# Acquiring the game

While not strictly related to setting up the emulator itself, this gets asked fairly often, so it needs to be mentioned. You will have to acquire the game ROM on your own. I am unable to provide help as distribution of those is illegal.

Below are some checksums of known good files, which you can use to verify the validity of your ROMs. If you do not have a program to generate the checksums of your files, you can instead use the Usamune ROM patcher, which will also validate the file before applying a patch.

filename checksum
Super Mario 64 (U) [!].z64 MD5: 20b854b239203baf6c961b850a4a51a2
SHA1: 9bef1128717f958171a4afac3ed78ee2bb4e86ce
Super Mario 64 (J) [!].z64 MD5: 85d61f5525af708c9f1e84dce6dc10e9
SHA1: 8a20a5c83d6ceb0f0506cfc9fa20d8f438cafe51

# Getting the practice ROM

After getting Super Mario 64, it's a good idea to acquire the Usamune ROM as well. Aside from being an excellent practice and learning tool, it provides a numerical input display feature which will be helpful in determining the optimal range setting for generic adapters and non-N64 controllers later on. More detailed information and instructions can be found on the project's website below.

Usamune ROM website