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Best way to enjoy the N64 on HDTV
Topic Started: Jan 16 2014, 12:29 PM (61,385 Views)
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Here in the U.S. all the cool kids use S-Video. :)
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The biggest obstacle facing the N64 hardware going forward is the fact that standard definition televisions are now defunct. People can continue to enjoy the software via emulation but the days of playing N64 games on an actual Nintendo 64 may very well be drawing to a close.
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The only downsides to CRT's is that they're usually pretty heavy and they use more energy than LCD's.

Every so often I stumble across someone who has a HDTV that does a good job with the N64's low-res image but when I ask for the make and model number I rarely get a reply.
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I've always thought that we should petition one of the large television manufacturers to produce an HDTV with a built-in upscaler for legacy consoles like the N64. What do you guys think?
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Jan 17 2014, 09:42 PM
I've never actually tried hooking up my N64 to my pioneer plasma. It supports s-video so it might be worth a shot. Anyone had any luck with plasmas?
Yes, my mother-in-law has a 50 inch Samsung plasma and the N64 looked much better on it than it does on my 40 inch Sharp Aquos.

I own a 32 inch Panasonic Viera LCD and the N64 looks pretty good on it when I use S-Video. I have to do some fiddling with the settings to get a respectable picture but it's not a bad alternative to a CRT TV.
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I'm lucky enough to have a 20 inch CRT TV in my bonus room for my legacy game consoles like the SNES and N64.

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If I didn't, however, I probably wouldn't spend a fortune for an upscaler but would instead dedicate a PC to run emulated games on an HDTV. It just makes more sense to do that and provides the added benefit of allowing some games like Super Smash Bros.(N64) to be played on-line against others.

BTW, here's my gaming setup that allows me to play the Wii Virtual Console versions of my favorite N64 software on a HDTV in progressive scan.

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