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How to Use Dolphin Emulator on Android

by Henry Emmanuel

Looking to play Nintendo GameCube and Wii games on your device? Then here’s how to use Dolphin emulator on Android.

Nintendo’s GameCube and Wii needs no introduction, they where doubtlessly among the very best video game console ever made. There ability to run even the most intensive games with vivid and vibrant graphics was out of the original.

Sadly, things went sour when Nintendo decided to discontinue the production of the Wii and GameCube console. Fortunately, a kind developer came up with a very powerful emulator that is capable of emulating most of the GameCube and Wii games on any Android device.

Also Checkout: The Best GameCube and Wii Emulator

So if you are ready to recall the nostalgia feeling of the past, then here’s how to use dolphin emulator to play GameCube and Wii games on any Android device.

Download Dolphin Emulator

To begin with, you’ll need to download and install dolphin emulator on your Android phone. It’s free and open source per we and one thing to note here is that dolphin emulator works or is only compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, but we strongly recommend a very powerful Android device with high specs running on 7.0 Nougat. I.e if you want to experience an almost smooth and buttery gameplay without lags or glitches. So for this tutorial, we’re going to use OnePlus 7t.

Update: There’s a fork of the original dolphin emulator in town and it’s called Dolphin MMJ. Compared to the official version, this build has performance and UI advantages. We definitely prefer it over the official build since it works smoothly on devices that aren’t that powerful. You can grab it from here.

Get GameCube and Wii ROMs

The next step obviously is to download most of the best GameCube and Wii ROMs for the dolphin emulator. To reminisce, Dolphin emulator utilizes ISOs for its original game. So we won’t stop you if you Google for the best GameCube and Wii ISOs available on sites such as CoolROM and Emuparadise. Now that you have GameCube and Wii ROMs placed on your device’s SD card or internal memory, let’s quickly learn how to setup and use the dolphin emulator on Android.


Setting Up Dolphin Emulator

Configuring dolphin emulator to run most of the GameCube and Wii games on your Android phone won’t be that easy, although if you are able to balance the right settings for a specific choice of game, then you can get close to something playable. For this settings, we were able to run legend of Zelda the Windmaker at full speed or extremely close to it. So simply download and extract the ini config file found in here and place it in the following directory; /storage/emulated/0/dolphin-emu/Config.


This folders and files will only be created if you open dolphin emulator once. For other GameCube and Wii games such as Super Mario, Resident Evil and MarioKart Double Dash, you will have to tinker with the Settings Options found within the dolphin emulator. If your device isn’t powerful enough or your desired game is to heavy, then you might get 60 fps which is too slow but playable.

Enjoy GameCube and Wii Games on Android

Now it’s time to play GameCube and Wii games on your Android device. So go ahead and open dolphin emulator. From here, tap the folder icon on the right and hit the plus button. Next up, locate the ROM you downloaded earlier and open it. The initial boot should go around 50 fps depending on the Wii or GameCube game you’re trying to run plus your Settings configuration.


Note that the controls on dolphin emulator aren’t set up yet, so when you open a game, simply swipe down from the notification bar and a blue bar containing three menu (dots) will appear. Tap on it and configure the GameCube pad controls to your preference. Dolphin emulator brings supports for touch controllers and you’d be glad to hear that multi player is highly possible.

Wrapping Up

That’s it, playing GameCube and Wii games on Android wouldn’t be possible without dolphin emulator. There are a dozen of Wii and GameCube ROMs/ISOs compatible with dolphin emulator, and the developers are relentless in releasing new updates to fix bugs and glitches. Dolphin works better on Nvidia Shield, Galaxy S20, OnePlus 8t and the new Razer Phone. But you’d know it will be very demanding especially on your battery. So have you tried dolphin emulator? If yes, share your Settings tweaks and the games you’ve played so far.


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