Here’s how to install Nintendo 64 Emulator & play N64 games on iPhone – works with the latest iOS | N64 Emulator for iOS

Although the console was always overshadowed by Sony first PlayStation, but there are plenty of great games born from Nintendo 3rd home gaming console – The Nintendo 64 or N64 in short. In fact, N64 was the first console to embed 4 players controller ports into its console and had been in many family room or dorm room, where people were playing their N64 favorite games 4-players. What a sweet memories that was! Now for you who has grown up and would like to bring back those sweet memories and doesn’t have the N64 console anymore with you, but an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, here’s how you can relieve back those sweet memories of yours playing N64. Oh, for new players also do welcome.

For N64 game recommendation, have a look at this: Best multiplayer Nintendo 64 games which you can play 2 player or more together at JILAXZONE.

Before proceeding, I would like to remind you this:

All the steps mentioned here are all for educational purposes only.
Please DO RESPECT the Console Maker, Game makers, Developers, Publishers by always buying and playing the originals on their original systems. Without you supporting them, there won’t be any good and great systems and games in the coming future.
  • This tutorial detailed the steps to install N64 emulator – to enable you to play N64 games on your iPhone running on latest iOS.
  • No jailbreak nor any forms of subscriptions is required.
  • This tutorial though intended for iPhone, but all the steps provided here works and applicable for iPad as well as iPod Touch.
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Meet Delta Emulator – One of the best N64 Emulator for iPhone

There are few N64 emulators that run on iPhone, but Delta emulator is one of the best emulator out there that emulates N64 games perfectly. As of when this article is written, Delta emulator supports Nintendo / Famicom (in short: NES), Super Nintendo / Super Famicom (in short: SNES), Nintendo 64 (in short: N64), Game Boy (in short: GB), Game Boy Color (in short: GBC), Game Boy Advance (in short: GBA), Nintendo DS (in short: NDS). However, since Delta emulator is not released officially on the Apple App Store, installing Delta emulator on the iPhone can be a challenge to some of us. In this article, I walk you through how you can install Delta emulator on your iPhone, so that you can play N64 games (and as a bonus, other Nintendo console games I mentioned on the list as well). Although the steps written on this article seem lengthy and complicated to do, but I can assure you that they are not difficult to be done. They are lengthy because I need to ensure whoever reading it and following it, they can successfully installed it and play the games.

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Delta Emulator showing Mario Kart 64 and Pokémon Fire Red Version. Image courtesy of brumpost.com.

For other Delta emulator related articles (such as updating Delta to the latest version and troubleshooting issues on Delta emulator), go and find here: Other Delta Emulator topics at JILAXZONE.


Steps overview

These are the high level steps available on this article. While I fully recommend the steps to be done in sequence as shown below, but feel free to jump around to section that interest you.

1) Prerequisites: Things you need to prepare.
2) Steps to install N64 Delta Emulator on latest iOS: Full detail steps to get N64 Delta Emulator installed.
3) Important things to note for N64 Delta Emulator: What you can and can’t do with N64 Delta Emulator.
4) Controller Recommendation: Controller you can use on your iPhone.
5) Other retro game emulators available on iPhone (and iPad and iPod Touch): In case you need other emulators available on iPhone and other iOS / iPadOS devices.


Prerequisites

These are the things you need to prepare to before being able to run N64 Delta Emulator and play N64 games on it. If there are certain things you don’t have / don’t know yet, don’t worry, as part of the installation and configuration steps, all the download links and how to create / configured them are shared in details.

#Item requiredDescription
aiPhone or iPad or iPod TouchThe main show.
bApple IDRequired to install N64 Delta Emulator.
cApple FREE Developer accountRequired to install N64 Delta Emulator. Details on section below.
dComputer (either a Mac or PC)Required to install AltServer and to transfer games into N64 Delta Emulator on your iPhone.
eiTunesRequired to be installed on your Computer to install N64 Delta Emulator to your iPhone and to transfer N64 games to your iPhone.
fAltServer & AltStoreRequired to install N64 Delta Emulator. Details on section below.
eLightning cableRequired during N64 Delta Emulator installation and to transfer N64 games to your iPhone.

Steps to install N64 Delta Emulator on latest iOS

The steps written here are tested on:

a) Latest iOS – at the time this article is written is iOS 15.0 and using the iPhone that I currently have – iPhone XR. In case you are interested, check out here on tips around the latest iOS: iOS 15 Tips and Tricks at JILAXZONE.

b) Latest Windows – at the time this article is written is Windows 11 Pro Preview Build 22458.rs_prerelease. In you are also using Windows and would like to install Windows 11 for free, check the link here to get them installed: Getting Windows 11 and installing on your Computer at JILAXZONE.

