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Dolwin 0.11


Dolwin is work-in-progress emulator of Nintendo GameCube console.


The goal of the emulator is to research the hardware features of GameCube and reverse engineer technologies used to develop games for this platform. GameCube is the hardware masterpiece of Nintendo engineers and it's a pleasure to explore this device and discover something new for yourself.


This project is revived from 2004 in 2020.


Dolwin 0.11 Release Notes

This release is still in WIP status.


What's new compared to 0.10

Fuh, it’s hard to tell in a nutshell, but I’ll try.


Firstly, the development has been restarted since 2004. Can you imagine what fossils you had to work with. Major changes:

  • Multithreading: the emulator engine is prepared for multitask execution of all components. Now the interface, processor emulation, DSP and non-invasive debugger can simultaneously work on the background. All this can be stopped and run separately at any time.
  • Basic emulation of GameCube DSP. It’s enough that the games do not hang at the very beginning. In future releases, support will be improved for sound output.
  • The new JDI infrastructure has been added to the debugger (more details can be found here: https://github.com/ogamespec/dolwin/blob/master/Docs/EMU/JsonDebugInterface.md)
  • The interface is translated to Unicode, the settings are now stored in Json. The settings themselves are greatly simplified.
  • The source code is cleaned and divided into sub-projects
  • Plans for the next releases can be viewed on GitHub: https://github.com/ogamespec/dolwin/milestones


PS. This is not an April's joke, by the way Dolwin 0.10 was also released on April 1 :P



To run it requires DSP ROM dumps (known as dsp_irom.bin and dsp_coef.bin) and preferably GameCube IPL BIOS dumps (original 2 MByte encrypted dumps). Altered versions of IPL.bin are not supported.


Generally speaking, the launch of something is not guaranteed, as mentioned above, the emulator is still in the WIP stage :P



GitHub: https://github.com/ogamespec/dolwin

Discord: https://discord.gg/Ehz8PYA

Russian IRC channel: #emu-russia (NewNet)







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