Dolphin is an emulator mainly designed to allow users to play ROMs for Gamecube, and has added support recently to also function as a Nintendo Wii Emulator. The programs functions are rather preliminary and has limited support for a wide variety of different games, though some that do work include Zelda, Pikmin and Mario Sunshine (though without sound). Other games have been tested and work with both audio and video.
Several games designed for the Wii system work alright, but as with any emulator during the lifecycle of any current generation console, support for games is unstable and not totally reliable.
In the latest version, many things have been patched and bugs have been fixed. Development of this program is rapid and as of today, many games are playable which weren't many months ago.
One thing to note is that Dolphin is actually able to play games in 1080p, something that the actual consoles that it emulates are completely incapable of.
Dolphin Emulator is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from console emulators without restrictions. Dolphin Emulator 4.0.2 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
Compatibility with this Gamecube emulator software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from Dolphin Team.
We have tested Dolphin Emulator 4.0.2 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]