Originally Posted by champer
Ok I downloaded it on the wii. and mario 64 doesnt look like its stretched at 16:9. I have the console and TV settings, set at 16:9 and looks fantastic. I wish I coud hook up my N64 to the gamecube ports on the console. anyone know of any adapters out there, that can do that ?
If it's filling your 16:9 display, your set is incorrectly stretching the original 4:3 image.
Compare it with screenshots with the correct aspect ratio and you'll certainly start to notice the different proportions everything has taken on your television. But if you're pleased with how it looks filling your screen despite it being a 4:3 game (And sometimes people are happy stretching their games if it has a more cartoony look such as this one, despite knowing it's not actually correct), just enjoy yourself.
It's not like the aspect ratio police will come knocking on your door.
As for your last question, I assume you're asking if you can hook up a N64 controller to the GameCube controller ports. There are adapters that can do that, but I suggest you don't bother. The Nintendo 64 games on the Virtual Console each have customized button mapping from game to game to best suit the GameCube and Classic Controller controller. So while you'd be using an actual N64 controller to play the game with, the buttons won't all be mapped to the same buttons on the controller that they would if you were on the original hardware. So why even bother?
But if you have any NES and SuperNes games you'd like to download, I'd highly suggest something like RetroUSB's NES and SuperNes controller adapters that utilize the GCN controller ports. The button layouts are correct for the NES and SuperNes VC releases and it's great to be able to use the original controllers (Though the Wiimote on it's side performs just fine for NES games and the Classic Controller handles SuperNes games just fine).
And if you have a GameCube with a Game Boy Player kicking around, an original SuperNes controller makes for a perfect controller for playing GB/GBC/GBA games.
Originally Posted by jwebb1970
Concur w/ Leo that SM64 via the Wii is a slightly better looking experience that via the original N64 fed into a modern HD display
It's even a nice improvement just on a standard definition CRT. Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and Wave Race all look significantly better on my Trinitron via component than they do on the N64 via composite or s-video (My HDTV has a sucky scaler, so just the PS3 and 360 are hooked up to it). And Paper Mario almost looks like it could've passed pretty well as a early GameCube game beyond when they zoom in on a sprite (It's the one Virtual Console N64 game I've purchased that I don't have the original cartridge for and have never played on real hardware). Everything's so nice and sharp with a lot more clarity than the original hardware offers.
I wish they'd release Pilotwings 64. I'd love the opportunity to rebuy that since it's the only other 1st party N64 game I'd like to get on the VC.