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UltraHLE. The best and worst nitendo 64 emulator at same time. Camed out directly with 1.0 release some years ago: perfect emulation on a lot of games (when other projects only ran with a couple of non commercial demos...), full of options, good sound and fantastic graphic (but only for voodoo owners because glide library is required. After few months good direct3d and open gl wrappers resolved the problem). This miracle was signed by an obscure man. His name "RealityMan", and he's the bad ogre of our story. UltraHLE was one of the most used emulator of the story, up to 20 millions of downloads in few week and out Man was acclamated as the best coded ever. After a few months of glory (and without REAL WORK!) RealityMan sent an e-mail to the best emulation site of the world (also mine: www.emuita.it). Millions of peope went out to his site, finding only banners, advertisment and nothing else. At the end, after at least one year of falsity (and billions of visit = a lot of banners = a lot of money for our Man) it was discovered that UltraHLE was not coded by RealityMan but by other members of the group (now working on CPS2SHOCK!) and he maded only the graphic layout, UltraHLE 2.0 was a fake (the screenshoot was made from real N64 and with photoshop) and it was simply an idea to make money...sad, really really SAD! 'til now RealityMan doesn't admit anything and "works" on his Nintendo 64 emulator "Mimix". Of course if you go on Mimix Home Page you'll find a lot of banner, some stupid screenshot and no code to download. Have I to say what I think? Ps this is the first opinion i write in English. (Hoping it is not so terrible...)
UltraHLE caused a stir when it came out - using 3Dfx's Glide API, it emulates the core parts of an N64 console. It's not an emulator in the strict sense of the term, as it doesn't emulate everything (HLE - High Level Emulator). This means some games won't work - the authors originally wrote it to work best with Mario 64, then other popular games such as Zelda. Sadly, Nintendo kicked up a fuss and development was stopped a couple of days after release, never to be resumed. Anyway, due to the emulator's dependence on Glide, you'll need a 3Dfx graphics card to run it. Yes, you could use a Glide wrapper to run it on anything else, but you'll get performance equivalent to molasses running through treacle - avoid. Assuming you've got the requisite hardware, games such as Mario 64 are completely playable (well, as playable as they can be with a keyboard). Graphics are smooth for the top games (even a P200 with an original Voodoo can play Mario reasonably well), although it seems Goldeneye wasn't on the developer's list of games, as that's *really* slow, even with a Vodooo 2 SLI rig on my 1.3GHz Athlon. Assuming you've been able to find a ROM image of your game (a real grey area), and the game's supported well, you'll be amazed - although having to fiddle around with a dozen keys to do things is a bit fiddly. You can run games at any resolution your card supports - in my case, up to 1024x768, which means the games look better than they do on the real N64. I've only noticed a couple of glitches (in games like Doom 64), but I'm told that you tend to get lots of glitches with Glide wrappers. In a way, it's sad that 3Dfx sold out - now that their cards are becoming outdated, it's unlikely that most people will bother with UltraHLE. If you *do* have a Voodoo of any sort, though, I'd highly recommend it!
First of all, The UltraHLE project is cancelled, so no further updates are planned. Doh! Okay, so Nintendo tried to ban it, but really, who cares? As long as you stick by the law and only download games you already own it's perfectly legal. At least, that's the theory. UltraHLE is renowned as the best N64 emulator currently available, so, do I agree? Well, yes and no. For the pre, it runs all old games at least as good as an N64, if not better. Popular games such as Mario 64 and Zelda run perfectly with no bugs. Controlling can be awkward without an analogue stick, but you get used to it in near to no time. The interface is very simple once you get the hang of it, and graphics do genuinly look better on a half decent monitor and a higher end 3D card. However, it does have it's flaws. While running older games perfectly, near to no new games such as Perfect Dark or even F-Zero will run at all, which means the games you can play are very restrictive and dated. Also, it requires a 3D card, meaning some people just won't physically be able to run the emulator no matter how good their machine is. However, the good things outweigh the bad. There is no doubt that for older games, this is the finest all rounder emulator you can get, and anyone who wishes to play more complex games could use other emulators such as Nemu 64, but I find that this one runs the majority of games too slowly. Eventhough it only plays more dated software, classic titles such as Mario 64 and Zelda work perfectly, and in some cases look better than on the actual machine. To round up, It's free, it's simple, it works. A fine emulator, even if it does not run some of the more modern games.
If you have a computer with a processor above 400mhz and if you have a good video card with 3D acceleration, this emulator will give you the real impression to play with NINTENDO64. It's the accuratest between emulator of this consolle, much better than other (see NEMU64), It has a good compatibility with games in sale and it's easily upgradable with the file "ultra.ini" that allows to support new games. I hope that they extend the list of recent games soon and they can adjust errors of some games that stop during emulation or don't start emulation at all.
I have of late been witness to some very malicious bullying going on under this dooyoo malarky . One of their 'Guru's' no less , plus girlfriend have been stalking the opinions of a very dear friend of mine (who is an extremely NICE person ) and taking it in turns to slate her opinions and thereby lower her ratings . These two little egotists of course only ever get 'very usefuls' themselves and by the ream . Well I am past being impressed by clones that masquerade as human beings and I am extremely unimpressed by little bullies that direct attacks against people who they just don't like the look of . Mr. Guru proudly states in his opinion 'As a hall of famer...' . Well Mr. Hall of Famer I graduated with an honours degree after being given firsts by a Labour MP in the current Government and you won't catch me with such a humungous head on my shoulders . Anyway , for all of the nice people that have said nice things about my opinions , I wish to say Thank you but I no longer wish to associate myself with dooyoo since the whole thing has such a potential for abuse by bullies . Ta ta all .
