The Nintendo GameCube was a pretty great console back in early 2000s. Though the original cube shaped like console for GameCube is not as popular as it was back then, a number of gamers are left sourcing for was they can still play their favourite GameCube games such as Super Smash Bros. Melee, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Super Mario Sunshine and a ton of other great classics.
With the launch of Wii U it has been possible to play these games, but however, if you don’t own a Wii U, not to worry there’s an alternative way you can play your favourite GameCube games from back then on your PC and I’ll be showing how you can play your these games straight on your computer using a third party platform known as an emulator. Note that you will need to download gamecube roms or ISO (this is a file that houses a copy of your games ripped from the game disk) of GameCube games that you legally own to run on the emulator.
How to run GameCube games on your PC using an emulator
You can play GameCube games on a PC with the aid of downloaded emulator software on your PC. Basically, an emulator is a software that enables you to mimic another platform on your PC. Though there are several emulators online available for download, the Dolphin emulator works really well with the Nintendo GameCube, as it is the most stable emulator capable of running the six and seventh console generation GameCube games. Note that you can also check the compatibility list on each emulator download site to know which games can be played using the emulator. To play GameCube games on your PC using an emulator, follow the steps below;
- Lunch the Dolphin emulator website in your browser. Note: any modern PC that has a dual-core processor is sufficient enough to run the emulator and Dolphin emulator ROMs (games) most efficiently
- Click on the blue “Download” button on the website and then select the version compatible with your PC Operating System, it is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac.
- Once the download is complete, run the executable to install the emulator.
- Next, find the most suitable place on your hard drive and then create a folder for all things GameCube.
- If you don’t have any games you will need to rip or download gamecube roms and then create a folder where you can save all the CD images of the games you have.
- What this does is that it syncs all of your ISOs and lists them out with their logo, name, publisher, and compatibility level. A Five star will mean that the game runs perfectly without any issues; A four star means it is fully playable but has minor graphical or audio issues; A
- Three star and below means the game could crash regularly and you most likely won’t be able to progress too far while playing.
- Before you launch, you will need to first edit your settings. From the “Options“ menu click on “Controller Settings”;
- The “Port 1” is set to “Standard Controller” by default, this is the GameCube controller; Then click on “Configure”to see how it has been mapped out on your keyboard. Click any of the buttons to change the assigned keys.
- Now you can launch the emulator and then point it to your ISO folder. To do this; from the “File” drop-down menu, click on “Browse for ISOs…” and then press “OK” If you have trouble finding the ISO, click on the “Refresh” button to refresh the list or you can also check the sub directories.
- Then double-click on a game in your emulator to start, alternatively from the tool bar you can also click on a game and press the play button to start.
- A separate window will then open for the game itself.
- Use controls from the first emulation screen to navigate through the game. When you are done playing, you can use the stop button on the first screen also.
- A few handy shortcuts: to save a stage, press Shift + [F1 – F8] (each of the keys between F1 to F8 has its own save slot). If you want to load a stage, simply press F1-F8 to load the respective saved stages. If the shortcuts don’t work for you not to worry, these options can be easily accessed with the emulator by using the two options on the button of the menu, but note that you can only use it when a game is currently running.