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N64Digital accessory claims to offer lag-free 1080p for N64 games

Still foggy, but not blurry

The N64 may not have had the prettiest games, but they can certainly look a bit better when you up the resolution. The N64 itself lacks any options for a true bump in resolution, but the N64Digital HDMI upscaler should do the trick.

The company behind the device says the N64Digital will come out in April 2021, and it'll offer N64 fans the following.

- Digital lag-free HDMI output up to 1080p
- Analog RGB/YPbPR through multi-out
- Simple firmware update procedure via WiFi
- Video Filters: Deblur/Scalines/Smoothing

If you want to see some more visual examples of what the N64Digital can do, check out the official site here.

Full playthrough of the cancelled 2007 Xbox Live Arcade remake of GoldenEye surfaces

Building a Bond

At one point in time, RARE's N64 classic GoldenEye was getting a full-on remake. Then, because of business dealings and other behind-the-scenes negotiations, the project was dead in the water. The sad part is that the project itself was nearing completion. While it may have never seen a public release, those who work to preserve game history have come upon a content-complete build of the game.

If you want to see what the revamp would have looked like, you can't get any better than the video above. It's a full run-through of the game, showcasing all the missions you know and love. What a shame this one never made it to market.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

New cheat code discovered in Donkey Kong 64 over 20 years after its release

A RARE find!

Even thought Donkey Kong 64 came out over 20 years ago, people are still poking around in the game to see what they can find. This has led to the discovery of a never-before-seen cheat code.

The code allows players to gain access to a level with a lower level of Golden Bananas than normally required. Here are the lowered numbers after the code is entered.

Angry Aztec – 3 Golden Bananas (Diddy)
Frantic Factory – 10 Golden Bananas (Tiny)
Gloomy Galleon – 20 Golden Bananas (Lanky)
Fungi Forest – 35 Golden Bananas (Chunky)
Crystal Caves – 50 Golden Bananas (DK)
Creepy Castle – 65 Golden Bananas (Lanky)

You can see the code in action via the video above. If you want to see the step-by-step process on how to try the code for yourself, you can read the full details here.

RARE's Stop 'N' Swop feature was also planned for Donkey Kong 64, but was removed due to technical issues

Too RARE of an idea

RARE fans will no doubt remember the much-trumpeted Stop 'N' Swop feature from Banjo-Kazooie. The original plan was for the feature to be used in Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie in order to unlock new content between the games. Unfortunately, Nintendo squashed the idea before Banjo-Tooie came out, as the method to activate it was deemed too volatile.

RARE still had plans to include the Stop 'N' Swop feature in other games as well, including Donkey Kong 64. RARE actually sent out details to Nintendo on the feature, and Nintendo responded with a letter explaining why the idea wasn't really feasible. Nintendo found that it could cause problems with hardware, and wouldn't even work with all versions of the N64.

Nintendo also recommended that RARE find another way to make these features work, such as passwords that could be shared between games. RARE obviously didn't follow through with that idea, leaving Banjo-Kazooie's content and other plans for Stop 'N' Swop left to die.

1997 beta build of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time discovered

A Nintendo time capsule!

Well here's a super interesting discovery! Some fans have stumbled upon an F-Zero X developer cartridge, and tucked away inside was a 1997 beta build of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. As you might expect, the build is filled with all sorts of content that didn't make its way into the final game. Graphical changes, text tweaks, different fonts, and so much more! You can see some of the discoveries in the video above, and keep track of all the discoveries here.

GoldenEye 007 mod adds in Mario and Peach's Castle from Super Mario 64

ToMario never dies

Super Mario 64 and GoldenEye are two of the most iconic games from the N64, and both are looked back on quite fondly. Feeling nostalgic for these games? Why not play both of them at once?! It's possible, thanks to a mod from StupidMarioBros1Fan.

StupidMarioBros1Fan took GoldenEye 007 and completely reworked it to make Mario the star. In the video above, you can see Mario taking on the role of Bond as he works his way through Peach's Castle from Super Mario 64.

Arcade1up reveals cabinet with Killer Instinct 1 and 2, Battletoads, and Battletoads & Double Dragon

Pretty much irresistible for retro Nintendo fans

While Nintendo and RARE split long ago, the history between the two will live on forever. To this day, we still see reasons to remember RARE, like new Donkey Kong Country games, and the inclusion of Banjo and Kazooie in Smash Bros. Ultimate. For those who love to relive the RARE nostalgia, another fantastic option is on the way.

Arcade1up has revealed a slew of new cabinets, and one of them is a RARE fan's dream come true. This cabinet is decorated with Killer Instinct art, but there's more hiding in there than that. Packed inside is Killer Instinct 1 and 2, the arcade version of Battletoads, and Battletoads & Double Dragon. All classic titles/franchises that fans of the NES, SNES, and N64 will remember quite fondly. It even includes online multiplayer!

We don't have info on pricing or release date just yet, but we'll be sure to bring you those details when they become available.

Check out the launch trailer for Wrestling Empire

64-style goodness on Switch

Wrestling Empire came to Switch a few days back, and it's unabashedly N64 in every way possible. This game is squarely aimed at those who spent countless hours playing wrestling games on the N64. Fans of the genre consider those N64 games to be the gold standard for wrestling games, which makes something like Wrestling Empire instantly appealing. It certainly has the look for those games, that's for sure!

Check out the launch trailer for Wrestling Empire above, and then read a bit more about the game below to see if it's for you.

Recalling the genre's 64-bit heyday, this is wrestling that puts the fun first - filling the ring with as many wrestlers as you can handle and letting them loose with freestyle animation where anything could happen at any moment. Design matches before your very eyes with the intuitive setup process, and tag in up to 4 controllers at ANY time for old school multiplayer!

Console modder makes the smallest, most portable N64 yet

Pocket power

There have been plenty of projects that aimed to make the N64 portable, and some of them have been rather successful in achieving their goal. That said, the latest iteration from GManModz takes the cake. It's definitely the smallest N64 yet, making it extremely portable. Equally impressive, it uses an actual N64 motherboard, and it takes regular cartridges! This sucker is a modern marvel!

Did You Know Gaming - The Worst N64 Games

Looking at you, Superman

We take a look at some of the worst reviewed N64 games ever; not to mock them, but to shed light on the struggles their developers faced during production.

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