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Nintendo GameCube Emulators
Nintendo GameCube emulators for Windows.
Emulation of this console is currently in the early stages of development and as such, no emulators on this platform have been placed in the Editor’s Choice or Recommended categories. Emulators for this platform may vary greatly in capabilities. Some may be capable of playing many games while others may only boot the system BIOS and run homebrew demos. Emulators for this console will likely require powerful computer hardware and a lot of patience. Please read the documentation supplied with any emulator you download thoroughly.

Other Emulators

Emulators in this category are generally considered early in development or have not reached a level of compatibility, performance and stability that would be suitable for gaming. These emulators are considered works-in-progress.

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Dolphin is one of the most advanced GameCube and Wii emulators, capable of running many titles playably. As with all next-gen emulators, the hardware requirements are steep. For a CPU, the author recommends “The fastest you can find”, which would be a higher-end Athlon 64 / hyper-threaded Pentium 4 or better, a video card equal or greater to a Radeon 9500 or GeForce FX is recommended as well as 256MBs of RAM or better. The source code to Dolphin can be downloaded from Dophin's Google Code page.

v3.0 for Windows 32-bit (6/24/2011)
v3.0 for Windows 64-bit (6/24/2011)
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Dolwin is the first true GameCube emulator to appear. At the moment, Dolwin plays many homebrew demos and is beginning to show openings to some games. So far, no games are fully playable. Dolwin is available for Windows and also includes a source code package for developers.

v0.10 for Windows (1/10/2005)
v0.10 Source (1/10/2005)
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GCEmu is a proof-of-concept Gamcube emulator for Windows. This emulator is currently incomplete and would not be suitable for gaming. In it's current state, GCEemu is a emulator that would be primarily of interest other developers.

Release 20051211 for Windows (1/25/2006)
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Gcube is a very impressive GameCube emulator, available for Windows as well as Mac and Linux. Unfortunately Gcube does not have a graphical interface, and as such, is command-line driven, so reading the documentation would be advisable. Gcube is able to play into many games, but was unfortunately discontinued. However, Monk has released the source code to the emulator so any other developer is free to pick up the project and continue development.

v0.3 for Windows (12/5/2004)
v0.4 Source (1/12/2005)
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WhineCube is a promising new emulator for Windows capable of playing many homebrew games and applications. At the moment, WhineCube cannot play any games fully. The WhineCube website maintains a detailed compatibility list. The most recent release of WhineCube is only available in the form of a source code release.

Release 7 for Windows (7/26/2005)
Release 8 Source Code (10/15/2008)

Nintendo GameCube Console

What you'll need:
To use most emulators for this platform, we recommend a computer of at least the following:
  • Dual or Quad Core Processor
  • High-End Dedicated Video
  • 2GB of RAM
Emulators for this platform may also require the following:
  • System BIOS