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Ever been bored at school? Problably. Been stuck in front of a computer in school, but havent been able to play any games because of the firewall? It has happened to all of us. Now, you can play all of your favorite N64(or other video game systems) games on your computer.

Flash Drive
School computers that run windows xp, vista, or 7 (Im not sure if this is compatable with macs, although it should be).


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Step 1: Downloading the Emulator

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To play N64 games on a computer, you must first download an emulator to run the games on your computer. To download the emulator, go to Browse emulators until you find emulators for the n64. From here you can download one of four emulators. It dosen't matter which one, they all run most games, however i do recommend project 64. Be sure to save the emulator files to your flash drive, not only the shortcut.

Side note: At this point, you can download emulators to other game systems if you wish. The process is practically the same.

Edit: I forgot to add that you will need to install the emulator onto your flash drive also. This takes about a minute. After downloading the emulator onto your flash drive, you will see a shortcut for project 64. Click on it and make sure to install the file onto your flash drive. Several files should appear after the installation. To run the emulator, click on the red shortcut.

Step 2: Downloading Games

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Great. now you have your emulator,but dont have any games to play on it. Time to get some games! Go to once again and repeat the last step again, except browse Rom files instead. Save these games to your flash drive also.

Step 3: Run the Games

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To run these games on your school computer, plug in your flash drive. Open the Emulator file and click the shortcut. This should run the emulator. To play a game, click  File, Open Rom, then choose a game. Have fun!

Does this work on chrome books because my school gave us our own chromebook

somegamer24 months ago

my school has blocked on the computers ... any other way?

just download at home on a flash drive and bring it to school

somegamer24 months ago

because i'm REALLY craving bomber man!

somegamer24 months ago

or do i have to go the long way #AtHome

mnv7104 years ago
Does this work for macs? They got macs at my school.
i tried it on a mac book, it doesn't work

ad29111 mnv7104 years ago
no you need to download special emulators for that. You can find them at cool rom
You might add that this is illegal if you don't own physical copies of the games.
origamic12 (author)  JamesRPatrick4 years ago
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It's only legal if you ripped the ROM straight from software that you own.

Of course, there has never been a lawsuit about the piracy of nintendo 64 ROMs, so I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Where or how you attain a copy of a game you legitimately own is irrelevant. The law allows for a person to copy media for archival purposes whether the duplication be for themselves or another.

Simple lingo on the laws: If you possess a copy of an article of media, you must possess a legitimate original as well. Source of the copy is unimportant.
Can you get me a source on this?

I've done some research and haven't come up with anything supporting what you're saying.
I will try to find it. It is something I learned about in high school and again during one of my IT classes. Sadly I cannot remember the statute. If I find it I will post info here.

But it is completely legal to archive any media into any format assuming the possessor of said archival duplicate owns a legit original.

This applies to all media types except special cases.

Pictures with copyright print on the back have slightly different rules as they do not sell you the archival rights when you purchase it, so you can scan it, but aren't technically allowed to reprint unless you have paid for duplication rights when you purchase the photos. I'm not sure how they get away with this other than the fact that when you sign for photos you also sign an agreement to the lack of duplication rights.
RyuHoshi1013 years ago
Can you do this with an SD Card?
Yes. An SD card is still a flash card just for a different port type.

As long as it has the space, this will work fine. :)
kwebber3214 years ago
my school blocks applactions from being opened with a flash drive.
Great concept! Also this should work with any emulator/rom, not just the N64.
Kaiven4 years ago
I did this in middle school. I'm pretty sure you screenshotted my flash drive, because I have the exact same game files....Of course, it's illegal to download the game without owning a real life copy, but I don't think people pay attention to that very much.
i would get suspended for this it says in my hand book students will not bring unauthorized software and use them on our computers. but good concept though i can still do this for my other computers as well as my friends computers
lemonie4 years ago
You say This should run the emulator - which I take to mean "I don't know whether this works, because I haven't tried it. But I think it would"

origamic12 (author)  lemonie4 years ago
No, i have done this on my school omputer as well as my own personel computer. You are right. it should say it will run the emulator.

Great - can you add some details to it about the school-system? They'll be useful for people to know what this does work on.

origamic12 (author) 4 years ago
I forgot to add that you will need to install the emulator also. This takes about a minute. After downloading the emulator onto your flash drive, you will see a shortcut for project 64. Click on it and make sure to install the file onto your flash drive. Several files should appear after the installation. To run the emulator, click on the red shortcut.
awesome ible. i started doin this in like2 years ago but i used doom and wolfenstein 3d. if they upped some of the pcs i might try and get battlefield 2 on them.
How big should the Flash Drive be? This will be perfect in my Marketing class where all we do is two day projects on the computers(that we get a week to work on). Great Instructable! P.S. Super Smash Bros is great!
origamic12 (author)  prototype22134 years ago
Does not have to be very large unless you are going to download every game in existence.:) A one gigabyte Flash drive should do.
nickodemus4 years ago
My high school blocks usage of the USB ports...
This "should" also work from a burnt CD. Just burn your ROMs and emulator to a CD-R and you should be able to run it from the disk. I've successfully used a Nintendo emulator from a mini-CD.
I thought about doing that, but I was going to install firefox, so there wouldn't be any browser proxies. Might try it... But my teacher has some software that allows him to see everybody's monitor at once, so it would be risky.
I've been searching for a good N64 Emulator for a while now, thanks! Check out for original USB Nintendo controllers.
this describes my entire networking and html classes in high school freshman year. great game choice to ssb is awesome
An Villain4 years ago
I think this might be illegal where I live.