The N64 did not support RGB-output
natively, however all versions can be modified for RGB, as well as HDMI! Please see below for all
Which RGB mod for each model
This page shows you the different RGB mod options available and which will work
with each N64 revision.
N64 RGB Cable & Sync Information
This page shows which RGB cable to use with your RGB-modded N64. It also shows
how to get csync from the console.
N64 Basic RGB Mod - Pre-Made
This page shows how to perform the RGB mod on compatible NTSC systems, using a
pre-made RGB amp that uses the THS7314 chip.
N64 Basic RGB Mod - DIY Amp
This page shows how to perform the RGB mod on compatible NTSC systems, using the
THS7314 RGB amp. This mod outputs the same video quality as the pre-made amp, however it requires
you to assemble your own circuit.
This page is a review and installation reference for the UltraHDMI upgrade for
the N64. It allows 480p to 1080p output from an N64 with little to no lag!
Many N64 games have a "blurry" look to them, due to the way Nintendo designed the
console. Luckily, people have discovered ways to remove some of the filters using both hardware and
All NTSC N64's output S-Video without a modification (most PAL consoles have
issues with S-Video and some don't work at all). While S-Video isn't as good as RGB, it's a huge step up
over composite video. I've tried two cables and both were good quality:
GamesNow's Fully Shielded S-Video
Also, some versions of the N64 output much better Composite and
S-Video than others. This doesn't effect RGB at all, but if you're using S-Video, it's worth checking
Summary / Other Info:
- Some N64 expansion pack games output in 480i, instead of 240p. This
might cause issues with certain scalers that drop out when switching resolutions. Also, scanlines will
look different in 480i and you'll see some "interlaced flicker". For these reasons, when possible, I
don't recommend using 480i, which is sometimes called "high resolution mode" in those games. More
information on 240p and 480i can be found here: http://www.retrorgb.com/240p.html
- N64 RGB mods have come a long way and (in my opinion) are really worth
doing. Even if you're not comfortable modding yourself, just check each page for links to trusted mod
shops that can do it for you.
- If you'd prefer to play your N64 on flat-screen TV's, seriously consider the
UltraHDMI as a solution.
If you'd like info on mods for other systems, head to the Getting RGB From Each System
page or check out the main page for more