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As the platform owner declares that the emulator for the Wii and Gamecube is forbidden, Valve removes the shop page.
According to the developers of the software, Nintendo has actually decided against the Dolphin Wii and Gamecube emulator’s Steam distribution.
The developers posted an update on the emulator’s website saying, “It is with great frustration that we must announce that the Dolphin on Steam release has actually been permanently delayed.”
We removed Dolphin from Steam until the issue is resolved after Valve informed us that Nintendo had issued a cease and desist notice about the DMCA against Dolphin’s Steam page.
In an email to Kotaku, a Nintendo representative offered a solution to the problem, writing, “Nintendo is committed to securing the labour and ingenuity of computer game developers and designers. This emulator runs illegal copies of video games while obstructing Nintendo’s legal defences.
“Using unlicensed emulators or illegal versions of video games hinders development and eventually stifles it. Nintendo respects the intellectual property rights of other companies and expects others to do the same.
Recently, Nintendo appears to be ratcheting up its attempts to combat emulation.
While GitHub pulled the repository for Lockpick RCM, software that would allow users to dispose of their own Switch’s security secrets for use in emulation programmes, the development team behind the Skyline Nintendo Switch emulator for Android devices recently stopped work on the project “due to the potential legal dangers included.”
The company also recently released a firmware update for the 3DS that prevented the most practical methods of hacking the long-discontinued handheld line to run homebrew programmes, discard cartridges, and more.