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RetroTime BlueRetro Adapter Adapter for Nintendo 64 Overview

RetroTime BlueRetro Adapter Adapter for Nintendo 64 Overview

Kris Randazzo
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Do you want to use modern bluetooth controllers on your Nintendo 64? With the RetroTime BlueRetro Bluetooth adapter from 8BitMods, you can do just that! Here's our overview.

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RetroTime N64 BlueRetro with Memory Pak for Nintendo 64

RetroTime N64 BlueRetro with Memory Pak for Nintendo 64


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Transcript of the video: 

Hi there. Kris from Stone Age Gamer here. Now, I don't think anyone's going to argue that the Nintendo 64 controller, whether you like it or not, is a bit on the strange side. Wouldn't it be great if you could use modern Bluetooth controllers, your controller of choice on the Nintendo 64? Well, it turns out you can. With this. This is the retro time N64 blueretro adapter from 8BitMods. And this little guy here plugs into your N64 controller port can give you rumble feedback, work as a memory card and lets you use whatever bluetooth wireless controller tickles your fancy. Let's take a look.  

[00:00:38] Okay, well, here it is. This is the retro time N64 blueretro adapter for Nintendo 64. And this is a little box that it comes in. This is from 8BitMods. It's a really nice, nice little box here. It's nicely built, nicely put together. Let's see what's inside. I already already cut the cut the corner there to save time for the video. And here we go. We've got a bag and it looks like instructions, so. Right, Yeah. There's the instruction manual. This is going to teach us how to synchronize it. This one actually, to get some of its functionality. We are going to need to connect it to my computer here, which we will go over in a little bit. And here is the actual thing itself, the dongle itself in this wonderful little plastic bag here. We will go ahead and take it out and take a nice look at that. There it is, 64 retro time written right there on it. Oh, it's a pretty nice device. It feels like an N64 accessory, to be perfectly honest. This this is feels 100% legit. This is not 3D printed or anything like that. It is quite lovely. There's a little button for synchronizing and that's really it's not a very complicated looking piece of machinery here, but it does lots of cool stuff. So let's go ahead and plug it into an N64 and see what happens. 

[00:01:56] Okay, So what we're going to do is we're going to try pairing this fellow right here to my Nintendo Switch pro controller right here. All we're going to do is we're going to follow the instructions. We've got the N64 powered off. I'm going to plug this in right in here and then we're going to turn it on. And a light should come on. The way that the light has come on, it is green. And now the next step would be to take the blueretro Bluetooth controller and put it in pairing mode. So I'm going to go ahead and do that by pressing this button up here. And it seems to be doing something. Oh, look at that. It is actually part of just press start. Let's see how the BlueRetro works in action. Okay. So the first thing I wanted to test was how this thing reconnects, right? So this little fella here, we just synchronized it a second ago. Then I turned it off because I don't really want to test. I have Mortal Kombat trilogy in there. I don't want that to be my first test. I thought something more straightforward, like Mario, 64, Be a good bet. So let's see how well this remembers. I just turn the system off. Let's see how quickly I can re synchronize it with this controller.  

Unidentified: [00:03:12] And on we go. Wow. That's actually even faster than synchronizing with the darn switch. That's hysterical. All right. Well, let's see exactly what this thing does. I have to assume this is going to work pretty similar to using this all the Nintendo Switch online N64 game. But I don't know if you can tell there is nothing in the way of lag here. Just going to look at this file. Let's see what's cookin here. He walks around just fine. Slow. Walk, faster. Walk. Yep. All the analog is working like a chance. And let's see. I have to assume these are going to be. Yeah. So the C buttons are assigned to the the right analog stack. So that's. That's pretty cool. And I guess for individual games, you would want to remap the controls. Like if I were to play Mortal Kombat trilogy, my kick buttons would be up on the C stick and answer deceased up on the right stick and right on the right stick. And that would be no good. But if you want to control the buttons layouts on a more system level instead of on a game by game basis, we actually have the option, I believe, to remap the controls with our computer because this BlueRetro thing is very Bluetooth compatible. So let's let's take a quick dive into that and see how that works.

[00:04:40] Okay. So here we are on the blue retro web config page. That's just blueretro.IO is the website that I went to and we're going to follow the instructions here and we're going to access we're going to connect the blue retro to this computer screen here and we're going to do some things. So we're going to go to advanced config and we hit Connect Blue Retro and there it is. And I'm just going to go ahead and hit pair. And now once it is paired, whoa, it's doing all kinds stuff. Now I can do all kinds of stuff. So what you can do with this guy is you can actually make this into a memory card as well as like right here water mapping config. We could remap all the buttons to do all kinds of fun stuff. This is a little bit above my head. This is what I'm here for. Output config. Right. The mode gamepad, obviously accessories. We can either turn it into a rumble pack or we can have it run as a memory card. So since Rumble isn't exactly something that shows up well on a video, we're going to show the memory functionality. So I'm going to click this on memory and then I'm going to click Save config saved Power Cycle BlueRetro adapter for mode change to take effect. I'm going to go ahead and walk over to the N64. Where have I copied copy of Castlevania 64 Plugged in, which is a game that requires memory card functionality. I'm going to go ahead and turn it off and on and we'll see how this works.  

[00:06:08] Okay, here I am. If all goes according to plan, I'll be able to synchronize this controller without doing anything wild and I'll be able to turn this system on. And it's not going to give me the please insert or memory card thing. Let's take a look. There goes nothing. Oh, controller back hit pack has been changed and it remembers my controller, uh, re-insert, controller, pack and press a button. Percy reconnect? Yeah, I'll restore. Yeah, that's fine. Create Castlevania out now. Yeah. Oh, boy. Look at that. Here we are. And it looks like we're going to be able to play a place in Castlevania 64 with a memory memory card selected there. So it's not the most let's say it's not exactly the most intuitive thing I've ever done in my life, having to connect to the computer. But honestly, it's it worked out pretty well. Once you once you figure it out, it just kind of seems to work. So I'll go ahead and have easy way out. And I'll be I'll be Reinhart because Reinhart's awesome. He's got the win. This game gets so much more flack than it deserves. I'm not saying it's a masterpiece. I'm just saying this game is not as terrible as the Internet likes to claim it is. That's what I think. Watch out for lightning strike and trees. Well, how we go about John and I think here. Oh, okay. So let's see is what does my life. Yeah. This works like a charm and that. Awesome. Okay, here we go. Castlevania for Nintendo 64. Working like a charm with memory card functionality all turned on. And that's the basics of the blue retro. 

[00:08:12] Well, there you have it. That's a basic rundown of the functionality of the retro time 64 Bluetooth adapter from eight bit mods. And it does what's written on the box. You do have to have like we showed a connection to a wireless, a Bluetooth connection to your computer in order to access this thing properly and really get everything that it can do, like remapping the buttons and enabling rumble and the memory card functionality. But outside of that small hurdle, it's just plug it in and use the controller of your choice on N64, which is pretty darn great. Thanks for watching everybody. If you like what you saw here today, please follow comment like subscribe. Let us know down in the comments. What is your favorite in Tennis 64 game that you can't wait to play with a controller? That's not the Nintendo 64 controller? Me I'm going to play some new Tetris because the new Tetris is my favorite Tetris of all time. The game's a masterpiece and it should really be ported to everything forever in all time because it's great. But yes, I want to hear from you. Thanks again for watching. On behalf of all of us here at Stone Age gamer keep playing games. 

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