Watch the Galaxy S8 play Gamecube titles at full speed

Whether you're willing to admit it or not, chipset benchmarks aren't really that big of a deal – yes, you might be able to squeeze some more processing power from the latest hardware, but ultimately that will have little to no impact on your everyday experience of using a phone – the feeling of good performance relies much more on software optimization and smooth animations than on the raw hardware running underneath.

There are, however, exceptions where raw power is exactly what's needed. Such is the case with emulation: unlike your everyday Instagrams and Facebooks, emulators eat up system resources like it's nobody's business. And for good reason, too – accurately imitating one piece of hardware on another takes a lot of computation, and thus requires more powerful hardware.

Currently, smartphones only have the processing power to smoothly play games from up until the fifth generation of video game consoles (think the original Sony PlayStation). However, that didn't stop the developers of Dolphin, a Nintendo Gamecube and Wii emulator, from launching an Android port all the way back in 2013. This was mostly a proof-of-concept, showing that emulating the two systems on smartphones is possible, even though performance was never good enough for real-life use.

Up until now, that is – it seems the latest generation of mobile SoCs has finally reached the point where the possibility of replaying your favorite console classics from fifteen years ago is a real one. A video demonstrating the Samsung Galaxy S8 playing three Nintendo Gamecube titles – Super Smash Bros Melee, Super Mario Sunshine, and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, has recently hit YouTube, and shows the device having no problem achieving real-time speeds with next to no hiccups. 

Judging from the channel's other videos, the person is American, meaning it's likely the S8 model in question is the Snapdragon 835 one, which should be reassuring to those who feared the US version will be underpowered compared to its Exynos 8895 counterpart. It's worth noting, however, that the person in the video seems to be using Samsung's Game Tuner to limit the app's display resolution, so don't expect to be able to utilize that Quad HD+ goodness in its full glory just yet.

source: YouTube

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  • Display 5.8 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Samsung One UI
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  • Display 6.2 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
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  • Battery 3500 mAh
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11. ChaoticRage

Posts: 154; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

No good with out a controller.

10. GTNavy

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Of course it can play those games. The Snapdragon 835 processor is the first ARM processor capable of running full PC W10. Emulators are child's play for it.

7. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Last I checked works quite fine on last years phones too?

4. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

If it could play PS2 titles, that would have been impresse. I'm pretty sure phones have being playing GC games for a while. Hell didn't that Xperia Play or whatever it was called play PS1 games like Crash? That was like ages ago. And not to forget the Vita plays PS1 games just fine with hardware from 2012. I still play Killzone Mercenary on my Vita, been playing it since 2012. Mobiles could have all the power in the world, but the actual games that exist on the play store and App store are a joke.

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

What are you talking about? The GameCube had more powerful hardware than the PS2. Look it up.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

IIRC, someone already make PS2 emulator for android... try to google it :-/

3. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Playing a title like this is similar to never utilizing any beverage containers. STILL NOT THE SAME WITHOUT A PHYSICAL GAMEPAD.

6. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

most emulators allow u to game with both Bluetooth gamepads and through USB otg both of which most Samsung device possess although nobody has said anything about otg on the s8 but I assume its a its how I used to play pes on the ppsspp app

2. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm just gonna leave this here: GC4iOS (Google it)

8. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Doesn't that need jail breaking? Any links to benchmarks?

9. AlikMalix unregistered

I was pointing out that it is all been possible even on older phones (not just iPhones, btw). I don't see the big deal.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

you miss the point.. it's not about can or can't run.. read this article title again.. "S8 play Gamecube titles at full speed" "AT FULL SPEED" compare that to 2-30fps you get on iOS (also notice 2x speed on that vid, lol)

1. galaxy-gear

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

S8 the best phone... phonearena weher the news samsung Samsung will start operating the world’s largest semiconductor plant ???

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