How To Play Gamecube & Wii Games Natively On Oculus Quest

Players will need a bluetooth controller and their own ROM files.

Those familiar with the world of video game emulation are no doubt familiar with the open-source console emulator Dolphin. Originally released in 2003 on Windows, this brilliant piece of software allows players to run Nintendo Gamecube and Wii console games on their Windows, macOS, and Android devices.

Last year a user going by the name Pixelacos on YouTube posted a video of Dolphin running natively on an Oculus Quest headset. The VR emulator, while rough, does a commendable job at running Gamecube and Wii games in 2D on the Quest, especially considering the standalone headsets’ limited processing power. Some games work better than others according to Pixelacos, though to get any Nintendo game running natively on Oculus hardware is a feat in its own right.

Here’s how to get started playing Gamecube and Nintendo Wii games on your Quest headset today:

  1. Download and install SideQuest to your Windows PC or Mac. Be sure you have your Oculus Quest headset set to Developer Mode.
  2. Download and sideload the modified Dolphin emulator to your headset via SideQuest.
  3. Gather your ROM files and copy them to your Quest.

Those interested will need a Bluetooth controller and a computer capable of running SideQuest. You will also need to provide your own ROM files for the games you wish to play.

Feature Image Credit: Pixelacos Gameplays

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