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Where is the best place to get an everdrive or similar? I never had an n64 back in the day, which are the best games on the system/best games that stand up today? I am not interested in Zelda tbh.

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https://everdrive.me is the official site. Prepare to wait a few weeks for delivery.

 

Best games is subjective and honestly, the games look quite rough now due to their early 3D nature and low resolution blurry textures. If you're considering one of those HDMI modded N64s, I reckon it'll just look like trash on an LCD. 

 

There's the list pinned on this forum - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xq95YBSwNLrD6zbJiMkkSCCReTLuHukFOLEHjDg9nXk/edit#gid=2006638593

 

It does not contain Wave Race 64 though, and there's an English translation of Animal Crossing, a few good Star Wars games, and Shadows of the Empire. Extreme G, Wipeout 64, Banjo Kazooie is you like Rare Collect Em Ups. 

 

 

 

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My recommendations would be Waverace, Pilotwings, Mario Kart 64, Mario Tennis, Mario Golf and F-Zero X. Perhaps Beetle Adventure Racing, I’m not sure how well that holds up these days. 

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There are mods for some of the better games as well, so if you’re using an everdrive check them out.

 

WWF No Mercy is still the best wrestling game ever made as well, so definitely check that out.

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Waiting patiently for my boxed Japanese system to arrive, it’s coming with DK64 (the set including the RAM pak). 
Pilotwings 64 is my first eBay purchase. I thought about an everdrive but the Japanese game boxes are so flipping gorgeous! If I can get my favourite common titles boxed, I can think about my options for other titles in the future.

 

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7 hours ago, StoooTube said:

Waiting patiently for my boxed Japanese system to arrive, it’s coming with DK64 (the set including the RAM pak). 
Pilotwings 64 is my first eBay purchase. I thought about an everdrive but the Japanese game boxes are so flipping gorgeous! If I can get my favourite common titles boxed, I can think about my options for other titles in the future.

 

The f-zero X one is pure porn.

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10 hours ago, pulsemyne said:

1080's Jap one was nice as well.

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If you happen to get the game unboxed, I've got a spare 1080 JPN box you can have, I'm unlikely to randomly come across the game tbh.

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My svideo cable arrived, I didn’t spend a great deal but the reviews on Amazon suggested it was for NTSC systems.

However the image is very bright / contrasty. I spent about an hour tweaking my CRT’s settings to get a decent image, but I’m still not 100% happy. It’s been a long time, is this just the way the N64 was?! The composite image was similar, just much fuzzier with hideous dot-crawl. 

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It may depend on the model, but generally it’s like a fuzzier RGB. 
 

I’ll dig out my US N64 later and check with an NTSC-specific S-Video cable  

 

What you’re describing sounds like the TV trying to interpret the chroma and luma signals mashed together as composite. Are you going direct into an S-Video socket or via a SCART adapter?

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Has anyone attempted to play Mission: Impossible recently? I remember both loving and despising it at the time, and even then it looked astonishingly poor. I can't imagine time has been that kind to it, but the scope of it was amazing. Like the sort of game someone would propose who had precisely zero idea of how difficult it would be to produce. I found it in the loft the other day and had a pang of nostalgia.

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Mission: Impossible is arguably terrible but it's one of those games I had as a child and loved it. I played through it about 2 years ago now and still got a lot of enjoyment from it. The controls can be a real pain sometimes though causing you to have to restart a mission on occasion.

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7 hours ago, Colonel Panic said:

It may depend on the model, but generally it’s like a fuzzier RGB. 
 

I’ll dig out my US N64 later and check with an NTSC-specific S-Video cable  

 

What you’re describing sounds like the TV trying to interpret the chroma and luma signals mashed together as composite. Are you going direct into an S-Video socket or via a SCART adapter?

It’s via a scart adaptor, but the tv has separate channels for AV2 and SVideo (same socket). If I view AV2 it looks fuzzier like composite, but better than the composite cable the console came with. When I select the dedicated Svideo channel it cleans the image up considerably, but it’s just as bright and contrasty.

I’ve kind of fixed it by turning the brightness way down, contrast around 1/4, colour around half way and chroma a bit towards the right (green I think) to improve the reds. If I set it half way, the reds are pinkish.

Very odd!

 

For the record I’m using a Sony KV21X5U which has the FE-1 chassis. Other consoles look amazing, although the only svideo source I’ve used is an hdmi->svideo converter for my mini consoles. And they look pretty good.

 

Edit: oh and the image itself looks about as sharp as one could expect from an n64, none of the fuzziness you get with composite. But the cable does also have a yellow video connector (not connected).

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20 hours ago, Art Vandelay said:

Has anyone attempted to play Mission: Impossible recently? I remember both loving and despising it at the time, and even then it looked astonishingly poor. I can't imagine time has been that kind to it, but the scope of it was amazing. Like the sort of game someone would propose who had precisely zero idea of how difficult it would be to produce. I found it in the loft the other day and had a pang of nostalgia.

 

It's one that's both cheap and plentiful in CEX so I imagine I'll end up owning it because I struggle to resist any sub fiver retro game if I'm actually in store.

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On 30/12/2020 at 14:39, MikeBeaver said:

You can buy decent stick replacements for them, that plug straight into the main PCB, but they are not cheap, last time I bought some ( a good 18 months, perhaps 2 years ago ) they were £10 a piece, bloody good though and brought pads back to full life :)

Hey Mike. I bought a replacement off ebay (and they were pretty shit). Can you link to some recommended ones? 

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28 minutes ago, Tomdominer said:

Hey Mike. I bought a replacement off ebay (and they were pretty shit). Can you link to some recommended ones? 

 

Mine were from Aliexpress, and possibly more than the 18 months, I'll check for you.

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https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32370548809.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.27424c4dbR96jB

 

They are no longer available from that seller unfortunately, and it was 3 years ago :lol:

 

Similar ones are here :- https://www.aliexpress.com/af/3d-joystick-n64.html?trafficChannel=af&d=y&CatId=0&SearchText=3d+joystick+n64&ltype=affiliate&isFreeShip=y&SortType=price_asc&page=1&groupsort=1

 

I suspect though that they will very much be the same as the one you got from eBay.

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