EON Super 64 HDMI Adapter Review

(intense music) – [Mark] The Nintendo
64 is an absolutely amazing console for many reasons. It houses some of the most
beloved games of all time. Unfortunately, although N64s
aren’t too hard to find, the old-school CRT TVs that
provide a lag-free experience are now rather difficult to come by, and do you really want a chunky TV just for gaming on one console? That’s where the EON Super 64 comes in, as it allows you to play the
N64 on a modern TV lag-free, if you have the coin. For me, it’s worth every penny. As most gamers of a
certain age will remember, the Nintendo 64 shipped
with the connectors that were standard at the time, red, white, and yellow AV cables. But today, they’re a round
peg in a square hole. I personally own three TVs, none of which have these ports available. So without AV ports on a newer TV, you’ve been stuck keeping
an older TV around to play your N64. And unless that old TV is a bulky CRT, you’re likely to encounter
aspect ratio issues or notable input lag. This is the inconvenience
that the EON Super 64 hopes to address. And I’m happy to report that it actually solves it quite well. The tiny adaptor comes in
small stylized packaging, and once removed, plugs directly into the AV
port of your Nintendo 64. From there, you simply
plug a standard HDMI cable into the Super 64, which
converts the 480p signal for display on your HD or 4K television. There’s no extra power
cable or any other hassles. It really couldn’t be easier. If you don’t remember what
some of those older titles look like, you might be
in for a bit of a shock, especially on something
like a 55-inch 4K display. If you can’t get over
the fuzziness though, the Super 64 includes a handy
little button on the side that instantly smooths the images out. No menus, no restarting. While I wouldn’t say the differences completely blew me away, it’s
certainly an improvement. Graphics are great, but there’s something I favor
a little bit more than that. See, I’m a Mario 64 speed-runner. I’ve easily spent over 1,000
hours with Mario alone. So I know what that specific
game is supposed to feel like. And from the moment I was greeted with the game file select screen, I knew I was in good hands. The arrow pointer was
smooth and responsive, and in game, Mario
controlled like a dream. It took zero time to be able
to pull off precise tricks or handle any of Mario’s
more complex moves. While top, top Mario 64 speed-runners may opt to stick with a purist CRT setup, I can safely say, for
someone at my skill level, or anyone looking to start
speed-running an N64 game, the Super 64 is definitely
something you should look into. With all that said, there’s one drawback I
can’t help but emphasize, the price. The EON Super 64 will
set you back $150 US. Let’s do some quick math on what it would take to get you going. At Gamestop, you can get a refurbished N64 for around $80. Pair that with the $150 Super 64, nearly twice the amount
of the console itself, and you’re looking $230 before tax for the full setup with no
game and only one controller. That’s a little hard to swallow
for a retro-gaming setup. But it’s worth taking
certain things into account when justifying that purchase. Sure, CRTs are the ideal way to go, but they’re big, bulky, ugly, and hard to find and maintain. The Super 64 saves a lot of space, looks nice, clean, and modern, and could even end up saving
you money in the long run. The EON Super 64 pretty
much does everything right. If you’re looking for an
aesthetically pleasing and incredibly simple way to
enjoy the stellar N64 library in a manner that’s close enough to lagless to satisfy a speed-runner, the Super 64 is definitely
worth saving up for. The Slick Mode provides an
option for a cleaner image without completely
changing your old games, which is a welcome addition. And while the price tag may
have you second-guessing your actual need for this retro gear, I am personally excited
to give my dusty old N64 a place next to my PS4,
Xbox One, and Switch, knowing that enjoying
it is now just as easy as enjoying any console
from this generation. For more on retro games, check out our reviews of
the NES and SNES Classic. And of course, for everything else, make sure to keep it here on IGN.

100 thoughts on “EON Super 64 HDMI Adapter Review

  1. Not once did I ever play any of the golden-age games. So to me, backwards compatibility is unnecessary. But it must be a nice feeling for the retro gamers.

