Nintendo 64 Emulator For iPhone, iPod Touch 3 In The Works

Zottd, the developer behind GBA4iPhone (an emulator for Gameboy Advanced games) has announced work on a Nintendo 64 emulator for the iPhone and third generation iPod touch. He says that the new devices have finally become powerful enough to handle N64 games, though we won’t really know how well they perform until we see for ourselves. Things like the controls and frame rate are still in question.

The announcement:

Yup, you heard correct. I am currently working on a port of N64 for the iPhone 3gs and iPod Touch 3rd Gen. Why only these two models? Two reasons:

  • They’re the fastest Apple handhelds in term of raw CPU performance.
  • They both have a faster GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) which allows for OpenGL ES 2.0 specifications.

So yes you may soon see N64 on your favorite Apple device. But I can’t promise it will run games top notch just yet, as things are too early to say. There’s hope though, with a 3D accelerated graphics plugin, as well as an ARM dynarec. If you have a previous generation device, I can use software rendering, but it will slow things down further, along with the slower CPU.
I’m somewhat light on details at the moment due to wanting to balance the hype. Things look good for this project though. Only thing I’m concerned about is currently software based controls. I would like to keep my current software based controls with overlays in use, if possible

[via All Tech Related]

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