The Nintendo Gamecube is the successor to the successful Nintendo 64. The console would be a platform that improved the graphics of 3D games overall, an ideal that became the norm just one system generation ago. This guide will show you how to play these games on your PC using the Dolphin emulator.
The first thing you need is to download Dolphin emulator. Which you can download HERE.
Kindly note that this emulator is available across many platforms, but the main platform is Windows as the other stable ports seem to be a version or two behind the latest version.
When you are done downloading the app, run the executable to install the emulator. After that step, find a convenient place on your hard drive for all your Gamecube needs and create a folder for it. Once you are done creating a folder, go into this folder. I will advice you to create a shortcut to the executable for the emulator, but this is optional. Next, create a folder that will house all of the CD images of the games you have.
Now, open the emulator.
The next thing you need to do is configure our Gamecube controls. For that, click on the GCPad on the toolbar. You’ll get a screen like this:
To change a key, simply click on a button and type in the button that you want for that particular button on your virtual controller. When you done, type in the name of this particular configuration under profile and click Save. Some games will be easier to play with a different configuration and you may need to create multiple profiles meant for different kinds of games. When you are done, click on the “OK” button.
The next step you need to do is point the emulator to your ISO folder. To do that, click on the “File” drop-down menu and click on “Browse for ISOs”
Then browse to your ISO directory and click on the directory you want and pressing “OK”. If you can’t see the ISOs, just click on “Refresh” to refresh the list. If the ISOs still refuse to appear, make sure the ISOs are not in their own directories. It seems that, by default, Dolphin does not read sub-directories.
The next thing you need to do is to either double-click on a game in your emulator to start it or click on a game and press the play button in the tool bar to start it. This will open a separate window for the game itself. You can use controls from the first emulation screen to affect the game. When you are done playing, you can use the stop button on the first screen.
To save a state, hold the Shift button+[F1 – F8] (each F key between 1 and 8 is it’s own save slot). To load a state, just hit F1-F8 to load a respective save state. This option can be accessed in “Emulation” and the two options on the button of the menu, but only when a game is actually running.
Like almost every other emulator you will see anywhere, emulation isn’t going to be perfect for every single game. To find out which game is fully compatible or not, check out the official compatibility list on the Dolphin website.