How to play GameCube Games on Your Computer by Using Dolphin

How to play GameCube Games on Your Computer by Using Dolphin

The GameCube was the fourth video game console designed by Nintendo. As a compact rectangular block having a length of 6 inches, a width of 6, and a height of about 4.3 inches, it was similar to its predecessor, the Nintendo 64. The GameCube, however, came in multiple colors and had a total of 658 games released during its run. For its time, GameCube’s aesthetics and hardware were pretty impressive.

What is Dolphin?

Dolphin is an emulator specially designed for two Nintendo video game consoles, the Wii and the GameCube. It lets gamers play classic titles from these two Nintendo consoles on their computers in full HD resolution. On top of that, there are multiple enhancements like turbo speed, compatibility with PC controllers, networked multiplayer, and even more. It’s an open-source emulator.

 Why choose Dolphin over Wii? 

Dolphin is beneficial over the Wii in various ways: 

  • GameCube games that had a video quality of 480p and were stuck up at a ratio of 3:4 could be played in full screen or 4k using Dolphin. Gamers can even let games run at 60 frames per second.
  • All games can be loaded extremely fast when Dolphin is used. Even you can do it using regular Wii but it’s still an advantage is you use Dolphin is instead.
  • Gamers can use Wii remotes when playing using Dolphin along with other gamepads like one controller, Xbox 360, etc. If you want to use a GameCube controller, you can simply buy a USB adapter.
  • Dolphin is Mac OS and Windows compatible.
  • Dolphin provides excellent customer support and releases updates which include bug fixes.

How to play GameCube games using Dolphin?

Now that you have got a clear idea about Dolphin and why should you choose it over Wii, follow these steps to enjoy playing GameCube on your PC using Dolphin:

Step 1

Visit the official Dolphin emulator website and download it from there. Though this emulator can be downloaded from various platforms, we recommend getting it straight from the official source.

Step 2

Now that you have downloaded it, run the executable, and install Dolphin on your device.

Step 3

Create a folder in your device where you are going to save all your GameCube games. You can even choose to create a shortcut of the emulator on the screen. That’s optional though.

Step 4

Now, we have to configure the GameCube controls:

  • Click on GCPad on the toolbar.
  • If you want to change a key, click on a button and type in that button which you want the previous one to replace with on your emulator.
  • Next, type in the name of the configuration and click on save.
  • When you have done the changes, click on ok.

Step 5

  • For pointing the emulator to your GameCube ISOs folder, 
  • Click on” file” in the drop-down menu on the screen.
  • Click on browse for ISOs.
  • Browse through your ISO directory and click on any one of them and press ok.
  • Once done, double click on any GameCube game using Dolphin.

The game will start playing or you can also click on the play button in the toolbar to start. If you take the second option, the system will open a separate window. After you have finished playing, click on the “stop” button on the original screen.

A Few Helpful Hints

Use shift+ [F1 – F8] to save. For loading, press any key between F1-F8. You can use these options only while playing the game. However, you need to remember that much like other emulators, you aren’t going to have a perfect emulation experience.


Disclaimer: This article is a guest post written by Amanda Braun

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