How to Play Gamecube Games on Your Computer

By Chappy Sinclair

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Dolphin Emulator

  • Winzip

  • Gamecube ROM or ISO

Using an emulator, you can play fully rendered Gamecube games on your computer. An emulator is a form of software that emulates hardware. You will need to find the ROM or ISO of Gamecube games that you legally own to run on the emulator. To run an emulator at decent speeds, your computer hardware needs to be at least three times that of the original hardware (built after 2006). Laptops are generally discourage from running emulators as they are more prone to overheating. However, if you are using a mid to high end laptop, you may experience no problems at all.

Download the Dolphin emulator and save it to the desktop. Right click the folder and select "Extract to here...". This will place the contents of the emulator on the desktop. Make note of the different Dolphin files: Dolphin and DolphinIL. IL is faster, however, it can also be more unstable. For the sake of this how-to, we will use IL. If you encounter any problems, switch the Dolphin.

Click the DolphinIL icon. This will bring up the DolphinIL interface.

Click the "Options" menu. Click "Configure". Put the "ON" setting for the following options: Lock Threads to cores, Optimize Quantizers, LLE DSP on Thread, Confirm on Stop, Dual Core, Idle Skipping, HLE the BIOS all the time, and Enable the JIT dynarec.

Put the "OFF" setting for the following options: Use Panic Handlers. Set the "framelimiter" to 60.

Click "File". Select "Load Game". Search for the ROM or ISO file of the Gamecube game you want to play.