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Dolphin is releasing its GameCube and Wii emulator on Steam

Before the end of June, the project is expected to be released on Steam.

Nintendo may be making it more difficult to play its older titles on official hardware, but if you know where to go, there are still other possibilities. One of them will soon be much simpler to locate: Dolphin, a well-liked emulator that supports the majority of GameCube and Wii games, will debut on Steam later this year. Even though Dolphin is now free, its availability on Steam may make using the emulator easier on gadgets like the Steam Deck, where switching to desktop mode and manually installing programmed can be a hassle.

Nevertheless, this does not imply that downloading Dolphin from the Steam shop will grant you immediate access to vintage Nintendo games. The shop website for Dolphin is eager to note that the “Games are not included with the app. To utilize a game with Dolphin, you must have an original copy of it.” Emulating console games is a bit of a grey area legally, so if you’ve ever dabbled in retro game emulation, that statement should sound quite familiar.

The Dolphin Steam page says it plays “classics from the Big N’s cube-shaped and motion-controlled consoles,” which is probably why it is afraid to even mention what it does. On the website for the emulator, it is stated quite clearly that “downloading commercial games is unlawful” and that users are encouraged to use homebrew tools to create backups of game discs they legitimately possess.

By the end of Q2 2023, Dolphin is anticipated to go live on Steam Early Access, with a full launch scheduled for the end of the year.