How To Play Gamecube Games On Pc

This page explains how to rip GameCube and Wii games and/or saves to be used on Dolphin. Ripping games and saves using a Wii or Wii U console will require you to have homebrew software installed. See Homebrew Channel for instructions on how to use it, and see Homebrew setup for installation instructions. The term 'vWii' means a Wii U console running in Wii mode.

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  • 2Ripping Discs Using CleanRip
  • 5Retrieving Game Saves

Ripping Discs Using a Computer

Certain old models of PC DVD drives are able to rip game discs with Rawdump or Friidump.

How to Download and Install Gamecube Download for PC or MAC: Open the emulator software from the start menu or desktop shortcut in your PC. Associate or set up your Google account with the emulator.

It's generally easier and faster to rip game discs via a Wii console, if you have one:

Ripping Discs Using CleanRip

CleanRip can rip a game disc to an SD card or an external USB storage device. It requires your Wii or vWii system to have the Homebrew Channel.

GameCube Discs

No GameCube titles take up more than 1.36 GiB (Gibibyte, or 10243 bytes). It's generally a good idea to set Chunk Size to max, so that your ISO isn't split into parts. GameCube discs can store a maximum of 1.36 GiB, so the entire ISO can fit on a FAT32 drive. Simply follow the instructions on-screen and you'll be able to put the game straight from the SD card or USB drive into Dolphin.

Wii Discs

In order to rip a Wii disc, a storage device with more than 4.7 GiB of free space is recommended for single layer, 8.54 GiB for dual layer. However, by dividing the disc into chunks, an SD card with even a single gibibyte of free space is sufficient.

At the CleanRip Setup screen, set Chunk Size to 'Max', and New device per chunk to 'No' is recommended with SD cards or external USB storage devices large enough to hold the entirety of the ripped disc file at once. Otherwise, set Chunk Size to max possible ('1GB', '2GB', '3GB', or 'Max') and set New device per chunk to 'Yes' and when CleanRip is asking for the next device, remove it from the Wii and move the first or so ISO file to free up space and use it again. When all pieces have been received, check in the next subsection.

  • CleanRip will split the ripped disc file with more than 4 GiB in file size regardless to fit the FAT, FAT16, or FAT32 file systems. These file systems have a max file size of 4 GiB. To remedy this, it is recommended to rip discs to a USB external NTFS formatted storage device (as Wii cannot read NTFS formatted SD cards). The NTFS file system has a theoretical max file size of 16 EiB (Exabyte), or 16,777,216GiB.
  • Certain Wii discs are dual layer (or DVD9) instead of single layer (or DVD5). CleanRip will need to be configured in order to rip those kinds of discs. At the Wii Disc Ripper Setup screen, set Dual Layer to Yes. The rip will take roughly double the time than usual Wii discs of 4.38 GiB as the dual layer ISOs are 7.93 GiB in size.

Joining Split Files

Disc image in split parts will need to join before dolphin can read it. A simple command from command prompt and terminal can do it! Use the example command for your system. Use the 'cd' command to change directory to the files location. The example command is assumed on CleanRip's 'GAMEID.part#.iso' filename nomenclature.



Linux / macOS

Ripping Discs Using USB Loader GX

A Wii or vWii with the latest version of USB Loader GX and certain cIOS (such as d2x-cios) installed can rip Wii game discs. The Wii system may also be able to rip GameCube game discs as long as DIOS MIOS is installed. Wiis sold after late 2011 and Wii Us lack the GameCube controller and memory card ports, and can make no use of DIOS MIOS. CleanRip is recommended over USB Loader GX for not requiring any cIOS and it does not leave out any data when ripping (USB Loader GX leaves out unused data).

The USB Loader GX will ask the user two options when inserting a game disc: Install or Mount DVD drive; choose 'Install'. It will begin the ripping process to the storage device:

  • For Wii: X:wbfsGAMEID_*GAMEID.wbfs (and GAMEID.wbf1 as continuation file, if source is over 4,194,272 KiB)
    • Dolphin build version 3.5 and later can accept Wii games in WBFS format.
  • For GameCube: X:games* [GAMEID]game.iso (NOTE: file system must be FAT32)

Exporting Wii Channels

In order to turn a channel installed on a Wii or vWii into a WAD file that can be played in Dolphin, follow this guide. When asked if you want to fakesign the ticket or TMD, you should press B. (Most fakesigned WAD files do work in Dolphin, but they don't work better than correctly signed WAD files, and Dolphin may show warnings about them.)