Should you are using different version of iOS or iPadOS and / or different computer OS (such as Linux / Mac), the steps may be slightly different but should not deviate too much. Anyway, in case you have questions / issues, feel free to put them down on the comment section down below, I’ll be more than happy to help you.

Some of the steps mentioned here you can skip them if you have done it before. In summary, here they are.

1) Install iTunes on Computer.
2) Register for Apple FREE Developer Account.
3) Generate App Specific Password.
4) Install AltStore to Computer.
5) Connect your iPhone.
6) Install AltStore to iPhone.
7) Install N64 Delta Emulator to iPhone.
8) Run N64 Delta Emulator on iPhone.
9) Transfer N64 games into N64 Delta Emulator.
10) Add the games to N64 Delta Emulator.
11) Start the game.


Step 1) to Step 6) Read here.

For details of step 1) to step 6) – including all download links, I have detailed and provided them here on this link: Complete guide how to sideload apps/games into iPhone/iPad without jailbreak at JILAXZONE. You need about 15-30 minutes, depends on your internet connection to complete everything – since mostly are either downloading software or registering account.

Once you have done all the first 6 steps, then continue on subsequent steps below.


Step 7) Install N64 Delta Emulator to iPhone.

Prerequisites:
Before proceeding to the steps below, ensure you have done Step 1) until Step 6) and ensure you have AltServer running on your Computer and your iPhone plugged in to the same Computer that AltServer is running.

With iPhone connected to your computer with AltServer running, follow these steps:

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AltStore app

Step 7a) Run AltStore app.

Step 7b) Inside AltStore, go to Browse tab.

Step 7c) Look for “Delta” and tap on “FREE” to install Delta.

Step 7d) When prompted, key-in your Apple ID and password – this is required for code signing.

The Delta emulator should now in-progress installing to your iPhone, you just need to wait until it finished installing. Once finished installing, the “FREE” button will then change to “OPEN”.

Just to be sure, you can go back to your iPhone Home screen and check whether you can see “Delta” app icon on the Home screen. If you can see “Delta” app on your Home screen, that means you have successfully installed it. Congrats! At this point, you can safely remove your iPhone from your computer.


Step 8) Run N64 Delta Emulator on iPhone.

Running N64 Delta Emulator on iPhone is as simple as tapping the “Delta” icon. If this is your first time opening Delta, you won’t see any N64 games nor any other Nintendo games on it. You need to get your own games for it. See the next step.


Step 9) Transfer N64 games into N64 Delta Emulator.

The steps here are applicable to add N64 games (and other Nintendo compatible game console games) into your iPhone.

Due to legal reasons, I won’t detailed here on how you can get your hands on the games but Google is your best friend to find out how you can extract your own N64 games.

I would like to remind you this:
Please DO RESPECT the Console Maker, Game makers, Developers, Publishers by always buying and playing the originals on their original systems. Without you supporting them, there won’t be any good and great systems and games in the coming future.

Once you get your hands on N64 games (they are either in .z64 or .n64 format typically), you can use iTunes to transfer those games into your iPhone. Here’s how to transfer N64 games into Delta Emulator:

Step 9a) Plug your iPhone to your Computer.

Step 9b) On your Computer, open iTunes. On iTunes screen, click on your iPhone icon located on top section to show your iPhone details.

Step 9c) On iPhone detail screen inside iTunes, on the left side of the iTunes screen, click on “File Sharing”.

Step 9d) On File Sharing section, click on “Delta”. Click “Add File…” to add the game. If you can’t find the “Add File…” button, scroll the iTunes File Sharing screen a little bit down.

Step 9e) Locate your N64 games to add and then click on “Add”

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Transferring games via iTunes (shown on screen is not Delta, but Flycast – Dreamcat emulator for iOS)

Step 9f) Once finished transferring the game, click on “Done” button, then click on “Eject” button to safely remove your iPhone from your Computer.


Step 10) Add the games to N64 Delta Emulator.

Once the games are transferred, do the following steps to add the games into Delta Emulator:

Step 10a) On your iPhone, go to Files app.

Step 10b) Inside Files app, navigate to On my iPhone > Delta. You should see the N64 games you have transferred from previous steps.

Step 10c) For each of the N64 games you have inside the folder, tap on the N64 game file.

