Wii Sports Resort is a popular sports game that was released for the Nintendo Wii in 2009. It is a sequel to Wii Sports, and features 12 different sports activities that can be played with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, or with the Wii MotionPlus accessory for more accurate motion control. Wii Sports Resort takes place on a tropical island called Wuhu Island, where you can explore various locations and interact with other Mii characters.
But what if you don’t have a Wii console, or you want to play Wii Sports Resort with better graphics and performance? That’s where Dolphin Emulator comes in. Dolphin Emulator is a free and open-source program that can run GameCube and Wii games on your PC or Android device. It has high compatibility across the majority of titles for both platforms, and allows you to enjoy games in full HD (1080p) with several enhancements, such as compatibility with all PC controllers, turbo speed, networked multiplayer, and even more.
In this article, I will guide you through the steps of downloading, installing, and configuring Dolphin Emulator, as well as how to obtain and play Wii Sports Resort on it. Let’s get started!
Every game has different requirements, some titles may require a powerful computer or device while some other titles may not. Generally, these are the minimum and recommended requirements for running Dolphin Emulator on different platforms.
- OS: 64-bit edition of Windows (10 or higher), Linux, or macOS (macOS 10.15 Catalina or higher). Most modern Linux distributions should work given support for Dolphin’s dependencies, and FreeBSD is unsupported but also may work.
- Processor: A 64-bit x86-64 or AArch64 processor. Highly recommended to have 4 cores or more. Faster is better.
- Graphics: A graphics card that supports Direct3D 11 / OpenGL 4.4 / Vulkan 1.1 is recommended. Onboard graphics may work, but drivers may vary.
- Input device(s): Any PC input device – mouse and keyboard by default for Wii, mouse by default for GameCube. Original Nintendo GameCube controller with Smash Bros. Wii U USB adapter or original Nintendo Wii Remote via DolphinBar are also supported.
- OS: 64-bit edition of Android (5 or higher). Android 9 or higher recommended.
- Processor: A 64-bit x86-64 or AArch64 processor, as powerful as possible. For Qualcomm devices, processors with 2 or more “big cores” recommended. Snapdragon 700 or newer is typically recommended.
- Memory: 1 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB RAM or more recommended.
- Graphics: OpenGL ES 3.0 or higher, OpenGL ES 3.2 / Vulkan 1.1 is recommended. RDNA2 or Snapdragon based graphics processors give the best performance. High-end Mali graphics solutions may also provide playable framerates. All other manufacturers are not generally recommended.
- Double-click on the downloaded file (dolphin-x64-version.exe) to launch the installer.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to choose the installation directory and components.
- Click on Install to begin the installation.
- Wait for the installation to finish, then click on Finish to exit the installer.
- You can now launch Dolphin Emulator from the Start menu or desktop shortcut.
- Extract the downloaded file (dolphin-master-version-x86_64.tar.xz) to a folder of your choice.
- Open a terminal and navigate to the extracted folder.
./dolphin-emuand press Enter to run Dolphin Emulator.
- You can also create a desktop shortcut or menu entry for Dolphin Emulator if you want.
- Open the downloaded file (dolphin-master-version.dmg) to mount it as a disk image.
- Drag and drop the Dolphin Emulator icon to the Applications folder.
- Eject the disk image and open the Applications folder.
- Right-click on the Dolphin Emulator icon and select Open.
- You may see a warning message that says “Dolphin Emulator cannot be opened because it is from an unidentified developer”. Click on Open anyway to continue.
- You can now launch Dolphin Emulator from the Applications folder or dock.
- Enable Unknown sources in your device’s settings. This allows you to install apps from sources other than Google Play Store.
- Open the downloaded file (org.dolphinemu.dolphinemu_version.apk) with a file manager app or your device’s browser.
- You may see a warning message that says “This type of file can harm your device”. Tap on OK to continue.
- Tap on Install to begin the installation.
- Wait for the installation to finish, then tap on Open to launch Dolphin Emulator.
- In the General tab, make sure that Enable Dual Core (speedup) is checked. This allows Dolphin Emulator to use multiple CPU cores for better performance. You can also check Enable Cheats if you want to use cheat codes in games.
- In the Paths tab, click on Add… and browse to the folder where you have stored your Wii Sports Resort game file (more on that later). This will add the game to your Dolphin Emulator library, and you can launch it from there. You can also add more folders or remove existing ones if you want.
- In the Updates tab, you can choose whether to check for updates automatically or manually, and whether to download the latest stable or development version of Dolphin Emulator. You can also view the current version and revision of your Dolphin Emulator, and update it if there is a newer one available.
