I was recently drifting through YouTube when I came a across a video showing me how to play Wii games at 1080p 60fps on the PC using the original controllers, my excitement blew up and flood of rose tinted nostalgia smashed me in the face like a brick, at the time was 2am and I had to be up early for work but even with my responsibilities looming over me I fobbed them off and immediately did some research on the best versions, equipment and ways of getting this to work seamlessly, this was around a year ago and I’m going to share my the most headache free way of getting this emulator to work, so you too can play all time favourites like Mario kart or smash bros with your friends!
So what is an emulator ? An emulator is hardware or software that enables one computer system (called the host) to behave like another computer system (called the guest). An emulator typically enables the host system to run software or use peripheral devices designed for the guest system
Where do I get the games or ROMs (read-only memory) to play on the emulator? Roms are the software equivalent of the games played on the emulators, these ROMs can be obtained a number of different ways, due to legal reasons I can’t explain this to you but a quick Google search should help you find other websites that will help.
Dolphin is a free and open-source video game console emulator for the GameCube, Wii and Triforcethat runs on Windows, Linux, OS X, and Android. It was the first emulator to successfully run commercial GameCube games, and is the only emulator capable of running commercial Wii games. Its name refers to the development code name for the GameCube.
You will need to download and install this emulator, next step is to decide what stack to use, I personally purchased a dolphin sensor bar from Amazon, this allowed to use the sensor as a IR tracking and connected seamlessly with my Wii controllers, I have used other Bluetooth stacks and even candles as IR sensors, but the sensor bar takes all the awkwardness of setting up the controllers and IR tracking, the software is so good it is pretty much plug and play!
When I started with this emulator, I started with the version 3.5 it really had problems with disconnecting controllers, graphical glitches, crashes but I think the developers really deserve some recognition for running a buggy mess into a real powerhouse emulator, a free open source software that is now running smoothly as butter and a joy to play.
It started as a possible alternative way to play the Nintendo Wii, but for me now it’s the only way to play!
Top five Wii games to play on the Dolphin Wii emulator
1- Mario Galaxy 2
2- Twilight Princess (2006)
3- Super smash bros
4- Mario kart
5- Xenoblade chronicles
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