Dolphin – The only Wii, GameCube, and Triforce Emulator
So you want to relive the golden days playing Super Smash Bros. Melee or The Legend of Zelda – Twilight Princess? Or you want to get fit playing WiiFit on your Ubuntu machine? You can do it, and its really simple! This guide will walk you through the step by step process to install Dolphin, the best Wii, Gamecube, and Triforce emulator on Ubuntu. For this guide we are using 13.04 Raring Ringtail and Dolphin 3.5.
Dolphin is a Gamecube, Wii and Triforce (the arcade machine based on the Gamecube) emulator which supports many extra features and abilities not present on the original consoles. Gamecube and Wii compatibility is good – one can expect “mainstream” titles to run; lesser known titles can be hit or miss. Triforce compatibility is currently limited to a couple of games – others require more of the Triforce-specific peripheral devices to be emulated. Check (and update!) the Compatibility Wiki for more specific information.
First open up the Terminal and type in the following command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:glennric/dolphin-emu
What this command does is add the repositories (or download locations) of the dolphin build. They do not come preinstalled on Ubuntu so we need to add them. Next update the repository list.
sudo apt-get update
Now after adding the repository and updating the lists, we can install Dolphin on Ubuntu by running the next command
sudo apt-get install dolphin-emu
This will now install the Dolphin emulator. After installing the Dolphin emulator, you can run it in terminal by typing:
And there you have it! You successfully installed Dolphin 3.5 on your Ubuntu machine. Pretty simple huh? Enjoy your day of nostalgia! Be sure to keep it safe and keep it legal! Use games that you already own and be careful when downloading backups. Want to enjoy more nostalgic gaming on your linux system? How about installing the classic SNES or the original NES with only a few more commands!