The OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the most popular for GameCube and Wii emulation

To playing GameCube and Wii games on the OnePlus 7 Pro can be hard if you’re using the on-screen touch controls. The bigger screen helps and makes it easier than other devices, but it’s still definitely going to cramp your hands after a while. Thankfully I had a Nintendo Switch Joycon controller that I could pair with my phone. I then bound different keys to the Joycon and was able to play with my phone on the desk and controller in-hand, a lot more comfortable and easier to play with. Getting a Joycon to work on Android is a bit finicky if you don’t want massive input lag, though. If you want to give it a try, here are the steps I followed. You’ll need a pair of wireless earphones and a Discord account, though.
  • Connect wireless earphones to your phone.
  • Connect to a Discord voice channel with your wireless earphones still connected
  • Pair Joycon to Android device
  • Start the game and leave Discord open in the background
For the length of time you want input-lag free gameplay, you’ll need to stay in the Discord voice channel. It’s a strange workaround but trust me, it works.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was the nicest of all of the games to test here. With great battery life and great performance on top of easy-to-use on-screen controls, this is the best GameCube game to play on the OnePlus 7 Pro out of all of the ones tested here. Running through Ordon Village is a great experience, and the game is easy to control and enjoy.

Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario Sunshine is always a difficult game for smartphones to emulate, but the OnePlus 7 Pro handles it with ease when it comes to gameplay. Oddly enough, cutscenes actually have issues as they double the FPS from 25 to 50, often dropping frames in the process. The game itself runs perfectly, which is the most important part.
You can even use the on-screen touch controls with ease to play, something that the other games tested here make a lot harder to do. I completed the first couple of missions in Delfino Square in this playtest, going up to the point where we reach Pinna Island after Princess Peach is kidnapped.

Bonus: Pokemon X
As expected, Pokemon X isn’t really playable in Citra’s current state. That’s because Citra is an unofficial emulator on Android and I was testing it more out of curiosity. When the game worked it was surprisingly playable, though the graphics were very broken and there was no music playing. It’s a good base to work from though and bodes well for the future of Citra when an Android port is eventually released. It’s also important to mention that the FPS reported by GameBench is double the actual FPS, so the median FPS of 50 is actually a median FPS of 25.

New Super Mario Bros Wii

New Super Mario Bros Wii was an odd one, as gameplay is actually emulated perfectly. The only issue that I could find here is that cutscenes lag a lot. The actual game itself runs fine, just the game’s opening sequence is a bit frustrating. Once you’re in the game though, it’s not really intensive at all and you can expect to get a lot of play time out of the OnePlus 7 Pro. I completed the first few levels, beating the first mini-boss in World 1.

Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 is the sixth addition to the Resident Evil series, and it’s one of the best games in the franchise. Having just recently received a Nintendo Switch port, the game still enjoys a large amount of interest. Thankfully it runs near perfect on the OnePlus 7 Pro, again facing FPS drops only when loading new locations as you move around. I played through the first village with barely any lag until the bell rang out.

Mario Kart Wii
An all-time classic from the Nintendo Wii, Mario Kart Wii, is a game perfectly suited to Android. It’s easy to control even with on-screen controls, and hooking up a Nintendo Switch Joycon (which is what I did) makes it even easier to play. Performance is stellar as well, with the worst performance actually being in the selection menu for the game mode. Once you choose Grand Prix, battle, or time trial, the FPS is fine and it’s perfectly playable. It’s impressive, not to mention a lot of fun to play on mobile, especially with a controller. I played through both the Mushroom Cup and the Shell Cup without any issues whatsoever.

The OnePlus 7 Pro has a number of advantages over competition that may also boast the exact same chipset, such as the Xiaomi Mi 9 or the Samsung Galaxy S10 in the US. However, the OnePlus 7 Pro has the advantage of a lightweight software package and a larger screen, a huge plus for making use of on-screen controls when playing games. The display is the most important part of gaming on mobile, and the OnePlus 7 Pro has one of the best displays on the market. Because of that, I’m happy to call this particular smartphone the best around for emulating your favorite GameCube and Wii games.

://Source: xda

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