N64 Homebrew

There are a lot of communities out there for developing homebrew games and game hacks for many different consoles like the NES and SNES, but not so much for the Nintendo 64. So this will be an ongoing project to get all of the development resources together to allow people to make great user-made ROMs for the Nintendo 64 and also a public showcase where I display mods of nintendo 64 games that are available to download and play.

Homebrew development

Here I’ll list up a log of all the tools I can find relating to making your own games, along with some easy to follow tutorials on how to use them. I’ll also link to some useful information and development documentation.

Nintendo 64 devkit & SDK

Develop games the same way that people did in the 90’s, from scratch (or almost scratch). You will have to be familiar with writing a lot of code in C and compiling it. Difficulty: Very hard.

Make games using the official Nintendo 64 SDK

Libdragon

Somewhat like the official SDK, I might try to merge these two sections. Difficulty: Hard.

For the time being you might want to have a look at the Dragonminded Libdragon on Github.

Banjo’s Backpack

Banjo’s backpack is a tool used to create your own Banjo Kazooie levels. Difficulty: Easy.

I won’t go into too much detail, but you can find out more at the Banjo’s Backpack website.

Hylian Toolbox

Hylian Toolbox is a set of programs that you can use to edit Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask content. Difficulty: Unknown.

[Link coming soon]

Homebrew gallery

This is a showcase of Nintendo 64 games that people have made over the years using various tools. Some will be ROMs, others will be patches that you can then apply to roms.

Hacks

A Hack is a homebrew game which is based on the code of another game, with some modifications to add new features, levels etc.

Original games

These are games that can be played on a N64 console or emulator, but are completely original and not based off of any previous N64 game.

Demos and Applications

These aren’t really games per se, but they are programs that can be run on a Nintendo 64. They tend to be scrolling text windows with a few images here or there, mostly to show off the technology.

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