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Now that televisions have gone high-definition, next-gen consoles use HDMI for connectivity, rather than the old A/V cables used by systems such as the Nintendo 64. If you want to play the classic consoles and don’t have an older model television, you’re out of luck since previous generation systems are no longer supported on these new-fangled TVs.

What’s great about the Virtual Console on the Wii U and 3DS is the ability to revisit classic games. However, it’s impossible to recreate that magic that comes from playing an old-school game on its original system.  Sometimes I miss the feeling of holding my watermelon-colored Nintendo 64 controller while saving Hyrule.

Marshall from Retroactive is working on a solution to this problem. He is currently developing an N64 HDMI converter, allowing you to play the old 64-bit games on your bright and shiny HDTV. Imagine Majora’s Mask in HD!

He hopes to begin selling the HDMI converters early this year. Be aware that the converter still requires installation. Marshall explains:

“This is not a plug and play board. Soldering is required. Since it attaches directly to the output of the RCP before any video processing is done, it requires fine pitch soldering skills to install.”
 

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Source: Retroactive
Via: Kotaku
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  • CEObrainz

    This sound promising to an extent, it’s a shame that I’d need to buy a soldering kit, however if it adds extra use to my N64 then it’s a worth while project.

  • Llewoh Nitsuj

    I don’t see how much it would help though. Is it really possible to upgrade the video quality very much? And as it is, the old composite systems can be plugged into to component inputs on any HDTV (green and yellow are interchangeable). I’ve played Mario Kart 64 on a brand new Samsung HDTV. The graphics are just really blocky.

    • Darkstar

      Both the GC and Wii used composite cables too, but they also had optional component cables to display 480p. So the older consoles aren’t the only ones using AV/composite cables.

    • Dave

      “…it attaches directly to the output of the RCP before any video processing is done…” This is a pure, clean signal going through HDMI, not a converted composite signal. It won’t be HD (720p), but it’ll be a lot cleaner and smoother than a converted composite signal

  • Jordan Ivor Madick

    Enjoy your awful dithering

  • death

    Eh, I’d MUCH rather play on any other console or emulator, because N64 has the worst controller I’ve ever used. Great games, but those sticks are just unusable.

    • You can replace the N64 Stick with Gamecube sticks, after that it’s the best controller on earth imho

  • 8bitboot

    You could just buy a converter, which is what i did. converts to an hdmi output, and upscales the n64 to 720p

  • Nick

    i dont understand, i have an hd television and i still play n64 on it…