The Dolphin emulator has been bringing Wii and GameCube games to Windows, Android, macOS and Linux computers and devices for some time. Now iOS users can join in on the fun with DolphiniOS.
Stable version of DolphiniOS now available
PiunikaWeb spotted the stable release of DolphiniOS, which was announced by Oatmealdome.me. The first build of the emulator was released last week, but the creators also included a warning with it stating that it could cause some problems. Now just a week later, a stable version of DolphiniOS is live.
The emulator allows iPhone and iPad users to play Wii and GameCube games on their devices. However, in order to do that, the device must also be jailbroken. It has been reported that the iOS version of the emulator only works on devices that were jailbroken using the checkra1n tool, but some are reporting via Reddit that it also works on devices that were jailbroken using unc0ver, Chimera and u0.
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How to install the Dolphin emulator on iOS devices
DolphiniOS does require Cydia, and you can download it via the repository here. Just click “Add to Cydia” on that page. Next, look for DolphiniOS. Then to add games to the library, look for the + sign in the top-right corner.
The emulator doesn’t require users to pirate games for their library either. It’s easy to rip games from Wii and GameCube discs. The easiest way to rip a game disc is to do so on a Wii using CleanRip, which rips it to an SD card or USB drive. The Wii must have the Homebrew Channel to be able to do this. There’s a detailed tutorial on how to do that here.
At this point, DolphiniOS only works on jailbroken iPhones and iPads, although it’s possible that the developer might one day get it to work on non-jailbroken devices. If you really want to try the emulator out and haven’t jailbroken your device, the easiest way to do it is using checkra1n. There’s a tutorial explaining how to do that here.
If you have a newer iPhone model from this year or last year, checkra1 won’t work, unfortunately. You will have to use the unc0ver or Chimera tools instead, which is a bit more involved.