How to Configure a Dolphin GC Pad

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How to Configure a Dolphin GC Pad
The Nintendo GameCube uses minidisk games that can be played on a computer using the Dolphin emulator. (Getty Images/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

One of the most popular emulators available, the Dolphin software, gives Wii and GameCube owners the change to run their games using a computer. When using a laptop, this makes the otherwise bulky Wii and GameCube hardware portable. Dolphin allows you to map Wii and GameCube controller buttons to devices that are attached to the computer. This includes a computer game pad. This makes it feel much more natural when using the emulators, as a keyboard is not always the most user-friendly control device.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Open the "Dolphin" software on your computer.

  2. 2

    Single-click the "GCPad" button that is located on the top row of buttons of the main Dolphin window. GCPad stands for GameCube pad. A window comes up with GameCube game pad configuration options.

  3. 3

    Single-click the button underneath the "Device" subheading and select the device you want to use as the GameCube game pad. This can be a mouse, keyboard or controller. A list of all the GameCube controller buttons is displayed.

  4. 4

    Single-click each button you see on the GameCube game pad configuration menu and press the button on the device you selected in Step 3 that you want to use to control that GameCube game pad button. Map each button like this.

  5. 5

    Single-click "OK" at the bottom of the GameCube game pad configuration menu. Double-click one of your GameCube games that have been loaded into Dolphin.

  6. 6

    Use the buttons on the device you just set up to use as the GameCube game pad.

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