Steam Deck - Dolphin
Image: via Twitter

The development team behind the GameCube and Wii emulator Dolphin has shared some surprising news - announcing Dolphin will be "coming soon" to Valve's Steam service in Q2 2023. You can even wishlist the free download right now.

When Dolphin launches as an early access game on the Steam Store, the team will share an article detailing the "process and features" of this particular version. Here's what the developers had to say about the initial announcement:

"We're pleased to finally tell the world of our experiment. This has been the product of many months of work, and we look forward to getting it into users' hands soon!"

It follows on from the same team receiving a Steam Deck ahead of release last year and trialing Dolphin on the unit with some exclusive titles.

Here's a bit about this version via Steam. It's also noted how "this app does not come with games" and requires you to "own an original copy of any game you want to use with Dolphin". This emulator will include support for 4K displays, modern controllers, netplay, is fully open source, and is once again a free download.

"Dolphin Emulator is your one-way ticket to nostalgia if you're looking to relive classics from the big N's cube-shaped and motion controlled consoles. Return to an era of gaming before the advent of microtransactions and experience a diverse library of thousands of titles that were released for these consoles over a span of 15+ years. Dolphin Emulator allows these classic games to be reborn into the modern era with support for 4K displays, modern controllers, and much, much more. All of this, fully Open Source and free to download."

Steam - Dolphin
Image: via Steam

This isn't the first time an emulator has been released on Steam, either. Other ones like RetroArch (supporting all sorts of classic platforms) have also been made available on Valve's digital service in the past.

What are your thoughts about Dolphin coming to Steam? Have you used this emulator before? Comment below.