This software is not really all that good. Although the emulation scene is pretty good generally, people tend to be pretty helpful usually, the support for N64 emulation is usually a bit dodgy. If you have a graphics card that is not a Voodoo, forget these emulators for now. The only usable emulator is UltraHLE - and from its inital explosion onto the scene a few years ago it has never really been developed. Most of the work done has been through ini files and the like. The drivers for non Voodoo cards consist of something called a Glide Wrapper. This is a further level of emulation for your PC to deal with, and if you can get it working, your performance takes a serious hit. It means, essentially, that your PC is emulating a 3D graphics card which is emulating a N64. Even my PC, which is pretty quick with loads of memory and a decent PIII processor stuggled to emulate both on my ATI Rage Fury 32MB card. The ROMS are *reasonably* easy to find for anyone with a bit of nous - try google search engine as a start point. Im sure this emulator works very well with some of the earlier supported games on your Voodoo card, but for anyone without one of these (overrated) cards - forget it and stick to decent PC games. another thing to consider is the lack of the Nintendo pad. I feel the games lack something without a proper pad to play them on. Mario is a good example of this. Still. The download wont take long, give it a try!
The N64 is arguably the best budget console. It has decent graphics and very fun multiplayer options on many many games. It also boasts some of the most memorable games of the last five years, with 'Goldeneye', 'Mario 64' and more recently 'Perfect Dark' being the best examples. However, the best thing about the N64 is that the games are FUN, and can be played for 5 minutes to waste some time, or can be set up very quickly for some multiplayer gaming. This little piece of software (banned by Nintendo) makes it possible to download and play most N64 games on your own PC with little problem. The emulation is good enough to give decent frame rates on quite low end machines by todays standards, and most games work perfectly. The new vervion of the UltraHLE also gives good control and multiplayer options. All in all, a great (and free) way to play N64 games.
Personally, I think emulators were a bit useless until recently. No matter how complex the programmers made the program, there was STILL no scratch on going out and grabbing the REAL thing. Until the recent introduction of top quality 3D graphics and real-time sound to the emulator production, the only reason for emulators being out there was to ruin the manufacturers of what WERE damn good consoles. Unfortunately, UltraHLE falls into this category. The major problem with this emulator (and many others out there too) is that the ROMs take up a STUPID amount of space (up to 40-50 meg at times!), and take AGES to download off the internet (unless you know someone with a stupidly fast internet connection). At the time of release, UltraHLE was supposed to be the ONLY fully working N64 emulator out for the PC. I thought 'WOW!', until I downloaded it. Yes, the graphics may look good, but you need a DAMN good PC to operate this thing at any decent speed. Not even my K6-II 350, with a 3D card will make this thing run any faster than 14 fps. Not only is this a problem for playing the game, but unfortunately, the sound is in real-time. This means that the sound is abnormally ahead of the game. Not all ROMs will work, not all people have powerful enough PCs, and NOBODY wants to spend so long on the internet (racking up a phone bill), downloading a ROM that's over 10 meg, only to find out that it's naff. Compare it with a decent emulator, like Bleem! Yes, this may have its limitations too, but it's gonna get SO much farther in the emulator market than this bundle of junk. If you want my opinion, go out and buy an N64. You're far better off paying the price for higher quality games than you are wasting time trying to get a bunch of 0's and 1's down from the internet, only to find out that it's not gonna work. -------------------------------- Re
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This is from a Voodoo 3 owner. I have tried all the emulators. Nemu does not work well on Voodoo cards, Corn is not too good and TRWin, although getting better is not of a very high quality in the graphics department. UltraHLE on the other hand is outstanding... As long as you don't mind only being able to play a handful of games properly. The good thing is that the games it can run it runs flawlessly, better than a real N64. Now, I'm not condoning this, but I tried UltraHLE and was pleasantly surprised. I tried many games and it really only runs, SuperMario 64, Mario Kart, Goldeneye and Zelda64. It might run a few more quite well (I tried Starfox and it worked) but these are really the best and boy so they run well. On my K62 500 and Voodoo 3000 I was running all these in 1024 perfectly. They looked absolutely outstanding. I have to admit that Zelda 64 is probably THE best game I've ever played, on any system. It runs so well and looks great. There are glide wrappers if you don't own a Voodoo card, but you still need a reasonable hefty system to run them, and you have to get hold of the roms, which are difficult to find. I don't really think we will see an N64 emulator that runs everything, (like the SNES emulator), and if we do it won't be for a long time, but if you wanna try N64 emulation, this is the one to get if you have a Voodoo card. If not, try the others as well as they will probably run better. Or, you could just wait for the new UltraHLE, coming out soon...
The whole point of emulators are they take up alot of power for a small task as it isn't what the machine is designed to be used for. I'm not a freak who can do everything on computers but and donwload this and tried installing it and it really was very dificult. Eventually I found out it didin't accaept my graphics card(TNT). This was only achived after loads of e-mails. Even if you can get it to work unless you have ADSL or a cable moedem it will take years to download. And wouldn't goldeneye lose the great mutiplayer aspect if you all had to crowd around a Monitor