How to Use Both a Keyboard and a Mouse With N64 Game Emulators

By Matthew Lee
N64 emulators rely on the use of USB-compatible N64 controllers.

With the use of Nintendo 64 (N64) emulator software programs, gamers can download and play old favorites on their home computers. However, capturing the complexity of the N64 controller on a computer keyboard can be difficult. As such, many of these emulator programs rely solely on the use of a USB-compatible N64 controller. Though the option is not provided by these programs, it is possible to configure your keyboard and mouse as the controller by downloading and installing the N-Rage plug-in.

Download N-Rage Input Plug-in v2.2 Beta.

Open the downloaded file with a program capable of opening .zip files. Copy the file "NRage_Input_V2.dll" and paste it in the "Plug-in" folder of your emulator program.

Open a game with your emulator program. Make sure that the N-Rage plug-in is selected by opening the "Options" drop-down menu, clicking on "Settings" and selecting the N-Rage plug-in under the "Input" or "Controller Plug-in" drop-down menu.

Determine which keyboard and mouse options will correspond to the controller's various buttons. Under the "Options" menu, select "Configure Controller" or "Configure Input Plug-in".

To configure your controller, click on the radio button next to the desired controller button and perform the corresponding mouse or keyboard action. Movement of the mouse can be associated with a controller button in the same manner, so be careful not to move the mouse while associating keyboard commands or mouse clicks.

Tip

Configuration files can be downloaded from emulator forums to help bypass the somewhat difficult process of configuring your keyboard and mouse. Once downloaded and placed in your emulator's program file, these .cpf files can be used by opening the "Options" menu, selecting "Configure Input" or "Configure Controller Plug-in" and clicking on the "Load Profile" button.

About the Author

Matthew Lee has been writing professionally since 2007. Past and current research projects have explored the effect of a diagnosis of breast cancer on lifestyle and mental health and adherence to lifestyle-based (i.e. nutrition and exercise) and drug therapy treatment programs. He holds a Master of Arts in psychology from Carleton University and is working toward his doctorate in health psychology.