Bad news for Steam gamers: Dolphin Emulator has some disappointing updates.

Bad news for Steam gamers: Dolphin Emulator has some disappointing updates.

Dolphin Bows Out of Steam: A Tale of Emulation and Defiance


Ah, Dolphin, the beloved GameCube and Wii emulator that captured the hearts of countless gamers. We had high hopes for its launch on Steam, but alas, it seems that dream will never come to fruition. Why, you ask? Well, let me regale you with the delightful tale of Dolphin, Steam, and Nintendo.

You see, dear reader, the trouble began when Dolphin’s developers announced their grand plans to release the emulator on Steam. This meant that users would be able to conveniently launch Dolphin via Big Picture Mode and even on the tantalizing Steam Deck. Exciting stuff, right? But little did they know, a confrontation of epic proportions was brewing in the gaming realm.

Valve, the guardians of Steam, swiftly reached out to Nintendo to discuss the matter. And what did Nintendo do? They politely requested that Dolphin be removed from Steam. No accusations, no legal battles. Just a simple plea. And guess what? Valve complied. That’s right, they said “Okay, no problem-o” and Dolphin was banished from Steam.

Now, you might wonder why Nintendo didn’t go guns blazing, guns-a-blazing, blazing away with DMCA takedowns and legal fury. Well, my friend, it’s all about the strategy. You see, tackling emulators head-on is a slippery slope that Nintendo would rather avoid. It’s like wearing mismatched socks to a fancy party – it might make a statement, but it’s more likely to leave people confused and angry.

But fear not, for Dolphin is not going down without a fight, or at least, a spirited response. In the face of Valve’s decision, the Dolphin team issued a thorough and impassioned statement. They clarified what went down in May, vehemently denied any wrongdoing, and passionately committed themselves to the continued development of Dolphin.

However, as much as it pains them to admit, the dream of launching Dolphin on Steam is dead. They’ve gracefully admitted defeat and announced that they are “abandoning” efforts to bring Dolphin to the Steam platform. Why, you might ask? Well, it seems that Dolphin needs a permission slip from Nintendo to even step foot on Steam. And let’s face it, getting Nintendo’s approval for an emulator is about as likely as finding treasure at the end of a rainbow.

Of course, there is a glimmer of hope buried amidst the embers. Valve, in a stunning twist, could decide to flip the script and approve Dolphin regardless of Nintendo’s disapproval. They could embark on their own adventure to unravel the complexities of emulation and ultimately stand up for developers like the valiant Dolphin team. But, my friends, the chances of this happening are as scarce as health potions in a high-level dungeon. Valve is more likely to stick with Nintendo, avoiding the commotion and controversies that surround emulation on Steam.

But fret not, my fellow gamers, for all is not lost! Dolphin may have bid farewell to Steam, but it will continue to live on. It will keep providing nostalgic delights to its loyal fans, just not through the hallowed halls of Steam. So grab your controllers, fire up those ROMs, and let the Dolphin guide you on a gaming adventure like no other.


Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with some virtual treasure chests and pixelated worlds. Game on, my friends!

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Emulation and Dreams
  2. Clash of the Titans: Dolphin, Steam, and Nintendo
  3. The Dolphin Chronicles: A Statement from the Team
  4. The Bittersweet Goodbye: Dolphin Abandons Steam
  5. The Flicker of Hope: Valve’s Unlikely Turn
  6. Life After Steam: Dolphin’s Continuing Journey
  7. Epilogue: Game On!