Dolphin

Dolphin 9.0

Free
Enjoy games made for Wii and Gamecube on the PC
4.0  (40 votes)
9.0 (See all)
Emulates the Nintendo Gamecube and Wii consoles so that you can play games created for those devices directly on your computer.

Playing older games proves difficult. Many players lost their old console, and buying a used one in good condition has become hard and expensive. Yet, there are other ways to play old games than using the original console. One solution is to use an emulator. This is a piece of software that enables you to play games designed for another platform by emulating the platform.

Dolphin is a program that enables you to play games that were originally designed to run on the Nintendo Gamecube and Wii consoles. Installing it is quite easy, and it contains no adware. The interface is also quite easy to use. The main interface is kept simple, while the settings screen contains more fine-grained options. If you're not comfortable with settings, this is not a problem as Dolphin will run out of the box without any issue. However, if you're more tech-savvy, you will feel at home since there are a lot of options. And this is one great advantage Dolphin: keep it simple for average users, but don't frustrate experts by limiting their control.

Compatibility-wise, Dolphin is very successful. With 85% of games that run perfectly or have minor issues, it is miles away from similar programs. Also, it is able to greatly upscale and improve the graphics of the games that you run. The result is very neat, you can play on big screens without seeing pixels, which is quite an impressive feat considering the original resolution of the Wii.

All in all, Dolphin is an easy-to-use Wii and Gamecube emulator, but it nonetheless doesn't keep skilled users at bay with its wide range of options.

John Static
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Review summary

Pros

  • Great performances
  • Ability to use real Wiimotes
  • Visual enhancement of games
  • 85% of the games run perfectly or with minor defects

Cons

  • I could not find any
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