Emulation is always a dicey prospect for games, as improper emulation and bad coding can lead to unforeseen glitches and other problems. However, the Wii emulator known as Dolphin has apparently become such a polished version of the console that players can buy games off of the Wii Shop Channel.
With this feature, along with its current makeup, Dolphin allows its users to play games like Xenoblade Chronicles, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Super Mario Galaxy in glorious high definition. This is especially impressive considering that the Wii was previously limited to mainly 480p resolution.
And in addition to the store, the Wii emulator can also allow players to put their games onto an SD card, something else you could do with an actual Wii. For an emulator to have this much accuracy to the legitimate console’s features is frankly astounding, and is a testament to the work that Dolphin’s makers have put into making it run properly.
However, being an emulator, Dolphin does have its limits. The Wii emulator isn’t officially blessed by Nintendo, so if you’re looking to really get mileage out of it you may be in over your head. On the upside, it keeps gamers from having to pirate games or be stuck with outdated hardware, so perhaps the emulation isn’t all that bad.
If you’re one of those gamers that makes ample use of emulators and wants to try out Dolphin for yourself, it’s a bit of a hassle to put together, but there are plenty of handy guides out there that will allow you to install the emulator onto your PC so that you can start playing older Nintendo games that aren’t on the Wii U. And, if you want to buy some games off the Wii Shop Channel for yourself, go try it out.