Emulators and mobile phones have been a strong pairing for a long time. Each new generation of smart phone seems to bring whole new possibilities and now it is getting crazier. GuruAidTechSupport uploaded a video that has gotten the internet buzzing, showing off full GameCube games running off the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8.
The emulator in question is Dolphin, one of the most respected emulators to ever hit the gaming world. Known for a long time being the best for GameCube and Wii emulation on the PC, it seems it has finally found enough power on mobile. Dolphin has been on Android for some time in a more experimental capacity. You could load up a GameCube game on previous generation phones, but the performance was never where it needed to be to make it worth it.
In the video, Super Mario Sunshine, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Smash Bros. Melee are put on full display and they are running incredibly well. While the on-screen buttons look like nothing short of a nightmare, it helps that Android has been pretty open about Bluetooth controllers. With that small nuisance taken care of, it really becomes something magical.
It will be interesting to see Nintendo’s response to all this. Nintendo have made it clear that they are heavily against emulation and Roms (despite allegedly reselling of them). Any counterargument that could be used has been dismissed in nearly every FAQ on official channels. With the Switch’s Virtual Console still forthcoming, fans who want to replay some old GameCube gems might just bite on mobile until the Big N sorts out a plan for Switch users.
Regardless of your personal feelings on emulation and the morality of such developments, it is still incredible to see where emulation is going. From the recent Cemu (Wii U emulator) growth and functionality to PlayStation 3 emulation becoming an actuality, now mobile devices are moving into the territory hot and strong with a whole new generation. Just don’t expect an Original Xbox emulator anytime soon (or ever for that matter).