Missing in action for years, the one and only GameCube and Wii emulator, Dolphin, is once again on Google Play. Yes, you can now enjoy all manner of retro Nintendo games on-the-go... as long as you legally own the ROMs, that is.
For emulation devotees, this isn't massive news, as up-to-date Android builds have been available for download directly from Dolphin's website for a long time. But for the casual fan, it's great.
The main benefit of installing via Google Play is "automatic updates" and "peace of mind" as Dolphin developer "Helios" explains:
The Dolphin Emulator team has officially released Dolphin on the Google Play Store again. This means you can now get automatic updates with Dolphin and the peace of mind that you're always getting Dolphin from a reliable source.
If you're wondering if your Android device is up to the emulating task, here are the recommended requirements:
- Android 5.0 or higher
- A 64-bit processor
- A version of Android that supports 64-bit applications
- A graphics processor that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 or higher.
Unsurprisingly, it doesn't come with any games, so if you want to make the most of Dolphin (well, make anything of it), you'll need to own the titles you'd like to play. For instructions on how to convert games to a format the emulator understands, consult the Dolphin FAQ.