The Dolphin Wii Emulator can now play over 97% of Wii and GameCube games

PC gamers can now play over 97% of all Wii and GameCube games thanks to the Dolphin Emulator

Let’s face it, our old consoles are not going to last forever. That’s why emulation is a vital part of game preservation, and when it comes to emulation, few projects shine brighter than the Dolphin Wii/GameCube emulator. This project now allows gamers to play over 97% of the Wii’s library on Windows, Linux, MacOS, and Android.

Dolphin is currently one of the most popular emulators available, and it is easy to see why. The emulator supports a wide range of operating systems. It is frequently updated and improved by a dedicated team of enthusiasts. Today, 38.2% of all Wii compatible games (which includes all GameCube games) run perfectly on the emulator. A further 58.9% of Wii compatible games are rated as “Playable”, which means that these games are fully playable buy may have minor issues.

Dolphin Emulator Resolution Boost

Today, Dolphin is the best place to play many classic Wii or GameCube titles. Using the emulator, gamers can adjust the “internal resolution” of supported games. This allows gamers to play games at much higher resolutions than their original Wii counterparts. This can make many Nintendo classics look better than ever, especially when played at high resolutions like 1440p or 4K. Many games can also be played at higher framerates than their original Wii/GameCube versions, allowing many games to both look and play better on Dolphin.

Nintendo may not like it, but many of their Wii and GameCube classics both look and play best using Dolphin. Yes, many Wii classics are now available on Switch, but the Switch maxes out at 1080p.

(Dolphin Emulator Website)

Steam, and Nintendo’s stance on Dolphin

Earlier this year, the Dolphin team announced that their emulator was coming to Steam. Since then, Dolphin’s Steam release plans have been cancelled. Simply put, Nintendo hates 3rd party emulation. This is somewhat hypocritical, as they utilise emulation heavily in-house. Nintendo’s “Virtual Console” titles are all emulated, and their NES and SNES Mini consoles are both emulation boxes. Today, the Switch can emulate a huge number of classic games, including many SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis releases.

Nintendo is not able to take down Dolphin because the emulator is perfectly legal. If it wasn’t, Nintendo’s legal team would have taken it offline by now. Dolphin is a tool that emulates hardware that Nintendo no longer produces, it’s not a piracy tool. Dolphin is designed to run games that players legitimately own.

With support for 97% of the Wii/GameCube library, the Dolphin emulator is easily one of the best emulators available today. All Wii classics run well on the emulator. That includes Super Smash Bros Melee, Super Mario Galaxy, Metriod Prime, and all Wii/GameCube Legend of Zelda titles.

In other emulation news, the PCSX2 PlayStation 2 emulator can now play over 99% of the PS2’s library. With emulators like these, 2024 is going to be a great year to play classic console games on PC.

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