Is GameCube Emulation Possible on the Nintendo 3DS?

Discussion in '3DS - Homebrew Development and Emulators' started by OctoHere, Oct 28, 2019.

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  1. OctoHere
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    It's already shown by Grezzo that ports are possible, (see Luigi's Mansion 3DS) but what about direct emulation? It'd likely run badly without REALLY good optimization, but I don't think it's completely impossible. But I'm not an expert on the technology and processing and that sort of thing. It may have to be exclusive to the New 3DS if such an emulator existed.
    Even if GameCube emulation IS impossible, we at least know that ports are not. I mainly just want to play Super Mario Sunshine on my 3DS. Maybe some unofficial ports will pop around. Who knows.
    Apologies in post if it's totally absolutely impossible and I just made myself look like an absolute clown lol.
     
  2. Shadow#1

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    LOL hell the fuck no
     
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    Short answer: no way in hell.
     
  4. Shadow#1

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    Luigi's Mansion on 3ds is a remake not a port
     
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    The new 3DS series may be comparable in terms of compute power to GameCube. But an emulating machine must be way more powerful than what it wants to emulate. To give you an idea of this: The old 3DS series struggles at emulating SNES games which had enhancement chips (Super FX, SA1).

    Building a game for another console with access to the original source code is not comparable to emulation. Nintendo won’t do this (3DS is end of life) and nobody else can do this (without an insane amount of reverse engineering… only to receive a “cease and desist”-order five minutes after publication).

    And even if you would somehow magically emulate GC on a 3DS this would look awful because of the low resolution of the 3DS. Could make text unreadable.

    I suggest you read a bit about emulation in general.

    In my opinion asking such questions is okay – as long as you accept the answers and learn about the topic afterwards. Mentioning this because there had been some specialist in the past with similar ideas who did not want to stop…

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    If I remember correctly the Switch is (perhaps with overclocking) able to run Dolphin. I think I’ve seen a video of a Switch running Mario Sunshine at decent speed.
     
  6. Shadow#1

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    Yea having the accents doesn't mean emulation
     
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    No.

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    Petermary?
     
  9. Mikitok

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    hahaha nice joke

    what next ps4? XD
     
  10. xbmcuser

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    emulating anything on any turing complete machine is possible. Ie you cou could emulate a PS5 on an atari vcs.

    but you would probably get 1 frame / every 365 days. downscaled to 128x 256 resolution with 4 colours

    so you would not want it.
     
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  11. KleinesSinchen

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    I don't understand…

    Given enough virtual memory, yes. But these kinds of questions normally target real time/full speed emulation.
     
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    You could emulate some memory swapping caching on the 1 K VCS, make it 1 frame every 2 years.

    I am being facetious
     
  13. StarGazerTom

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    Yes, but you have to find Dr.Who and get him to hack it for you with his Sonic Screwdriver.
    Good luck!
     
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    Uh, no. An Atari 2600 doesn't have enough memory to emulate a PS1, let alone anything that came later at any speed nor resolution. Nor did that processor have the ability to address virtual memory. Some things truly are impossible.
     
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    They did make Halo for it :P lol (but your point is completely valid.)

    That being said back on topic, the 3DS even the New 3DS while nice handheld machines probably could emulate the GameCube at about 1-2 frames a minute. Seriously wayyyy too slow to manage it AND the only reason I say that it might be possible would be because there is an Android (ARM CPU) port of Dolphin, but that requires a phone or Shield TV that absolutely destroys the 3DS in terms of specs. Now off I go to play some more games on my 3DS :) (I do love the 3DS)
     
  16. MikaDubbz

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    Under this logic the Wii U can be emulated on the 3DS since Hyrule Warriors was ported to the system.
     
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    Your mom's basement.
    Even if you did somehow got it to emulate it, the screen's resolution would be an issue..
     
  18. LiveLatios

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    i saw the title and i immediately thought of "gacube elmeleter for lima32ds"
     
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    It barely runs though.
     
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    Hyrule runs fine on New systems, even if it looks like crap. Old systems however...
     
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