Emulators on Wii

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Nintendo Wii
Wii-Console.png
Developer Nintendo
Type Home video game console
Generation Seventh generation
Release date 2006
Discontinued 2013
Predecessor GameCube
Successor Wii U
Emulated
Overview of the main popular systems that can be emulated without major issues.
For software that emulates the Wii, see Wii emulators.

Please visit Wii Guide for info on softmodding.

Multi-system[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
RetroArch 1.17.0 Mid
RA-SS git Mid
Virtual Console N/A Mid
WiiMednafen git Mid

RetroArch[edit]

Available cores
Cores Game/System Recommended Working?
Consoles
2048 2048
Stella 2014 Atari 2600
ProSystem Atari 7800
Beetle Lynx Atari Lynx
Handy
Beetle Cygane WonderSwan/Color
Cap32 Cap32
Beetle PCE FAST PC Engine/CD
Beetle SuperGrafx PC Engine SuperGrafx
Beetle PC-FX PC-FX ~
Gearcoleco Colecovision ~
fixGB Game Boy/ Color
Gambatte
Gearboy
(Crash)
mGBA
gpSP Game Boy Advance
mGBA
VBA Next
FCEUmn NES/Famicom
fixNES
Nestopia
QuickNES
pcsx_rearmed Playstation 1
PokeMini Pokemon Mini
Snes9x current SNES/SFC
Snes9x 2002
Snes9x 2005 Plus
Snes9x 2005
Snes9x 2010
Beetle VB Virtual Boy ~
SMS Plus GX MS/GG
Genesis Plus GX MS/GG/MD/CD
(Black Screen)
Genesis Plus GX Wide
(Black Screen)
PicoDrive MS/GG/MD/CD/32X
GearSystem MS/GG/SG-1000
Beetle NeoPop Neo Geo Pocket/ Color
RACE
(Crash)
RA-SS
A fork of RetroArch that aims to provide a more compact and user friendly experience. It adds several quality of life improvements such as auto-resolution switching, better multiplayer support, debloated menus, per-game and per-core settings, Wii Message Board integration, and more.

Wiimednafen[edit]

Emulates the following:

GameBoy/GameBoy Color
GameBoy Advance
Game Gear
Lynx
MegaDrive/Genesis
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Neo Geo Pocket
PC Engine (CD)/TurboGrafx 16 (CD)/SuperGrafx (Fast version)
PC-FX
Sega Master System
Virtual Boy
WonderSwan

WiiMednafen has not been programmed to work in PAL systems and it will have black bars on top and bottom of the screen leading to a sort of widescreen stretch effect. Double-strike mode (240p) will not work properly on PAL systems even on a CRT and regardless of the cables used.

Arcade[edit]

MAME[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME Wii 1.0 Mid
MAME Wii Mod (mod of MAME Wii, WiiFlow support added) 1.0 r2 Mid
SDLMAME 0.125 Mid ~

Triforce Arcade[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Nintendont (任天堂NT) git High
Quadforce Wii 4.1 Low

Consoles[edit]

Atari 2600[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
StellaWii 2009 Low-Mid
Wii2600 git Mid

Atari 7800[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Wii7800 git Mid

ColecoVision[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
ColEm for the Wii 1.0 Low-Mid
WiiColEm 0.3 Mid

GCE Vectrex[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
VectrexWii 0.3 Mid

Magnavox Odyssey²/Videopac[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
O2em 1.0 Mid

Mattel Intellivision[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
JzintvWii 1.0.2 Mid

NEC PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16)[edit]

Name Version Nunchuk Support Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Hugo-Wii 2008.12.14 Low-Mid ~
WiiEngine 1.5bb Mid ~
WiiMednafen git Mid

NEC PC Engine SuperGrafx[edit]

Name Version Nunchuk Support Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
WiiMednafen git Mid

NEC PC-FX[edit]

Name Version Nunchuk Support Accuracy Dolphin Wii U FLOSS Active Recommended
WiiMednafen git Mid ~ (Slow) ~ (Slow) ~

Nintendo 64[edit]

Name Version Nunchuk Support Accuracy Dolphin Wii U FLOSS Active Recommended
Not64 git Mid
Wii64 1.1 Mid (Low Compatibility) ~ (Low Compatibility) ~
Wii64 glN64 git Mid TBD
Wii64 Rice git Mid

There's frequent hiccups and graphical glitches in most N64 games on either emulators. Tinkering with settings might help in some cases. (Source)

Nintendo GameCube[edit]

Name Version Nunchuk Support Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Nintendont (任天堂NT) git High

This requires a bit of explaining.

