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Nintendo’s botched N64 emulation proves just how amazing fan emulators are

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Nintendo may have access to 25-year-old source code, documentation, and the developers who worked on classic games like Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, but none of those things guarantee Nintendo is actually good at emulating its own games. That sounds counter-intuitive, right? Nintendo made the N64; surely it should be able to whip up a way to run those old games on a new console in a snap. But this week’s messy launch of the new Switch Online Expansion Pack and its heavily criticized N64 emulation is a reminder that Nintendo isn’t the best steward of its own games, and never will be.

Even with its advantages, Nintendo will never be able to do in months—on a realistic time and development budget—what fans working…



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