While Nintendo won’t offer classic games outside their online subscription, we’ve learned GameCube emulation via Dolphin is now running on Steam Deck.
The news that GameCube emulation via Dolphin is now running on Steam Deck comes via the Dolphin Emulator dev’s Twitter, who posted the above photo of arguably the best racing game ever made, F-Zero GX, running on the Steam Deck. F-Zero GX was tragically only released for the GameCube, and hasn’t really been topped ever since.
The above photo of Dolphin running on the Steam Deck is big news, as this is the first thing they’ve posted in months, and while RetroArch offers emulation directly through Steam.. the Dolphin emulator is not supported. Valve has pledged to keep the handheld gaming PC open, however, stating they’ll allow installs outside of SteamOS.
Folks behind the Dolphin emulator were immediately working on getting their software running on Steam Deck, saying (via PC Gamer) they have “relatively high hopes” for the Steam Deck.
Nintendo, on the other hand, are shutting down the Wii U and 3DS online eShop stores, effectively cutting off legal purchasing options for a ton of classic games. As previously mentioned, they also have “no plans” to offer classic games outside their trickle of releases for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.
Valve’s Steam Deck is available for pre-order in three flavors: $399 (64GB), $529 (256GB), and $649 (512GB), over on the Steam store, and is set to launch on February 25th.
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