Step 10d) Your N64 game will be added in directly into Delta Emulator (and the Delta emulator pops-up opened). Repeat step 10c) for the rest of your N64 games.

Once done adding, you can safely close Files app.


Step 11) Start the game.

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Congratulations! You got a Grand Star!

This is the moment you have been waiting for! Once you have transferred and added in your N64 game(s) into Delta Emulator, on your iPhone do the following to start the game:

Step 11a) On your iPhone Home screen, tap “Delta” app to start Delta Emulator.

Step 11b) Scroll to the left / right, to find the “N64” tab where you can see all of your N64 games you have added in. Tap on any of the game to start playing.

Enjoy the game!



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Important things to note for N64 Delta Emulator

Congratulations! Since you have come this far, I believe you should already have managed to run Delta Emulator and play the games on it. You can continue playing your favorite games on Delta Emulator on your iPhone as long as:


Controller Recommendation

Playing retro games is always better with controller!

While you can always use the touchscreen of the iPhone to play the games, but for greater fun and enjoyment, I would recommend you to play the games with the Controller using physical buttons – so the experience is (almost) the same like the original. Just in case you need recommendation, here they are. I am personally using Nimbus and DualShock 4 to play the games.

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Game controllers – which side are you on? Image courtesy of Final Weapon (https://finalweapon.net)
Razer KishiBest telescopic controller for iPhone. It comes with Lightning connector for passthrough charging as well as better low-latency gaming.

In case you need it:
Get Razer Kishi for iPhone on Amazon
SteelSeries Nimbus+For playing iOS games. I like it because it’s MFi certified – Made for iOS, any controller-compatible games will for sure run with this controller.

In case you need it:
Get SteelSeries Nimbus+ on Amazon
Get Nimbus iPhone clipper on AliExpress.
Xbox Series X|S Wireless ControllerGreat controller from Xbox compatible with your Xbox (of course!) as well as Windows PC, Android and iOS, recommended for those with big hands.

Read here for pairing Xbox Series X|S Controller with your iPhone at JILAXZONE.

In case you need it:
Get Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller on Amazon
PS5 DualSenseAwesome controller from PlayStation compatible with your PS5 (of course!) as well as Android and iOS, recommended for those with smaller hands.

Read here for pairing PS5 DualSense Controller with your iPhone at JILAXZONE.

In case you need it:
Get PS5 DualSense on Amazon
PS4 DualShockWhile DualSense is the latest PlayStation controller, but doesn’t mean DualShock 4 is bad. DualShock 4 is indeed one of the cheaper alternative to get into gaming on your Android and iOS, recommended for those with smaller hands.

In case you need it:
Get PS4 DualShock 4 on Amazon
Get PS4 DualShock 4 on AliExpress
Xbox One Wireless ControllerThis is the previous generation of Xbox Controller. Although previous generation, it’s still a great controller to use with your Xbox One (of course!) as well as Windows PC, Android and iOS. This controller is recommended for those with big hands. The main controller appeal is the fact that it’s much cheaper than the Xbox Series X|S wireless controller.

In case you need it:
Get Xbox One Controller on Amazon
Get Xbox One Controller on AliExpress

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Other retro game emulators available on iPhone (and iPad and iPod Touch)

These are other retro game emulators available on iPhone, none of them requires jailbreak.

EmulatorDescriptionInstallation guide Link
CEMUNintendo Wii U emulator, workaround for iOSCEMU workaround for iOS at JILAXZONE
DeltaMultiple Nintendo console emulator for iOSDelta for iOS at JILAXZONE
DolphiniOSNintendo Wii & Nintendo GameCube emulator for iOSDolphiniOS for iOS at JILAXZONE
eNGEPS1 emulator for iOSeNGE for iOS at JILAXZONE
FlycastSEGA Dreamcast emulator for iOSFlycast for iOS at JILAXZONE
iNDSNDS emulator for iOSiNDS for iOS at JILAXZONE
Play!PS2 emulator for iOSPlay! for iOS at JILAXZONE
PPSSPPPSP emulator for iOSPPSSPP for iOS at JILAXZONE
ProvenanceMultiple game console emulator for iOSProvenance for iOS at JILAXZONE
RetroArchMultiple game console emulator for iOSRetroArch for iOS at JILAXZONE
RetroGameBotMultiple game console emulator runs on Safari for iOSRetroGamesBot for iOS at JILAXZONE
YuzuNintendo Switch emulator, workaround for iOSYuzu workaround for iOS at JILAXZONE

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