NFT Platform Launches Classic Nintendo 64 Emulator on Bitcoin Blockchain Using BTC Ordinals

By The Daily Hodl February 23, 2024 In Bitcoin, NFTs

A non-fungible token (NFT) platform is launching a classic Nintendo emulator on Bitcoin (BTC) using BTC ordinals.

In a new announcement, NFT platform Pizza Ninjas says it has successfully launched an N64 emulator on the crypto king using ordinals, which inscribe data on satoshis, the smallest unit of BTC.

Emulators allow gamers to play video game consoles on other devices without needing to own or operate the console itself.

According to Pizza Ninjas, utilizing Google’s Brotli Compression method has allowed them to inscribe bigger and bigger items.


“Inscribing a larger system like N64 and its games is more realistically feasible than before. Brotli Compression allows for file size reductions around 80%. Take for example, the iconic Goldeneye 64. It’s 12.4 MB uncompressed, but with Brotli we can get it down to 3.15 MB!

This is enough to fit it inside 1 Bitcoin block (4 MB) or split across 8 transactions under 400 kb. And with network fees now the lowest we’ve seen since the start of Ordinals. Inscribing this at the current 15 sats/vbyte would only cost $6,000.

Totally reasonable for a community of gamers with a vested interest in seeing these classic games preserved forever.”

The Nintendo 64 was launched in 1996 and sold over 30 million units over its lifetime, according to data-tracking platform Statista.

In January, the classic first-person shooter Doom – which pits players against demons on Mars – was also inscribed on Dogecoin (DOGE) using “doginals,” the meme asset’s own version of BTC ordinals.

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