  2. Can anyone confirm if this will also work with snes and gcn since they share the same proprietary AV port?

  3. There’s a box for the GameCube that’s cheaper than this. It does the same thing. The box is called Armor 3 Am to HD. Wait sorry it’s a Nuscope converter box for 20 dollars and works with the n64. Look it up

  4. I still own the N64 that my parents bought before I was born with all the games I had included. Sure this is a little pricey, but it would definitely help if you have dying A/V like I do

  5. Price may seem high, but it’s difficult to sell a high volume of product for a specialty product. You need a higher profit margin when you’re not selling very many of the adapters.

  6. 150, ouch. I feel like there will a far cheaper generic composite to hdmi converter out there that isn't specific to the n64

  7. Dolphin supports Nintendo's own N64 emulator on the Wii in the form of .wad files in case anyone wants to save 150 bucks.

  8. I just want to play those N64 wrestling games again. WCW/NWO Revenge, Wrestlemania 2000 and WWF No Mercy. If i can just get my hands on those…..

  9. No analog input in your TV? Check again, almost every new TV comes with an little adapter for analog input. Its a bunch of short cables, on the one end a mini jack and on the other analog. On my new oled i even have an adapter for scart.

  10. It wont be lag free. Sure the output might be latency free, but the TV will still take about 40ms to draw the signal it recieves from a HDMI port. Some TVs have lower latency, but most dont, even in game mode.
    Also most new TVs still have Component, composite and scort ports, but are usually micro versions and budled with an adaptor.
    For me, this adaptor seems pointless

  11. I think you could just use those converters on ebay/amazon that cost £10/$15 that does the same thing – just a lot cheaper. I didn't have a big issue getting that to work with my N64.

  12. $150. That's prob what most neckbeards spend on chipotle and mountain dew in a week. I think the price is fine.

  13. Metal Jesus did a review and compared it to the retrotink which offers almost the same experience for 50 bucks less

  14. way too expensive…I'd like to hear the justification for the price especially since it is only slight improvement. there are much cheaper solutions that work just fine.

  15. You can get an N64 much cheaper than that. Just go on Facebook marketplace. As for the cost. $150 isn’t necessarily outlandish if you’re a collector and enthusiast who is willing to spend a little money to maximize the performance of your retro console. The issue lies in the performance you get for the price. You can get a N64 RGB modded for less than that. That’s going to have a better output. Or you can get other similar products with comparable performance to this for one third the price. I mean this is getting up there with products like the Framemeister that do a lot more. I see a price drop in the near future as they try to move product.

  16. At the end (4:19) he says it's a welcoming addition right next to my PS4, Xbox one and Nintendo switch. Well duh mark that's the problem… We don't have one. And not gonna spend $150 on that frikkin plug. (In India this would be about 150*70 rupees you do the math, go and ask your indian friend maybe they'll slap ya. 🙂

  17. To summarize: This review claims that an analog to HDMI video converter can operate lag-free (currently impossible), labels the N64 output as 480p (it was almost always 240p) and shows a Wii video cable when talking about N64 AV cables. Also missing is any analysis of what analog signals are being converted, presumably S-video. IGN needs to hire more knowledgeable people if they want to review these sorts of products, otherwise leave it to channels who do these reviews right, like My Life in Gaming and RetroRGB.

  18. I own 2 N64s: my xmas 1996 original and a model that's been modded to output RGB. This makes my unmodded N64 look really close to the modded one running through an HDMI upscaler. If you take into account the cost of the mod and upscaler, the price of the EON is less outlandish. It's well worth it to not have to tamper with hardware that's in finite supply. Would recommend.

  19. My eon 64 says resolution not supported change resolution on external device. Wtf do I do?

  20. But emulation exists… still not as cool as playing from the actual system, but it’s way cheeper and gives a similar experience

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