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DolphiniOS is a promising GameCube and Wii emulator for iOS

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A new GameCube and Wii emulator has appeared for iOS. DolphiniOS, a project from developer Oatmeal Dome, can play some games at full speed, including Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy 2. The project is still in the early alpha stage of development, so it will only become more stable as development continues.
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Emulators for iOS have come a long way over the past few years, but a few systems have eluded iPhone gamers. Two of those are the GameCube and Wii from Nintendo. While Macs, PCs, and Android handsets have been able to reasonably play GameCube and Wii games for years, the iPhone has yet to have a competent emulator for the systems. Until now.

A new port of the popular Dolphin emulator for iOS recently exploded on the scene, and it shows a lot of promise. Gameplay of Super Mario Sunshine on the GameCube runs at a consistent 30 frames per second, as does the Wii title Super Mario Galaxy 2. There are a few frame drops throughout, which is understandable considering the emulator is still in alpha.

It should be noted that there already exists a GameCube emulator for iOS dubbed GC4iOS. However, GC4iOS has had a difficult development and still cannot run some games at full speed. DolphiniOS appears to be able to handle most games thrown its way, and it is still in very early stages of development. Better still, DolphiniOS can also play Wii games and can even connect to a Wii remote for authentic gameplay, though motion controls are still unsupported (save for shakes and wiggles).

As with most emulators on iOS, there are a few caveats. DolphiniOS is only compatible with jailbroken devices at this time. Even then, it can be difficult to get installed and tricky to get games loaded into the emulator. As it is in its infancy, the emulator's GUI is still being fleshed out, introducing a roadblock to getting games loaded.

Still, it’s amazing to see GameCube and Wii games play fluidly on iOS. Hopefully, the emulator can garner enough support for solid and rapid development.

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I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2019-12-16 (Update: 2019-12-16)