The Dolphin GameCube Emulator Runs Perfectly on the Samsung Galaxy S8

The Dolphin GameCube Emulator Runs Perfectly on the Samsung Galaxy S8

How powerful is Samsung's new phone? Powerful enough to Smash.

The mobile marketplace is inundated with techno-babble, which can make it hard to suss out how powerful a phone or tablet actually is. If you don't understand half the words in a technical breakdown of a device, how are you supposed to gauge its power?

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Emulators are an effective, albeit legally grey means of determining how much muscle a portable device has behind its circuits. That said, one man recently learned Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 can run the GameCube emulator, Dolphin, with ease.

The proprietor of the Guru Aid Tech Support YouTube channel filmed himself playing several GameCube games on a Galaxy S8 demo station. Super Smash Bros Melee, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, and Super Mario Sunshine all seemingly run without any issue or significant frame rate drops. Mario Kart Double Dash also runs perfectly.

It's an impressive show of power from the Galaxy S8, and it's enough to make you say "Wow, Nintendo and the Switch might be in trouble." Then you remember Nintendo is the one making the games that people want to emulate in the first place. In fact, the Switch will probably receive GameCube games via its Virtual Console service (whenever that goes live). If Nintendo drags its feet and people are forced to wait too long for certain games, however, they may be tempted into downloading the forbidden fruit.

The games industry is a strange and confusing place.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 goes on sale April 21.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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