Dolphin is a Nintendo GameCube and Wii emulator supported on Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android, as well as an official Steam project to release in Q2, 2023. It can run Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, albeit with minor graphical and performance issues not present on original hardware, Super Smash Bros. via the Wii's Virtual Console, as well as mods, including Project M and Project+. Dolphin's stability and enhancement options makes it the most viable option for emulating the supported systems.
Dolphin also features many graphical and gameplay features unavailable in the original consoles. These most notably include input recording and replaying for tool-assisted superplays, texture file replacement and extraction, and native netplay functionality.
Despite popular belief, Dolphin software in isolation is not illegal to own and operate. Several lawsuits have ruled in favor of emulators falling under fair use, such as Sega v. Accolade in 1992 and Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. v. Connectix Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment America v. Bleem in 2000, as well as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act declaring emulators as exempt from standard copyright protections. However, most methods to obtain the necessary ROMs to play games on Dolphin aside from purchasing directly from the publisher are considered piracy, which is illegal, so proceed with caution.
- ^ Super Smash Bros. Melee - Dolphin Emulator Wiki. Retrieved on 2021-03-08.
- ^ Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Dolphin Emulator Wiki. Retrieved on 2021-03-08.