June has been a big month for the team working on the Dolphin emulator, which allows users to play GameCube and Wii games on their PC. In addition to getting Virtual Console games up and running, they’ve also managed to get GameCube games working on an Android device (albeit one that few of you will own).
Dolphin has been out on Android for a little while now, but mostly as a testbed, since nobody’s phone is powerful enough to get any games working in an acceptable state. Work continues, and progress has been made, but there’s only so much you can do with the hardware of today’s Android handsets. The thing with Android, though, is that it’s not just restricted to phones.
Nvidia’s Shield TV, with a Tegra X1 chip, also runs Android, and it is powerful enough. So here it is, running a selection of some of the GameCube’s greatest hits. Not all of them are perfect, but they’re all certainly playable.
If that wasn’t enough, they’ve also managed to improve the PC version of Dolphin to the point where it can now support 5k resolutions. Which is just a tiny bit more than Nintendo were anticipating when they built the console.
One last update: in March, they got virtual GBA support working properly within GameCube games!