Designer Creates HDMI Adapter for N64

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June 30th, 2014, 10:50 pm #1

Designer Creates HDMI Adapter for N64

"A freelance hardware and software designer has created an adapter to let fans of the Nintendo 64 plug their systems into their sets via an HDMI cable.

Anyone who has plugged their trusty N64 into an HDTV knows all too well the heartbreak that ensues. The games, already painfully dated as far as polygonal graphics are concerned, don't handle well the transition to the 16:9, high definition output of modern sets. The old-school graphical charm is distorted in ways that make them look worse than they did on an old CRT standard television.

The creator of the adapter, a 23 year-old by the name of Marshall H, has a background in electrical engineering and design work. He told VentureBeat's GameBeat he was initially sparked to create the adapter by the lamentations of many people, himself included, who noticed how poorly N64 graphics showed on flatscreen televisions.

With HDMI, or DisplayPort, Marshall said you will always get a better picture, even with the "low-res pixel soup from the N64."

The adapter is still in development, with Marshall looking to improve on his original design -- like making the mod easier to install. In its current incarnation, the adapter requires a bit of soldering. He also wants to make sure it works with the various television formats used around the world. "A lot of N64 fans are Down Under," he said.

Marshall has a website, Retroactive, where you can read more about his N64 adapter, along with entries about his other projects."

I've been holding on to several N64's for a reason. ;)

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June 30th, 2014, 11:54 pm #2

Great news.

The reason i've signed up to this forum is to look for some help with display issues.

My N64 works perfectly fine, however the colours on the display are very light, when playing some games it's very hard to distinguish what's going on. A perfect example if Frappe Snowland on Mario Kart 64, it's almost impossible to see the track from the scenery surrounding it.

I've tried to play with the contrast and colour settings, but to no avail. Currently using a composite cable with a Scart adapter on the end, and i've also plugged the y/r/w leads into the component cable slots on the back of my TV and i'm having the same problem.

I bought a new cable from ebay which will hopefully be here any day, but failing that does anybody have any ideas as to what the problem could be? I've tried it on another TV & you guessed it, i'm having the same problems :(

Any insight or information on this would be greatly appreciated.

RR. :phear:
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June 30th, 2014, 11:56 pm #3

oh man! and i just bought like 4 different things to make mine RGB component!!!
it's true! A LOT OF :n64: gamers here in Australia :yeah:

I've added my name for release info, I am def. getting one of these babies!!
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July 1st, 2014, 12:43 am #4

yeah we all knew he was working on it for close to 2 years now. very good news ! might have to pick up a spare n64 to test/install it
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July 1st, 2014, 12:48 am #5

I wonder why Marshall H didn't initiate a Kickstarter campaign to fund this project? I'm sure he would have gotten the funds more quickly as there's still plenty of people who'd like to play their actual N64 console on a modern TV.
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July 1st, 2014, 1:32 am #6

this is a great and powerful invention, think about it - it will also work with SNES, I'm sure he would have some kind of marketing deal! What do u think? :toad:
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July 4th, 2014, 5:01 pm #7

super_joker wrote:this is a great and powerful invention, think about it - it will also work with SNES, I'm sure he would have some kind of marketing deal! What do u think? :toad:
I'm not sure what the potential profit is as so many people play SNES games via emulation.

Since the N64 is harder to emulate, or so I'm told, there may be more of a market for an HDMI solution for it.
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July 4th, 2014, 6:35 pm #8

there could be an insane market for the big 3 aka NES/SNES/N64. I know there's someone working on full NES kit, dont remember who but it was @ nintendoage.
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July 7th, 2014, 1:43 pm #9

Grizzmeister wrote:
super_joker wrote:this is a great and powerful invention, think about it - it will also work with SNES, I'm sure he would have some kind of marketing deal! What do u think? :toad:
I'm not sure what the potential profit is as so many people play SNES games via emulation.

Since the N64 is harder to emulate, or so I'm told, there may be more of a market for an HDMI solution for it.
Eh, I wouldn't really say N64 emulation is hard though, all of the popular games work pretty much flawlessly, and even 6 or so years ago, I was able to play Mario 64 fine on a emulator.
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September 29th, 2014, 2:03 am #10

What's the ballpark of this costing once it is finished?
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