How to Play Gamecube Games on Your Computer (Dolphin) The Nintendo Gamecube is the successor to the hugely successful Nintendo 64. The console would be a platform that improved the graphics of 3D games overall – a concept that became the norm just one system generation ago. In this guide, we show you how you can play these games on your computer using the Dolphin emulator. The first thing we need is the Dolphin emulator. For that, we can go to the Dolphin emulator website and download it from the downloads page. We 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. Once downloaded, run the executable to install the emulator. After this, find a convenient place on your hard drive for all your Gamecube needs and create a folder for it. Once you create a folder, go into this folder. I personally chose 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 first thing we need to do is configure our Gamecube controls. For that, we can simply 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 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 thing we need to do is point the emulator to your ISO folder. For that, simply click on the “File” drop-down menu and click on “Browse for ISOs…” From there, just browse to your ISO directory and choose that directory by clicking on it and pressing “OK”. If you do not see ISOs appearing, click on the “Refresh” button to refresh the list. If the ISOs still do not appear, make sure the ISOs are not in their own directories. It seems that, by default, Dolphin does not read sub-directories. From there, you can 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, use Shift+[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 out there, 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. That’s it! Happy gaming! Note: This emulator can also emulate Wii games, but this guide simply covers the Gamecube part of this emulator. If you want, you can check out our Wii guide which uses this very emulator! Much of the information is similar to what you see here, but worth checking out anyway.