturn.

What consoles can PC emulate? ›

You can find emulators for most retro consoles and all Nintendo consoles. That includes the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, Game Boy, Nintendo DS and 3DS, and the Nintendo Switch. There are also emulators for the PS1, PS2, and PS3, as well as the Sega Genesis and arcade machines.

What emulator can play N64 games? ›

RetroArch + N64 Core

RetroArch is an emulation powerhouse with support for a number of emulators and game engines, including the Mupen64Plus-Next and ParaLLel N64 cores. This make it possible to play most Nintendo 64 games.

What emulator to use for N64? ›

Project 64 is widely renowned as being the best of the best N64 emulators on the internet. This program works brilliantly on both Windows and Android operating systems and has tonnes of features that make reliving your favourite games a breeze.

What emulator runs N64 games? ›

Super64Plus is a reasonably decent Nintendo 64 emulator. It does the basics, including opening and running N64 games, saving your game, on-screen controller customization, and hardware controller support. There are also some video plugins and other features to help you in case a ROM isn't running quite right.

Can BizHawk emulate N64? ›

Currently, BizHawk supports the following platforms: NES/Famicom, Nintendo 64, Virtual Boy, Game Boy Advance, Color and Classic, Sony PlayStation, SEGA Master System, Game Gear, SG-1000, Sega-CD, Sega Saturn, PC Engine, Atari 2600 and 7800, Atari Lynx, ColecoVision, the TI-83 calculator, Neo Geo Pocket, WonderSwan, ...

Did Nintendo fix N64 emulator? ›

Fog returns to Zelda, fixes to Paper Mario and more... When Nintendo first launched its Expansion Pack tier for Switch Online, N64 emulation was accused of not matching the original experience.

How can I play old N64 games? ›

However, if you want online multiplayer gaming and access to a library of retro Nintendo 64, SNES, NES and Sega Genesis titles, you'll want to sign up for its Switch Online subscription service and check out its Expansion Pack tier for some nostalgic joy.

What programming language do N64 games use? ›

One thing you must keep in mind, though: coding for the N64 requires extensive knowledge of both C and MIPS R4K assembly.

Are N64 games hard to emulate? ›

Emulating is… difficult. The structure the N64 is built off of is rather complex, and it's proprietary and not standard. Therefore, it's not a 1-to-1 correspondence for hardware requirements. The N64, believe it or not, isn't even at perfect software emulation, much less efficient perfect software emulation.

Does Nintendo still make N64 games? ›

After that, Nintendo will gradually roll out Mario Party 3, Pokemon Stadium 1 and 2, 1080 Snowboarding and Excitebike 64 in 2023. Nintendo has been adding N64 games to the Switch Online service almost monthly since the Expansion Pack plan launched in October 2021.

Is it easy to emulate N64? ›

The other takeaway, I guess, is that N64 emulation is hard. All emulation is hard! Nintendo's never going to be the kind of company that hypes up playing 4K versions of its old games, and I don't think anyone expects it to be.

Is the N64 emulator free? ›

Project64 is a completely free and open-source emulator for the Nintendo 64 and 64DD written in C++. Capable of playing your favorite N64 games on your PC with high definition graphics, excellent compatibility, save states, built-in cheat codes, and more.

Can you download N64 games in a PC? ›

Project 64

It let's you play ROMs (a computer file containing a video game) and you can either use your keyboard to play or configure a USB controller. ROMs are computer files of your favorite video games and Project 64 will load the games on your PC. ROMs for the Nintendo 64 have the “.

What is C64 emulator? ›

From C64-Wiki. An emulator is a special computer program that simulates, or "emulates", another (usually older) computer system, e.g. a C64 home computer on an Amiga or PC. An emulator should be a perfect clone of the computer system it is emulating, including CPU, memory management, sound, graphics and peripherals.

Why is Bizhawk so slow? ›

Bizhawk is Laggy

If this is set too high then that can cause lag. Even if your pc is very powerful we still recommend not going over 800x600, because it will demand a lot of resources from your computer without increasing the graphics all that much (it's a 20 y/o game).

Can RetroArch run N64 games? ›

RetroArch Is Working On Hardware That Allows You To Run N64 Carts On Your PC. RetroArch – one of the leading retro gaming emulation solutions on the market right now – is creating a hardware solution that will allow you to run your N64 cartridges on your PC.

Can the Amiga emulate c64? ›

The Amiga computer can be used to emulate several other computer platforms, including legacy platforms such as the Commodore 64, and its contemporary rivals such as the IBM PC and the Macintosh.

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