cargo-n64 VS libdragon

Compare cargo-n64 vs libdragon and see what are their differences.

cargo-n64

Make Nintendo 64 games in Rust! 🦀 (by rust-console)

libdragon

Open source library for N64 development. (by DragonMinded)
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cargo-n64 libdragon
2 15
152 658
0.7% -
1.8 9.2
about 2 years ago 5 days ago
Rust C
MIT License The Unlicense
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cargo-n64

Posts with mentions or reviews of cargo-n64. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-07.

libdragon

Posts with mentions or reviews of libdragon. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-01-10.
  • Valve asked Portal 64 developer to take the project down
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 10 Jan 2024
    Per the Portal 64 creator, the library in question was libultra,[1] which is owned and was distributed exclusively by Nintendo but has been extensively pirated.

    There are open source alternatives, including libdragon[2] and libn64[3]. Not sure how feasible replacing libultra with either of those would be considering the scale of the project.

    1: https://n64brew.dev/wiki/Libultra

    2: https://libdragon.dev/, https://github.com/DragonMinded/libdragon

    3: https://github.com/mikeryan/n64dev/

  • Libdragon, an open-source SDK for Nintendo 64
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 28 Aug 2023
  • CIB 64DD Dev Kit
    5 projects | /r/n64 | 7 May 2023
  • I’m an idiot but I can’t find information on how many and what sizes/color number of sprites n64 can do?
    1 project | /r/N64Homebrew | 13 Apr 2023
    To do 2D on N64, I suggest you to use the libdragon unstable branch https://github.com/DragonMinded/libdragon/wiki/Unstable-branch
  • Porting Godot (Custom export modules)
    2 projects | /r/godot | 16 Feb 2023
    I was thinking of doing this for Wii (via GRRLIB), or potentially N64 (via libdragon), but Godot would probably be too resource heavy for the N64, so I'm leaning more towards the Wii.
  • What is the best documented console?
    3 projects | /r/EmuDev | 6 Nov 2022
    And an open source sdk at https://github.com/DragonMinded/libdragon libdragon is well on its way to surpassing Nintendo's libultra, but the discord has people knowledgeable about both.
  • OpenGL implementation for Nintendo 64 in homebrew libdragon
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 3 Sep 2022
  • Drawing Triangles on N64
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 29 Mar 2022
    It is pretty much understood in most aspects that pertain regular software development, though there are still corners that are investigated.

    The most accurate and fast emulator right now is Ares (https://ares-emu.net), which bundles the Vulkan-accelerated RDP emulation with a recompiler for both CPU and RSP. It is extremely accurate in many regards and in general much closer to the real hardware than any other emulators (with cen64 being a close second). Other emulators manage to run most of the game library but using several hacks, while Ares keeps a zero-hack approach, so not everything works, but it is for instance far more compatible with advanced home-brew stuff which use the hardware in ways that the Nintendo SDK did not.

    The most advanced open source library for N64 development is libdragon (https://github.com/DragonMinded/libdragon) which is currently growing very advanced RSP ucodes that do things that are not possible with Nintendo SDK. For instance, it was recently merged a command list support to send commands from CPU to RSP without any lock in the happy path, and fully concurrent access from both the processors. Another example would be its DMA support for fetching data from ROM that exploits undocumented partially-broken features of the RCP that were previously unknown to allow for misaligned memory transfers.

    The most accurate source of hardware documentation is the n64brew wiki, which is slowly gathering accurate, hardware-tested information on how the whole console works. https://n64brew.dev/wiki/Main_Page. Unfortunately, it's still lacking in many areas (eg: RSP). It's a painstaking long work because there are many many documents floating around with partial or completely wrong information.

  • Possiblity of making a special version of Gmod specifically for the N64
    1 project | /r/n64 | 21 Jan 2022
    Well...it would be the engine that you write for it, likely using libdragon or something similar as the SDK.
  • Why are game makers creating new Game Boy games in 2021?
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 16 Jan 2022
    libdragon is what you are looking for: https://github.com/DragonMinded/libdragon

What are some alternatives?

When comparing cargo-n64 and libdragon you can also consider the following projects:

llvm-mos - Port of LLVM to the MOS 6502 and related processors

aw64 - nintendo 64 port of https://github.com/fabiensanglard/Another-World-Bytecode-Interpreter/

gba - A crate that helps you make GBA games

ultralib - Reverse engineering of libultra

cargo-make - Rust task runner and build tool.

pandocs - The single, most comprehensive Game Boy technical reference.

GRRLIB - Wii coding library

gopher64 - N64 emulator written in Rust

n64chain - A (free) open-source N64 development toolchain.

cargo-release - Cargo subcommand `release`: everything about releasing a rust crate.

n64sdkmod - A libultra SDK for the modern era

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