Nintendo 64

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 options.

 

Which RGB mod for each model N64?

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 Amp

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.

UltraHDMI

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!

"De-Blur" mods

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 software.



S-Video:

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:

MaxWar's S-Video Cable

GamesNow's Fully Shielded S-Video Cable

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 out:  http://s9.zetaboards.com/Nintendo_64_Forever/topic/7363768/1/

 

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 retro-awesomeness.