When the Nintendo Wii was launched, it introduced native backward compatibility with the GameCube, allowing memory cards and GameCube controllers to be used with GameCube games. This is widely known and it allowed Dolphin to support the Wii early in its open-source era. However, this compatibility was lost when Nintendo released newer models called the Wii: Family Edition (although the ports were merely stripped from the casing; the circuit board still contains the areas where the connectors would go, see Wikipedia's section on it) and the Wii Mini (which also lacks an SD card slot as well.) Also on the Wii U, the GameCube ports don't exist at all, only being offered afterward as a USB peripheral in order to play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

However, homebrew developer FIX94 has developed Nintendont, an interpreter that allows all versions of the Wii (and the Wii U) that can run homebrew to read and run GameCube games, not only from a disc, but from SD cards and USB devices too. This comes with the added benefit that more controllers are supported past the normal GameCube ones, which makes it possible to play on consoles that don't have GCN controller ports.

Some notable features are the ability to use other controllers like the Classic Controller, Wiimote+Nunchuck, and some HID USB controllers, memory card emulation, playing TRIFORCE arcade games (after converted to an .iso), and recently Broadband Adapter emulation using the Wii's wireless communications.

Nintendont can run standalone via HBC, but it's recommended running it indirectly through a usb loader. All big three usb loaders support it: usb loader gx, wiiflow lite, cfg loader. Make sure you're using the latest version of the loader.

Nintendo NES/Famicom[edit]

Name Version Nunchuk Support Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
FCE Ultra GX git Mid
FCE Ultra RX git Mid
FCEUX TX 1.1.7 Mid
WiiMednafen git Mid

Nintendo SNES/Super Famicom[edit]

Name Version Nunchuk Support Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Snes9x GX git Mid
Snes9x RX git Mid ~
Snes9x TX 1.1.3 Mid

SEGA SG-1000/Master System/Genesis/Game Gear[edit]

Name Version Nunchuk Support Accuracy SG-1000 SMS Genesis CD 32X Pico GG FLOSS Active Recommended
Genesis Plus GX git Mid
PicoDrive 1.17.0 Mid
SMSPlus 14/12/2008 Mid
WiiMednafen git Mid
PicoDrive
While it is only available as a libretro core and is behind Genesis Plus GX and WiiMednafen in terms of compatibility and accuracy, it is currently the only way to play 32X games on the Wii.

Slowdown may occur when on 3D sections of Genesis games or 32X games.

SEGA Saturn[edit]

Name Version Nunchuk Support Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Yabause Wii r2926 beta26 Low (Extremely poor performance) ~

SNK Neo Geo[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
GxGeo r23 Mid

Anything bigger than 25MBs won't load because the Wii doesn't have enough memory. Some uncompatible roms can be modified in order to work. A good compatibility list is available on a Spanish website.

SNK Neo Geo CD[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
NeoCD RX git Mid
NeoCD-Wii 0.5 Mid

Sony PlayStation[edit]

Name Version Accuracy Dolphin Wii U FLOSS Active Recommended
WiiStation (highly enhanced port of PCSX-R with elements from PCSX-ReARMed) 3.0 Mid-High
WiiSX 4.1 Low-Mid (Low Compatibility) (Low Compatibility)
WiiSXR (port of PCSX-R) Beta 2.3 Mid
WiiSXRX (enhanced port of PCSX-R) 3.3 Mid
PCSX-Revolution rev.50 Low-Mid (Low Compatibility) (Low Compatibility)

Handhelds[edit]

Atari Lynx[edit]

Name Version Accuracy Dolphin Wii U FLOSS Active Recommended
WiiHandy 0.4 Mid ~
WiiMednafen git Mid

Bandai WonderSwan[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
WiiMednafen git Mid

LED Handheld[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
LedHeadWii git High

Nintendo DS[edit]

Name Version DSi GBA Accuracy Dolphin Wii U FLOSS Active Recommended
DeSmuME Wii r253 Mid (Very Slow/Low Compatibility) (Very Slow/Low Compatibility)

Nintendo Game Boy/Color/Advance[edit]

Name Version GB/GBC GBA Accuracy Dolphin Wii U FLOSS Active Recommended
gb4gb 1.0 Mid (able to emulate link cable) ~
GnuBoy GX 081214 Mid ? ? ~
Enhanced mGBA git Mid ~
mGBA 0.10.3 Mid
RIN Wii 2008 Mid (Black Screen) ~
Visual Boy Advance GX git Mid ~
WiiMednafen git Mid ~ ~

emGBA has around 13%-17% worse performance than regular mGBA on heavy GBA games. (Source)

Nintendo Virtual Boy[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
WiiMednafen git Mid
WiirtualBoy 0.1 Low-Mid

SNK Neo Geo Pocket[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
NeoPop GX Wii 0.71.2 Low-Mid ~
NeoPop Wii 20090203 Low-Mid
WiiMednafen git Mid

Trojan LCD Game[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
TrojanWii 2008 Mid

Computers[edit]

Amstrad CPC[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Wiituka 0.98.8 High

Apple IIe[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
WiiApple 0.0.7 Mid

Archimedes / Risc PC / A7000[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Arculator Wii TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
RPCEmu Wii TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

