DolphiniOS - Nintendo Wii and GameCube iOS emulator

kuba - Tuesday, 17 December 2019
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DolphiniOS - Nintendo Wii and GameCube iOS emulator

DolphiniOS is a free Nintendo Wii and GameCube console emulator for iOS that can be installed on jailbroken devices. Play games from two recent Nintendo consoles on your mobile screen for free. Download DolphiniOS emulator for iOS from the official Cydia Repository.

What is DolphiniOS emulator?

DolphiniOS emulator for iOS allows you to play your favorite Nintendo Wii and GameCube games on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The emulator is available for free and works on iOS 12 and iOS 13. Import the game files (ROM) to the emulator and start playing using iPhone's on-screen controls.

The Nintendo Wii and GameCube support a variety of dump formats including uncompressed GCM/ISO, GCZ, CISO, and WBFS. For the moment DolphiniOS emulator doesn't offer any options to configure. You can only import supported ROM files to the emulator and play the game.

DolphiniOS emulator for iOS

DolphiniOS displays all controls on the iPhone screen. The application is based on open-source Dolphin emulator for Desktop. After jailbreaking iOS using tools like unc0ver or checkra1n you can play Nintendo games on iOS devices. There is no need to own Nintendo Wii or GameCube consoles.

To add Nintendo Wii or GameCube games to DolphiniOS library, simply tap the plus icon on the top right corner and select your ROM. If you download games form the Internet remember to extract the files from ZIP archives. On iOS 12 and iOS 13 you can then easily share the ROM file to DolphiniOS app.

Mario Kart Wii (Wii) and Super Mario Sunshine (GameCube) works on iPhone 7, the games run at full speed pretty much but for some reason, the frame rate drops a bit occasionally on both.

How to install DolphiniOS

DolphiniOS is available only for jailbroken devices therefore it's required to jailbreak your device. It's recommended to run the emulator app on checkra1n jailbreak. For the moment there is no official DolphiniOS IPA available for download, and no 3rd part App Store offers the emulator to download.

Step 1. Download checkra1n for Mac OS.

Step 2. Open the dmg package.

Step 3. Move the app to the Application folder.

Step 4. Open the checkra1n app.

Step 5. Connect your iPhone to PC or Mac using USB cable.

Step 6. Click start to jailbreak your device.

Step 7. checkra1n will activate Recovery Mode.

Step 8. Enter DFU mode (screen must stay black) on your iDevice.

Step 9. Wait till the device will boot into jailbreak mode.

Step 10. Lunch checkra1n loader from home screen.

Step 11. Install Cydia to access tweaks.

Alternatively, if you don't own a PC or Mac use unc0ver jailbreak tool that can be installed on your device directly from the Safari browser. unc0ver supports only iOS 11 - iOS 12 devices.

Add DolphiniOS Repo

You are just a few steps from installing the app from Cydia Sources on a jailbroken iOS device. To add DolphiniOS Repository to your list of Cydia Sources follow our step-by-step guide.

Step 1. Open the Cydia app on your device.

Step 2. Tap Sources → Edit → Add the official DolphiniOS repo.

Step 3. Switch to Search Tab and type DolphiniOS.

Step 4. Tap the Install button.

Step 5. The app icon will be available from the home screen.

DolphiniOS

Add games to DolphiniOS app

DolphiniOS supports both Nintendo Wii and GameCube games. Download the ROM files directly on your iPhone and import them to the emulator or alternatively copy the files using a file manager.

Step 1. Install Filza file manager on your iOS.

Step 2. Download the game ROM file to iCloud.

Step 3. Extract the archive from ZIP or .7Z.

Step 4. Move the ROM file to /var/mobile/Documents/ DolphiniOS/Software folder.

Step 5. Refresh the game list in DolphiniOS (pull down to refresh) for the games to appear.

DolphiniOS Games

On iOS 13 you can also easily download the file in Safari to iCloud Download folder. Next, it's required to extract the ROM archive. Tap on the dumped ROM file and send it to DolphiniOS.

Download DolphiniOS IPA

We provide for you also an unofficial DolphiniOS IPA for download. You can install the Nintendo Wii and GameCube iOS emulator on non-jailbroken devices using Cydia Impactor. The option works for the moment only with a paid developer certificate. Free Apple certificate doesn't work.

Step 1. Download Cydia Impactor, and unzip the file.

Step 2. Download DolphiniOS.IPA (55 MB) for iOS 13.

Step 3. Open Cydia Impactor and navigate to Device → Install Package.

Step 4. Select the DolphiniOS .ipa version 1.0 file to install.

Install DolphiniOS IPA

Step 6. Enter your AppleID and app-specific password to sign apps not provided by Apple.

Step 7. Add the certificate to trusted from Settings → General → Device Management.

Step 8. Create a DolphiniOS folder in the files app and extract this Archive.zip there.

Step 9. Import Nintendo games into a DolphiniOS/Software folder.

Sideloading the IPA file has some major downsides. If you didn't buy the Apple Developer Certificate, the free one allows you to sing up to 3 apps per device and the certificate is valid only for 7 days. The application will be not revoked but after 7 days it is required to re-sing the file again.