How to Convert N64 to GCM

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Converting a .N64 file to .GCM requires patience and an understanding of ROM and emulation software.

A .GCM file is a digital image of a Nintendo GameCube game. It's often used in collaboration with an emulator to recreate the experience of playing the console on a different medium, usually a computer. A .N64 file is a digital image of a Nintendo 64 game, and is used for the same purpose. As video games are most often read-only memory -- or ROM -- both .GCM and .N64 are types of ROM images. Converting a .N64 ROM into a .GCM ROM allows a user to play a Nintendo 64 game on a GameCube emulator. There are three methods to convert a .N64 ROM into a .GCM ROM.

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Paradox GC-Tool Method

Step 1

Download or obtain the .N64 file you would like to convert.

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Step 2

Download or obtain a .GCM digital image of "Zelda: Ocarina of Time" for the GameCube.

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Step 3

Download and install Paradox GC-Tool. Open the program.

Step 4

Click "File" and then click "Open GC-Iso." Select the "Zelda: Ocarina of Time" .GCM file and then click "Open."

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Step 5

Replace the file "Zelda2p.n64" with the .N64 file you would like to convert. You will be prompted to change the file size. Ignore this prompt by clicking "No."

Step 6

Use a GameCube emulator to boot the newly altered "Zelda: Ocarina of Time" .GCM file, which has now been injected with the .N64 file you selected. This allows you to play the N64 game on the GameCube emulator.

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Cubesoft Phoenix Method

Step 1

Download or obtain the .N64 file you would like to convert.

Step 2

Download and install Cubesoft Phoenix. Open the program.

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Step 3

Click on the "Loaders" tab. Select "Load a Nintendo 64 ROM file."

Step 4

Under "Image Loading," click on the button marked "…" and then select the .N64 file you would like to convert. Click "Open."

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Step 5

Under "Image Loading," click on the button marked "Load." Cubesoft Phoenix has a built-in N64 loader function. As a result, your .N64 file will boot successfully, despite being played on software designed for the GameCube.

GCM N64 ROMS Injector Method

Step 1

Download or obtain the .N64 file you would like to convert. Download or obtain a .GCM digital image of "Zelda: Ocarina of Time" for the GameCube.

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Step 2

Download and install GCM N64 ROMS Injector. Open the program.

Step 3

Click on the button with the picture of a folder on it, under the section "Experience GCM Image Emulator V2.0." Select the "Zelda: Ocarina of Time" .GCM file, and click "Open."

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Step 4

Click on the button with the picture of a folder on it, under the section "ROM to Inject." Select the .N64 file you would like to convert, and click "Open."

Step 5

Click "Inject." Use a GameCube emulator to boot the newly altered "Zelda: Ocarina of Time" .GCM file, which has now been injected with the .N64 file you selected. This allows you to play the N64 game on the GameCube emulator.

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