Fan-made software gives N64 games a massive visual overhaul

We don’t often talk about emulation or emulation-related topics here on GoNintendo, but every once in a while something pops up that’s just too interesting to ignore. Today happens to be one of those situations.

The video above shows a series of N64 games running alongside the RT64, a fan-made emulator plugin. This plugin takes N64 games and adds features like ray tracing, object motion blur, widescreen, DLSS and 60+ FPS. As you can see, this custom plugin visually works wonders for N64 games.

Dariosamo, the person behind this plugin, shared that all the games featured above use RT64, but it’s really a manual process. Dariosamo will create some lighting for these titles, and just using the plugin with N64 games won’t give them a bunch of visual bells and whistles. The results you see in the video above show what Dariosamo has personally put in place.

The most interesting thing about RT64 is that it interpolates the render commands sent by an N64 game without actually modifying the game. This is how it acts as a plugin, and the visual features implemented are achieved with standard copies of the games presented. This even allows games to run at 60fps when they were nowhere near that number in their original release.

Briana R. Cross