Dolphin emulates New Super Mario Bros. Wii at 1080p
I had already talked about Dolphin‘s remarkable qualities in a previous post, being it the only emulator currently capable of replicating a Nintendo Wii console on PC and running some commercial games. Another, impressive confirmation of the emulator capabilities comes from this YouTube video (via Joystick Division), that in a single shot shows off what the recently added Full HD video clips viewing (1080p, or 1920×1080 pixels) is really useful for while it demonstrates the growing Dolphin compatibility with the latest games published for the Nintendo console.
The video presents a couple of minutes taken from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the latest brainchild of talented Shigeru Miyamoto San which brings Nintendo’s unbearable mustache-equipped plumber on the new-gen and sells an enormous amount of copies worldwide. The game is fresh, the Dolphin SVN build used to record the video too and the Full HD resolution is a luxury no Wii physical machine could afford, something made possible just thanks to the magic of emulation and (of course) the PC platform superior power.
The system used for the YouTube performance is a respectable rig, equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 CPU overclocked at 3,8 GHz, GPU NVIDIA GTX 260 and 4 Gigabytes of RAM. According to the author on such a system New Super Mario Bros./Dolphin runs at constant 60 FPS without problems of sorts, while the clip presents half the speed and some audio distortions because of the recording work by Fraps.
I’m currently busy acquiring all the stuff (…) needed to test the emulation of Maximo: Ghosts to Glory on PCSX2, but the pair New Super Mario Wii + Dolphin goes straightaway in my priority list of things to do. It’s improbable that the game can run at 1080p on my new Acer laptop, but even at 720p (and waiting for a possible CPU upgrade within some months) I’d say that I can’t possibly dislike the thing 😛
P.S.To better enjoy the attached video you mostly need two things: 1.A lot of patience while waiting for the browser cache download the file; 2.Fullscreen viewing. Furthermore on YouTube it’s possible to choose the resolution to watch the clip at (720p or 1080p) by hovering the mouse pointer on the “HD” button.