Don’t want to invest in a Nintendo Switch or 3DS to take games on the go? Rather have them on a phone instead of a dedicated gaming machine? Well, if the increasing power of smartphones is any indication, it is becoming easier to run higher fidelity games on these mobile devices. Although, it’s not exactly legal.
New footage has surfaced showing some of the Nintendo GameCube’s most popular games running on the new Samsung Galaxy S8 using the Dolphin Emulator. In this video, posted by GuruAidTechSupport, gamers can see Super Mario Sunshine, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker running on the S8:
The three games were originally released in 2001 and 2002 for the GameCube, and run on the Galaxy S8 using the popular Dolphin Emulator, which is primarily used to emulate GameCube and Wii games on the PC, but has in recent years been made available on Android devices as well.
As can be seen in the video, these three games are running impressively smooth. That’s not the end of possibilities for the games that could run on the S8 with the Dolphin emulator, though. In fact, the GameCube’s entire library is available on the Dolphin emulator. However, that doesn’t mean everyone can or should run these games.
There is a lot of grey area surrounding emulators including Dolphin, which was created by a group of coders that emulated the GameCube’s library unofficially and independently of Nintendo. Despite all the projects that Nintendo has shut down, the company has yet to shutter the Dolphin emulator and those behind it.
While Dolphin can be seen as piracy, it is also a way for gamers to preserve the games of the GameCube and to be able to play them on modern devices, instead of having to wait for Nintendo to remaster them or port them to a newer console like the Switch.
It all shows that even though emulators have been around for Android and mobile phones for a while now, the increasing power of these devices is making it possible to play higher fidelity games on them. In fact, devices like the Galaxy S8 have more RAM and higher specs than the original GameCube console. It definitely makes the future look bright for more games on these ubiquitous devices.