Latest Switch software update improves N64 emulation – Eurogamer.net
There are still a lot of problems, beware.
Nintendo may have worked to improve the recently launched emulation system on Nintendo Switch.
The emulation became widely available with the launch of the Nintendo Switch Online+ expansion pack last year, although subscribers to the £35 per year catalog reported a number of general issues at launch, including lags and low frame rates.
A few games also have more specific issues, including Mario Kart 64, Sin and Punishment, and Mario 64. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time also had some strange issues, including graphical glitches that prevented the game from rendering fog correctly.
Although the fog is still unfortunately missing, it seems that another issue with the Water Temple room has been improved, if not yet fully resolved.
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It looks like the water in the now infamous Water Temple room has been fixed in the latest update? I think the fog is still missing, though.
I haven’t checked the rest of the game to see if any of the other issues have changed, but it’s promising. pic.twitter.com/wcoG3hIxu2
— OatmealDome (@OatmealDome) January 21, 2022
As spotted by VGC, dataminer LuigiBlood don’t think the ROMs themselves have been updated, suggesting that it’s the emulation software itself that may have been modified in the background. Unfortunately, there seems to be still a lot of improvements to do before Nintendo’s emulation issues were fully fixed.
Nintendo’s Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription is now available, including a selection of N64 classics. It also includes access to the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise expansion when it arrives November 5. A 12-month subscription costs £35/$50 for an individual subscription or £60/$80 for the family option, supporting up to eight accounts.
Classic Nintendo 64 games available in the subscription price include Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Lylat Wars, Sin and Punishment, Dr. Mario 64, Mario Tennis 64, Operation: WinBack, Yoshi’s Story and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, of course.