The recently released 5.0 update to Dolphin – a popular Gamecube and Wii software emulator – brings an exciting new feature to many Nintendo classics. Tucked in among an immense number of audio, visual, control and gameplay refinements is the introduction of proper, native support for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR headsets.

Here’s YouTuber JoshDub giving a tour of what it’s like to play some beloved Gamecube titles in VR:

The implementation, like most emulation, is far from perfect across all games. But even in this early, unofficial state, Metroid seems like a prime candidate for the full virtual reality treatment.

Nintendo has made it clear that while it is watching the development of VR closely, it currently has no plans to bring the technology to its current or upcoming consoles. But who knows, maybe seeing this demand and effort from fans could be what motivates them.


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Written by Brittin Shauers

Brittin literally grew up with Link, Mario and Samus. These three characters and their worlds collectively capture everything that he loves about video games.