Dolphin, the GameCube and Wii Emulator, is coming to Steam in Q2 2023

    The emulation giant hits Steam this Summer.

    The beloved GameCube and Wii Emulator, Dolphin, is set to release on Steam sometime during Q2 2023.

    This announcement came after a month of teases from the official Dolphin Twitter account, where mysterious tweets of geysers and steam occasionally popped up. 

    A description of the software is available below, thanks to the Steam listing for Dolphin:

    Welcome to the World of Modern Emulation

    Dolphin Emulator is your one-way ticket to nostalgia if you’re looking to relive classics from the big N’s cube-shaped and motion controlled consoles. Return to an era of gaming before the advent of microtransactions and experience a diverse library of thousands of titles that were released for these consoles over a span of 15+ years. Dolphin Emulator allows these classic games to be reborn into the modern era with support for 4K displays, modern controllers, and much, much more. All of this, fully Open Source and free to download.

    How Does It Work?

    Dolphin Emulator creates a virtual environment on your device that is capable of running games originally developed for two of the Big N’s revolutionary consoles. However, Dolphin itself does not provide any of the games. It is just a tool to run legally obtained copies of these games. Once you have dumped copies of your games into a compatible format, you can launch them directly in the emulator.

    Why Emulate?

    Using emulation to play your games comes with many advantages. Dolphin can surpass the capabilities of the original hardware with enhancements like increased resolution, widescreen hacks, HD texture packs, and patches to increase the frame rate. While playing a game, features like quick saves (save states), slow motion, and turbo can make playing through annoying sections a breeze. You can even take your favorite local multiplayer games online with Dolphin’s built-in netplay. Once you’re bored of a game, you can breathe new life into it by playing community-made mods like randomizers and custom level packs.

    dolphin screenshot of link

    The store page for the Dolphin Emulator is now live on Steam, which you can access and add the software to your wishlist now here. This new platform for Dolphin will make the entry point to emulation much easier, as players won’t need to download Dolphin’s own client anymore. Now, anyone can head to the Steam storefront and download Dolphin on their servers.

    With thousands of games available to emulate, which titles are you looking forward to playing the most? Let us know on Twitter!

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