Alternatively, if you do not want to use WAD files, you can copy the whole NAND memory of a console into Dolphin by following the NAND Usage Guide. This not only copies all channels that are installed on the console, but afterwards, you can also transfer channels between the console and Dolphin by using an SD card and the Wii Menu's data management screen.

Retrieving Game Saves

GameCube Memory Card

A homebrewed Wii with GameCube memory card ports or GameCube with SD Gecko is required.

Download GameCube/Wii Memory Manager (GCMM for short) and launch it through Homebrew Channel on the Wii. It's a homebrew app that can transfer save files between a real GameCube Memory Card and an SD card. It can extract an individual save as .GCI file or dump the entire contents (RAW or batch dump .GCI files) from a real memory card to the root of SD card. For the purpose of this guide you should extract what you need for Dolphin onto the SD card. Then they should be placed into GC for Dolphin to use while emulating a game. It is also possible for the data that was created with Dolphin to be added back into the real GameCube Memory Card using GCMM and an SD card.

Wii/vWii Internal Storage

This section is for ripping individual saves to be used on Dolphin. To dump an entire Wii's internal storage for use with Dolphin, skip this section and move ahead to NAND Usage Guide.

Download SaveGame Manager GX and launch it through Homebrew Channel on the Wii or vWii. It's a homebrew app that can transfer save files between the console's internal storage and an SD card. It can extract an individual save from the Wii's internal storage for Dolphin to use. Like GCMM, it is possible for save files that were created in Dolphin to be added back to the Wii by selecting the game in Dolphin to export the Wii save into a X:privatewii[GAMEID] format, then adding it back into the real console's NAND using SaveGame Manager GX and an SD card.

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Want to play GameCube games on your PC, but do not know where to start? In this guide, I take you through Dolphin emulator setup and can have you playing GameCube games in minutes.

How To Play Gamecube Games On Pc Dolphin

Nintendo GameCube emulation with Dolphin surprisingly first came about in 2003 when the first version of Dolphin was released. This was at a time when the GameCube was still Nintendo’s main console! Although it was more of a conceptual release, it proved that Nintendo GameCube emulation was possible at the time. In 2008, Dolphin became an open source project, which is when the rate of development and quality of emulation really ramped up. Since then, it has established itself as the best choice for Nintendo GameCube and Wii emulation, plus, it is one of the most simple emulators to get up and running with.

What do I Need?

There are few things you’ll want to have in place before you proceed:

  • A PC which ‘more or less’ meets the minimum requirements detailed on the Dolphin website (It is best to evaluate your own machine by testing how well Dolphin works for you) – Check out the FAQs on the Dolphin site for all the details around system requirements if you wish to read more –
  • A 64-bit installation of Windows 7 (SP1) upwards as your OS. Older versions of Dolphin will work on 32-bit installations of Windows.
  • A Wireless/Bluetooth/USB controller – For this demonstration I am using an Xbox One controller, but the configuration process is the same for other controllers too.
  • A GameCube game image/ISO to use – You’ll need to source this yourself.

How to Install Dolphin Emulator

Visit and click the download link, which will take you to the downloads page.

If you do not have the 64-bit Visual C++ redistributable for Visual Studio 2019 already installed, click the link highlighted in red, download and install this prior to downloading Dolphin.

We shall download the latest beta version, which will include many of the latest developments since the release of the latest stable version. So, click the Windows x64 button to download. Once downloaded, Dolphin will need to be unpacked from it’s archive using something such as WinRAR to do so.

The beta version will not have it’s own installer, it’s a standalone application, so simply copy the Dolphin-x64 folder wherever you wish on your PC.

Open up the Dolpin-x64 folder and run the Dolphin.exe file. You will now see the main Dolphin interface appear. It is here where you can access all of the necessary functions to get up and running.

Dolphin Controller Setup

First of all, ensure your controller is connected to your PC either by cable or wirelessly. Once you have your controller connected, click the ‘Controllers’ icon.