- In the General tab, you can choose the backend that Dolphin Emulator will use to render the graphics. The available backends are Direct3D 11, OpenGL, Vulkan, and Software Renderer. The best backend may vary depending on your hardware and operating system, but generally Vulkan is recommended for most cases, as it offers the best performance and compatibility. Software Renderer is only for debugging purposes and should not be used for normal gameplay.
- In the Enhancements tab, you can change the internal resolution of the games, which affects how sharp and detailed they look. The default is 1x Native (640×528), which is the original resolution of the Wii console. You can increase it to 2x Native (1280×1056), 3x Native (1920×1584), 4x Native (2560×2112), or higher if your hardware can handle it. You can also enable anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering to smooth out jagged edges and blurry textures.
- In the Hacks tab, you can enable or disable some hacks that can improve performance or compatibility in some games. For example, you can enable Skip EFB Access from CPU to speed up games that use EFB effects, such as Super Mario Galaxy. You can also enable Store EFB Copies to Texture Only to reduce stuttering in games that use EFB copies, such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. However, these hacks may also cause graphical glitches or inaccuracies in some games, so use them with caution.
- Make sure you have a Wii console that can run homebrew applications. You can do this by installing the Homebrew Channel on your Wii, following the instructions on https://wii.guide.
- Make sure you have a large enough SD card or USB drive that can store the game file. Wii Sports Resort is about 2.5 GB in size, so you need at least 4 GB of free space.
- Download CleanRip from https://wiibrew.org/wiki/CleanRip and extract the files to the apps folder on your SD card or USB drive.
- Insert your SD card or USB drive into your Wii console, and insert your Wii Sports Resort disc into the disc drive.
- Launch the Homebrew Channel on your Wii, and select CleanRip from the list of applications.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to configure CleanRip and start dumping the game. You may need to insert a second SD card or USB drive if your first one is not large enough.
- Wait for the dumping process to finish, then eject your SD card or USB drive from your Wii console.
- You should now have a file named RZTE01.iso on your SD card or USB drive. This is the game file that you can use with Dolphin Emulator.
- Search for Wii Sports Resort on a torrent site or a direct download site. You can use Google or any other search engine to find them.
- Download the game file from the site of your choice. Make sure it is in ISO or WBFS format, and that it has a good reputation and seeders.
- Scan the game file with an antivirus program to make sure it is safe and clean.
- You should now have a file named RZTE01.iso or RZTE01.wbfs on your computer or device. This is the game file that you can use with Dolphin Emulator.
- To launch the game, open Dolphin Emulator and click on Browse… in the toolbar (or press Ctrl+O) for desktop computers, or tap on the Menu button in the top-right corner and select Browse Files for Android devices. Navigate to the folder where you have stored your game file, and select it. The game should appear in your Dolphin Emulator library, and you can double-click or tap on it to start it.
- To control the game, you can use any PC input device, such as mouse and keyboard, or any compatible controller, such as Xbox 360 controller, PS4 controller, etc. You can also use an original Nintendo GameCube controller with Smash Bros. Wii U USB adapter, or an original Nintendo Wii Remote via DolphinBar. To configure your input device, click on Controllers in the toolbar (or press Ctrl+C) for desktop computers, or tap on the Menu button in the top-right corner and select Controllers for Android devices. Choose whether you want to emulate a GameCube controller or a Wii Remote, and assign buttons and axes accordingly.
- To save and load your progress in the game, you can use either in-game save files or save states. In-game save files are created by the game itself, and are stored in a virtual memory card or NAND flash memory. Save states are created by Dolphin Emulator, and are stored as files on your computer or device. Save states allow you to save and load at any point in the game, but they may not be compatible with different versions of Dolphin Emulator or different settings. To create a save state, press Shift+F1-F8 for desktop computers, or tap on Menu button in the top-right corner and select Save State Slot 1-8 for Android devices. To load a save state, press F1-F8 for desktop computers, or tap on Menu button in the top-right corner and select Load State Slot 1-8 for Android devices.
- To enhance your gaming experience, you can use some of the features and options that Dolphin Emulator offers, such as turbo speed, networked multiplayer, cheats, screenshots, etc. To access these features and options, click on the Options button in the toolbar (or press Alt+O) for desktop computers, or tap on the Menu button in the top-right corner and select Options for Android devices. You can also access some of them by right-clicking or long-pressing on the game in your Dolphin Emulator library.
- Q: Is Dolphin Emulator legal?
- A: Dolphin Emulator itself is legal, as it is a software that emulates the hardware of GameCube and Wii consoles. However, downloading or distributing games that you do not own is illegal, as it violates the copyright laws of the game developers and publishers. Therefore, you should only use games that you legally own or have dumped from your own console and disc.
- Q: How can I improve the performance of Dolphin Emulator?
