You can now watch SpongeBob SquarePants on your N64

by Martin Watts, 11 March 2020

N64 mod that lets you play Spongebob Squarepants on Nintendo 64.

Has the thought of not being able to watch SpongeBob SquarePants on your N64 often kept you up at night?

If so, you’ll be glad to hear this very specific problem in life has now been solved. SpongeBob SquarePants come to N64 at last!

Spongebob Squarepants Squid's Day Off title card on Nintendo 64.

Ported by CrashOveride (the same person behind GoldenEye with Sonic Characters), there are currently seven episodes available. Using a flashcart such as an EverDrive 64, you can watch them on an original N64 console.

The screenshots used in this post are taken from an UltraHDMI N64.

Mr Krabs speaks to his money in Spongebob Squarepants, running on an N64 console.

Watching SpongeBob SquarePants on N64 is not exactly the best viewing experience. The picture quality is quite pixelated, and there’s noticeable ghosting throughout.

While it doesn’t look great on an UltraHDMI N64, the quality is certainly good enough on a CRT TV.

Watching Spongebob Squarepants on an N64 connected to a CRT TV.

CrashOveride had to tackle some hefty technical challenges just to get SpongeBob SquarePants to work on N64. And given each episode is around 32MB in size and includes full audio, it’s quite the achievement.

Very few official N64 games use full-motion video.

This is mainly due to the storage constraints of N64 cartridges. N64 cartridge sizes range from 4MB to 64MB – and only three games use the latter amount.

The Krusty Krab, as seen in footage played on an N64 console.

Resident Evil 2 is one of these of games. Despite the move from two 700MB CDs on PlayStation 1 to a 64MB N64 cartridge, it retains all the video footage of the original game.

Both the video and audio had to be heavily compressed to achieve this.

StarCraft 64 and Pokémon Puzzle League are two more examples of N64 games that use full-motion video (sparingly).

Spongebob Squarepants footage running on a real N64 console.

How can I watch SpongeBob SquarePants on my N64?

  1. Download the SpongeBob SquarePants ROM files by following the link in CrashOveride’s release tweet.
  2. Extract the files using 7-Zip (or another compatible file extractor program).
  3. Place each of the .N64 files on your EverDrive 64’s SD card.
  4. Re-insert your SD card into your EverDrive 64 and you’re good to go!
Grainy image of of Spongebob Squarepants being played through an N64 console

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