Next, under the GameCube Controllers section, click ‘Configure’ for the Port 1 controller. It is here where we will configure our controller to act as a GameCube controller.

Select in the ‘Device’ drop down menu either Xinput or Dinput – Depending on which controller you are using. For example, an Xbox One Controller will use Xinput, change this according to your own needs.

Once you have done this, you can then begin to configure your controller by mapping your controller buttons to the on screen GameCube buttons. For example, click the ‘Button A’ button on screen, then press the button on your controller to which you wish this to be mapped to. Then simply repeat the process for all buttons, D-Pad, Control Stick, C Stick and Triggers.

Once you have done this, you can save your settings by giving this configuration a name in the ‘Profile’ box, then clicking ‘Save’, this means you can easily recall your settings at any time. You should only have to set up your controller once, as the last saved configuration will be used as default.

If you require additional controllers to be set up for multiplayer, repeat this process but for Ports 2 – 4 as necessary.

How to Add Games to Dolphin Emulator

You will need to source your own GameCube games to use with Dolphin, but if you already have a collection, Dolphin has a nice list or grid view that makes viewing your game library nice and easy. Simply go to, Options -> Configuration

Open the ‘Paths’ tab and click ‘Add’ under the Game Folders section, add the directory where you games are stored, you should then see them appear in the main Dolphin window.

Dolphin Graphics Settings

Dolphin has a range of settings that can enhance the resolution and rendering of your GameCube games, I recommend having a play around with the settings to suit your requirements and taste. But for now, let’s set up a few basic tweaks and get a game running. If you want more details as to what each of the options does, hover over it and you’ll get a brief description in the lower section of the Dolphin window.

First, click on the ‘Graphics’ icon in the Dolphin window. Next, depending upon your graphics card you have installed, let’s set the ‘Backend’ drop down menu under the ‘General’ tab, select Direct3D11 and select your GPU in the ‘Adapter’ section, or simply leave the Backend setting as OpenGL.

How To Play Gamecube Games On Pc 2018

Tick ‘Use Fullscreen’ if you wish to run GameCube games in fullscreen rather than within a reduced window.

Next, in the ‘Shader Compilation’ section, if you have a reasonably good GPU installed to your PC, select ‘Synchronous (Ubershaders)’, or if you have a lower end system, select just ‘Synchronous’. If you have any performance issues when running games, you can also tick ‘Compile Shaders Before Starting’, this will essentially make the game take longer to boot, but will have a more consistent performance if you have a lower spec system.

Next, go to the ‘Enhancements’ tab and select the following:-

Internal Resolution: Auto, alternatively select your native monitor resolution if you know this is the setting you want.

Next, set Anti-Aliasing to 4xMSAA

This will provide a decent level of up-scaling and anti-aliasing to the game. Do play around with these settings to see what suits you in terms of emulator performance and visual fidelity.

Launch a Game

Finally, we’ll want to launch a game to play! Simply double click on a game in the list in the Dolphin window.

Dolphin Memory Card Management

One useful thing to know is how Dolphin handles GameCube memory cards which hold crucial save game data. Simply proceed when the game asks you if you want to save your game to a memory card and Dolphin will automatically create a memory card/save file for you which is then automatically picked up next time you load the game.

Alternatively, there is a memory card management section in Dolphin where you can create ‘virtual’ memory cards which can be saved to and then managed in Dolphin as required.

So in terms of getting up and running and displaying your GameCube games in a nice high quality upscaled resolution, you are already there!

I hope this guide has been useful in helping you get up and running playing GameCube games in Dolphin. If you have any questions or any tips of your own, do leave them in the comments below or on the Video guide as I love to help out where I can and to learn new tricks myself.

Frequently asked questions

Dolphin has a range of excellent features that will enhance your GameCube games to 4k and beyond! There are also enhancements to improve anti aliasing, filters and post processing effects to play with. We cover the basics in getting Dolphin to display in a higher resolution and applying improved anti aliasing here.

Installing and setting up Dolphin Emulator to play GameCube games is easy. Look at the start of our Dolphin Emulator setup guide to help you get started here.

How To Play Wii Games On Dolphin

Setting up an Xbox Controller on the Dolphin Emulator is very easy and is included in our how to set up Dolphin Emulator for PC guide here.