Answer: Get it working. No matter how much time or effort it takes. Then blog about it, and finally have her read your post.
About 2 months ago, before I made the switch to Linux full-time, I installed the Project64 emulator when I was running Windows.
I started up Mario64 with a Saitek USB joypad and the girlfriend came over and asked to play. She absolutely LOVED it. So much in fact, that she has mentioned it about it every few days for the past two weeks or so.
If you know anything about women, this means she REALLY wants to get her game on.
As far as legality goes, I can’t get much more legal than Mario 64 – I’ve got a Nintendo 64 sitting in my closet with a plethora of games including Mario 64, which was included with the game system. Unfortunately the process of backing up a ROM is the legal grey area here. I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. You are on your own.
You might be asking yourself this question: If you’ve got an N64, why the heck are you using an emulator?