Monday, November 29th, 2021

The next module of Polymega brings support for the Nintendo 64

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Playmaji’s modular retro gaming platform Polymega gets support for the N64, we can reveal it exclusively.

The all-in-one console is finally in the hands of customers this year after a long delay, but soon we’ll get a new EM05 “Ultra” module with a controller designed by Retro-Bit. Its popular Tribute 64 pad. For those of you who don’t know, Polymega already supports the original NES, SNES, MegaDrive / Genesis and TG-16 / PC Engine games via the optional “Element Module”, and the base unit itself is a mega. You can play CD games for CDs. , Saturn, PlayStation, TG-16 / PC-Engine CD and NeoGeoCD.

It has also been confirmed that modern cloud streaming services will be supported in the future, and a digital storefront is under development that will allow publishers and IP owners to leverage Polymega’s vast internal database of titles.

We talked to Bryan Bernal, CEO and co-founder of Playmaji, about the new N64 module. And the future of Polymega is actually in the hands of the customer.


Nintendo Life: Why did you choose the N64 as your next polymega module?

Brian Bernal: This is because there was a request from the customer. Since the first four were announced, this is our most requested module and Polymega is a great fit to support it. Other than the original hardware, there are virtually no other options for legally playing the N64 library. Therefore, it is an obvious choice for us.

Is your N64 emulator based on an existing one or is it custom made?

I think Polymega will provide a real experience for players, as only a handful of games offered can’t give you a real experience.

As part of the licensing and development / co-development process, almost any game can be played without complicated configurations or user setups, and genuine cartridges and controllers can be connected to play without tedious plugins. increase. -Flipping, composition, etc. Therefore, when this module is released, it will adopt the best legal solution it can offer, while meeting the same minimum 90% compatibility requirements as CD BIOS solutions and other supported gaming systems. Details will be released a little later before the release.

Nintendo has recently been criticized for the N64 emulation standard on the Switch. Are you confident that your solution can provide a more authentic experience for your players?

Nintendo has the tools and resources to significantly improve emulation over time. Therefore, I think that the problems that currently exist at the start of the service will be improved in a future update. If they so desire, they could probably even perfect the N64 emulation. But to put it directly into your question, Polymega will provide you with a real experience, as only a handful of games offered can’t give you a real experience. The N64 has released nearly 400 games for the platform in all regions. Even if Nintendo tries to support all games in its service, it’s a daunting task and the platform may not be able to secure the rights to all N64 games for digital release. My guess is that it’s the most popular game, but 10-20% of the supported games can get 80-90% effect, so I don’t need the number of crunchers. ..

Polymega EM05 Ultra Module with Controller
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Can you provide 100% compatibility with all N64 games?

It’s unlikely that 100% of the game will be supported when the EM05 Ultra module goes on sale, but above at least 90% it works almost perfectly. The amount can increase over time.

Do you offer emulation options for this, such as high resolution mode?

Maybe. To be honest, we don’t particularly like the look of HD and it can lead to unintended bugs. That’s why other consoles supported by Polymega, such as Sega Saturn and PS1, don’t support HD. Instead, we’re focusing on virtual display filters that give the Jaggies a real look and make the jaggies much smoother to their original look. Polymega now has some of the best scanline effects available everywhere, as well as CRT-style curvature, greatly enhancing the effect. To be honest, you might think you’re looking at an arcade cabinet monitor while playing a game. So, in our opinion, how they are displayed and how they are played.

The Tribute64 is probably the best third-party N64 controller on the market today, and the new pack-in RC05 Ultra Retro controller is essentially a new “wired” version of the wireless Tribute64 controller.

Please tell us a little about the controller included in the module. What was it like to use Retro-Bit on top of that? Do you think N64 fans will be happy with it?

The Tribute64 is probably the best third-party N64 controller on the market today, and the new pack-in RC05 Ultra Retro controller is basically a new “wired” version of the wireless Tribute64 controller, and we’re styling it. increase. Also, our version of the controller has a “Select” button, which none of the N64 controllers have. This is to allow Polymega to play other systems using RC05.Make sure this translates well into the Sega Saturn analog controller experience-you can play something like this: Burning Rangers When Nights into Dreams So – and more. Retro-Bit is a great collaboration and I’ve met several times before this collaboration to discuss opportunities between teams, so I’m happy that this worked. future.

After a long wait, Polymega was finally released. What are your thoughts and feelings now in the hands of those who pre-ordered machines many years ago, and perhaps what are you to those who have lost confidence due to delays, order cancellations, lack of communication? Do you say? ??

It’s great to see it in the hands of many. It took a while, but it took me that much because I did it right and didn’t cut the corner. So now that you have it and you’re actually using it, you’ll quickly see that there’s something special about your system. You can also digitally archive your collection in an elegant, setup-free, game-compatible, aesthetically pleasing, addictive and fun way. It’s great to see your digital game collection grow in its signature polymega style, and you really can’t get it anywhere else. People say they feel it will last forever. Nothing can improve it.

Polymega EM05 Ultra Module Controller
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Polymega was released at a very difficult time for many gaming hardware companies. Even today, we can see the impact of the COVID-19 echo effect on the release of almost every console product scheduled for release from 2020 to 2021. .. The same problem happened to us, but earlier. Today, we had to survive the same storm before we could ship our products to our customers. I think the problem was exacerbated, especially in Myanmar, the country of manufacture of polymega base units, as we had to deal with political issues. I am grateful that I have recovered from the situation relatively unscathed and things are stable.

What kind of reaction or feedback did you receive from customers who currently own consoles?

The Polymega store is well under development and is of great interest to publishers and developers in this regard. In-house game development and publishing studios are also set up to create and publish exclusive original content at Polymega.

People absolutely love it. We would like to thank you for creating the system by sending many positive and encouraging emails via our web contact form. So far, I don’t think any units have been returned. We currently ship thousands of systems and modules. There are some problems with the CD drive, but the majority of customers are enjoying the system without any problems.

You have supported Polymega with several system updates in 2021. Can you expect more features to be added to your system over time?

Yes, Polymega’s pinnacle is our system software, and we look forward to continuing to improve it not only at launch, but in the foreseeable future. We are always thinking of cool new features to bring into future updates.

Are you still planning to launch a digital store on the console? Has this been a lot of support and interest from publishers and developers?

Is the correct answer. The Polymega store is well under development and is of great interest to publishers and developers in this regard. In-house game development and publishing studios are also set up to create and publish exclusive original content at Polymega.

Are there any plans for more modules after the N64 module?

Yes, there are several other modules and products currently under development that are not yet ready for announcement. Some of these new modules do not correlate directly with the game console (NES, SNES, etc.), but improve the gameplay experience with Polymega. We are currently focused on improving Polymega availability and fulfilling pre-orders, so we are not yet fully prepared for discussion.


Thank you for taking Brian’s time. You can find a review of Polymega here. the system, Polymega site..