Atari 800/XL/XE/XEGS/5200[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
WiiXL git Mid

Atari ST[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
AtaWii Beta1 Low
Hatari Wii git Mid
HataWii 20091901 Mid

BBC Micro[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Beebem Wii git Low-Mid

CHIP-8[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Chippy Wii pre-v2 Mid

Commodore 64[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Frodo 2.4.1 Mid

Commodore Amiga[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
UAE Wii git Mid

DOSBox[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
DOSBox Wii git Mid

Microsoft MSX[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
blueMSX-Wii 1.0.3 Mid
MiiSX 0.4 Low
uMSX 0.2 Low

NEC-PC 98 series[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Neko Project II (猫Project II) 0.83 beta 6 Mid
Neko Project II Wii (猫Project II Wii) 0.2 beta 3 Low-Mid

NEC-PC 88 series[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
QUASI88 Wii 0.6.3 beta6 Low-Mid
wii88 git Mid

Philips VG 5000[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Dcvg5k 1.0 Mid

Sinclair ZX Spectrum[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
FBZX Wii git Mid
FUSE Wii 2009 Mid ~

Tandy CoCo - Dragon 32/64[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
XRoar-Wii 0.4 Mid

Tandy Radio Shack TRS-80[edit]

Name Version Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
SDLTRS-Wii 0.2 Mid

Miscellaneous[edit]

Game recreations and source ports[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended Supported games
Action
Digger Remastered 0.2 ? Digger
OpenBOR 3.0b6391 beat em' ups
Adventure
ResidualVM wii 0.2 ? Grim Fandango
ScummVM 2.8.0 Adventure games and RPGs from the late 80s and 90s
Fighting
KOF Flames Of Courage V5 v5f ? The King of Fighters
FPS
Descent Wii 1.12
git (forked)
Descent
EDuke32 Wii Website ? Duke Nukem 3D
Freespace 2 Wii beta 3 ? ? Freespace 2
QuakeGX
Quake Wii (merged with QuakeGX)
0.0.5-2 ? Quake 1–2, ThreeWave CTF mod for Quake 2, QuakeWorld
Wii-DOOM
Wii-HERETIC
Wii-HEXEN
Wii-STRIFE
r33 Wii-DOOM: Doom I–II, Final Doom
Wii-HERETIC: Heretic
Wii-HEXEN: Hexen
Wii-STRIFE: Strife: Quest for the Sigil
Wii-HEXEN II Website Hexen II
Wii-ROTT Website ? Rise of the Triad
Wolfenstein 3D Wii 1.3 Wolfenstein 3D, Spear of Destiny
Maze
MegaZeux 2.93 Caverns of Zeux and other ZZT-style ascii games
Pacman 1.04 ? Pac-Man (arcade)
Pinball
SpaceCadetPinball git ? 3D Pinball for Windows – Space Cadet
Platform
Abe's Amazing Adventure Wii r3 ? ? Abe's Amazing Adventure
Abuse Wii git ? Abuse
Bermuda Syndrome Wii git ? Bermuda Syndrome
Cave Story Engine 2 Wii Port git
archive
? Cave Story
hode 0.4.9
git
Heart of Darkness
Jump 'n Bump 0.3.1 ? ? Jump 'n Bump
MazeOfGaliousWii 0.63.3 ? ? The Maze of Galious remake
OpenHCL git ? ~ Hydra Castle Labyrinth
OpenJazz git ? Jazz Jackrabbit
Sonic CD 2011 Decompilation git ? Sonic the Hedgehog CD (2011)
Sonic Mania Wii git ~ (WIP)[N 1] Sonic Mania (Encore DLC optional but the user must compile the port to access it)
Puzzle
Jewels 1.01 ? ? gljewel
OpenSupaplex git Supaplex
Racing
CannonBall git ? OutRun
RoadFighterWii 1.0 ? Road Fighter
RPG
EasyRPG 0.8.0 games created with RPG Maker 2000 and 2003
Exult Wii 2.0 Ultima VII
RSC-C git ? RSC Preservation (OpenRSC)
Sandbox
Wiicraft git ? ? ? Minecraft v1.2.5
WoxelCraft git ? ? 3D Voxel Engine (Minecraft)
Shoot 'em up
OpenTyrianWii 1.7 ? ? Tyrian
Sim - Construction/Management
OpenTTD 1.3.2 ? ? Transport Tycoon Deluxe
TBS
DopeWars 1.1 ? ? DopeWars (Palm OS)
Visual Novel
CPyMO v1.1.9 ? PyMO Visual Novel / AVG Game Engine
  1. Loading time is not too long in the Wii port of Sonic Mania and it plays great for the most part. However, the giant ring special stages will significantly reduce the frame rate to ~5–10 fps depending on the number of 3D resources in sight but the developer plans to optimize special stage performances. Until an update with special stage optimization is released, it's best to avoid the giant ring special stages.

Other games[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
Super Mario War git ?