- A: There are many factors that affect the performance of Dolphin Emulator, such as your hardware specifications, your operating system, your game settings, your graphics settings, etc. Some general tips to improve the performance are: update your drivers and software, close unnecessary programs and background processes, lower the internal resolution and graphics enhancements, enable dual core and skip EFB access from CPU hacks, etc. You can also check the Dolphin Wiki for specific game settings and recommendations.
- Q: How can I play Wii Sports Resort online with other players?
- A: Wii Sports Resort supports online multiplayer via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (WFC), which was discontinued in 2014. However, you can still play online with other players using a custom server called Wiimmfi. To use Wiimmfi, you need to patch your game file with a Wiimmfi patcher tool, which you can download from https://wiimmfi.de/. You also need to register your console’s MAC address and obtain a friend code from the Wiimmfi website. Then, you can connect to Wiimmfi in Dolphin Emulator by setting the DNS server to 184.108.40.206 in the Wii network settings.
- Q: How can I play Wii Sports Resort with motion controls on Dolphin Emulator?
- A: Wii Sports Resort requires the Wii MotionPlus accessory to play with motion controls. You can use an original Nintendo Wii Remote with Wii MotionPlus attached via DolphinBar or Bluetooth connection. You can also use a third-party controller that supports motion controls, such as PS4 controller or Xbox One controller. You need to configure your controller’s motion input in Dolphin Emulator’s controller settings.
- Q: How can I get more games for Dolphin Emulator?
- A: You can get more games for Dolphin Emulator by dumping them from your own GameCube or Wii console and disc, using a homebrew application such as CleanRip or FriiDump. You can also download games from the internet, but this is illegal and not recommended.
Downloading Dolphin Emulator
The first step to play Wii Sports Resort on your PC or Android device is to download Dolphin Emulator. You can get it from the official website, which is https://dolphin-emu.org. There are two versions of Dolphin Emulator available: the stable version and the development version. The stable version is more tested and reliable, but it may not have the latest features and improvements. The development version is updated frequently and has more features and fixes, but it may also have more bugs and issues. You can choose whichever version suits your preference, but I recommend the development version for better compatibility and performance.
To download Dolphin Emulator, go to the official website and click on the Download button. You will see a list of platforms and versions to choose from. For desktop computers, you can download the Windows x64, Linux x64, or macOS x64 version. For Android devices, you can download the Android APK file. You can also scan the QR code on the website with your device’s camera to download it directly. Once you have downloaded the file, you can proceed to install it.
Installing Dolphin Emulator
The installation process of Dolphin Emulator varies depending on your operating system. Here are the instructions for each platform:
Configuring Dolphin Emulator
Now that you have installed Dolphin Emulator, you need to configure some settings and options to optimize its performance and compatibility. There are many settings and options available in Dolphin Emulator, but I will only cover the most important ones in this article. You can always explore and experiment with other settings and options later if you want.
Main Configuration Window
The main configuration window of Dolphin Emulator is where you can access and change various general settings, such as language, interface, paths, updates, etc. To open it, click on the Config button in the toolbar (or press Ctrl+S) for desktop computers, or tap on the Menu button in the top-right corner and select Settings for Android devices. Here are some of the settings that you should check or change:
The graphics settings of Dolphin Emulator are where you can adjust and customize the visual aspects of the games, such as resolution, aspect ratio, anti-aliasing, texture filtering, etc. To open it, click on the Graphics button in the toolbar (or press Ctrl+G) for desktop computers, or tap on the Menu button in the top-right corner and select Graphics Settings for Android devices. Here are some of the settings that you should check or change:
Obtaining Wii Sports Resort
Before you can play Wii Sports Resort on Dolphin Emulator, you need to have a copy of the game file on your computer or device. There are two ways to obtain Wii Sports Resort: legally and illegally. The legal way is to dump the game from your own Wii console and disc, using a homebrew application called CleanRip. The illegal way is to download the game from the internet, using a torrent or a direct link. I do not condone or support piracy, and I strongly advise you to follow the legal method if you own the game. However, for the sake of completeness, I will briefly explain both methods in this section.
Dumping Wii Sports Resort from your own Wii console and disc
Downloading Wii Sports Resort from the internet
Playing Wii Sports Resort
Now that you have Dolphin Emulator and Wii Sports Resort ready, you can finally start playing the game. Here are some tips and tricks for enjoying Wii Sports Resort on Dolphin Emulator:
Wii Sports Resort is a fun and engaging game that you can play on your PC or Android device with Dolphin Emulator. Dolphin Emulator is a free and open-source program that can run GameCube and Wii games with high compatibility and various enhancements. In this article, I have shown you how to download, install, and configure Dolphin Emulator, as well as how to obtain and play Wii Sports Resort on it. I hope you have enjoyed this article and found it helpful. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below. Happy gaming!