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So you are looking to play some Wii games or maybe even play some old classics from the Gamecube days,  if so then Dolphin Emulator is the answer.   If this is your first time messing with an emulator have no fear, Dolphin is by far one of the easiest to set up, let me show you how.

While the stable version hasn’t been updated in 2+ years, there is constant development that is happening as we speak.  If you were to use that older version of Dolphin you’d run in to a lot of issues.  To keep the issues at a minimum it is best to update to the latest development build of Dolphin.  It’s extremely easy to do and here are the steps.

  1. First you want to grab the latest stable version of Dolphin first since it’s an executable file and will be easier to install.  As of writing this the latest version is 4.0.2.  Run through the installer and continue with the next step.

    Last updated 2+ years, YIKES!!

    Last updated 2+ years, YIKES!!

  2. One requirement that many people forget to see when trying to use a development build is that 64-bit Visual C++ redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 is required.   If you do not install it you will run into errors.
  3. Once both of those are installed you can download the latest development build that is available.  Unfortunately if for some reason you do not have a 64-bit operating system, only development build version available, you’re computer probably is unable to handle Dolphin anyways.  Latest Development Build

    Updated 1 day ago, that's more like it :).

    Updated 1 day ago, that’s more like it :).

  4. Now all you need to do is to extract the development build into your existing installation of Dolphin.  You’ll want to overwrite any existing files if prompted.
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Copy and overwrite all files.

 

That is all there is to it.  You can now start Dolphin and you will have the latest development build, although latest temporarily, and should provide a smoother overall gaming experience.

Check back later for more Dolphin related posts as I myself have just stumbled upon this great piece of emulation software.

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