Mac Gamecube Emulator

I decided to write a tutorial on how to setup a Gamecube emulator on the Mac and use a PS3 or Xbox 36o controller to play your favorite games. So the first thing that your’e going to want to do is download the Dolphin emulator for the Mac, which can be downloaded here. It’s cleverly called Dolphin because that was the Gamecube’s codename during development also the GPU was referenced as flipper. Also this emulator will play Wii games, but I’m not going to get into that in this post. After downloading the emulator, you’ll want download some ROMs (games) at, here is will you’ll find all the Gamecube roms you could ever want to play. Once you download some roms you can simply boot them up in the dolphin app. Now to connect a PS3 controller you must turn on the bluetooth on your Mac then add the PS3 controller to the list of devices. So once you connect the PS3 controller to the Mac, tap the center button on the PS3, then unplug the devices and the controller should be added. You can download a driver for an Xbox 360 controller to work. Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 7.22.02 PM So to use the PS3 controller simply click the GCPad button and map all the buttons for the Gamecube controller to the PS3 buttons. Once this is all setup, your done and ready to start playing some classic Gamecube games!   gamecube_logo_animated_by_starfoxzeldametriod-d5473yu



  1. anonymous · May 27, 2014

    my mac wants me to enter a code in order to connect but I have to enter the same code into the controller, which, for obvious reasons, I can’t.. any way to circumvent this?

    • Nick Hayward · May 27, 2014

      Have you tried running just via the keyboard first. Then connect the controller after.

    • Nick Hayward · July 4, 2014

      Did you plug the ps3 controller in first? (If that’s what you’re using)

  2. · July 4, 2014

    Biig thanks for a great piee of gaming news.

  3. John · October 22, 2014

    The Dolphin site listed in this article is incorrect. The official Dolphin download page is:

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