Dolphin Emulator 5.0 Setup Tutorial & Best Configuration | Play GC/Wii Games on PC
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This is a video showing how to play Gamecube and Wii games on your PC using Dolphin 5.0 for Windows. This tutorial and guide shows you step-by-step instructions for the ISO, Emulator, Controller setup and Configuration setup. The gameplay used was of Super Mario Sunshine.
1. Primary Links
• Required Software – 0:20
• Install & Run Dolphin – 1:16
• Basic Configuration Tutorial – 2:19
3. Music Credit
4. Essential Links
5. Common Issues & Errors w/ Fixes
Dolphin Emulator for Windows:
Skip Adf.ly Links:
*If taking the legal route
_______________________________Instructions – Required Software_________________________________
All links are at the top or bottom of the description.
All software mentioned includes – 7-zip, AMD/Nvidia/Intel Graphics Drivers, C++, ROM file.
You can Google the download for an ISO (or other appropriate format) if you choose the illegal route.
______________________________Instructions – Install Dolphin_________________________________
A – Go to dolphin-emu.org, click the download button near the top of the page, and click “Windows x64” under Dolphin 5.0.
B – Go to your downloads folder and click on the installer. Go through it to install.
C – There should be an icon on the desktop for you to double click (do that).
_____________________________Instructions – Setup & Run Project 64______________________________
A -To set up your controller go to the “controllers” button (as shown in the video) and click “Configure” under either the gamecube controllers or wiimote section (depending on which you want to use).
B – Once you’re done with that go to file (in the upper left), “open”, select the game you want to play (either in ISO format or one of many mentioned in the video) and click “open”. Your game should have started.
_________________________________Instructions – Configuration____________________________________
Note that this is a basic configuration tutorial and not a detailed one. Mention below in the comments if you want to see a more detailed and advanced tutorial.
A – Go to graphics and make sure “full screen resolution” is as high as you want it (preferably anywhere from 1280×720 and above).
B – In aspect ratio choose “stretch to window” if you want no black borders.
C – Go to the enhancements tab and the next few settings are also better in graphics the higher you go. This can result in severe performance issues depending on the hardware and settings.
A – (While in the graphics settings) go to the “hacks” tab and make sure that “Skip EFB Access from CPU”, “Ignore Format Changes, and “Store EFB Copies to Texture Only” are checked. Keep in mind that there’s a possibility that these can cause issues (although generally unlikely).
B – Go to the “General” tab and make sure your graphics card is selected in “Adapter”. You may also want to change the backend to “Direct3D 11” instead of Direct3D 12 depending on the game.
C – Go to “Config”, Select the audio tab, and you may want to change the Audio Backend to “XAudio2” for a potential performance improvement.
Music used: Milkshake by Aaron Spencer
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Graphics Drivers (AMD):
Graphics Drivers (Nvidia):
Graphics Drivers (Intel):
C++ 2015 x86:
C++ 2015 x64:
________________________________Common Issues & Errors w/ Fixes________________________________