iOS's Achilles Heel: Why a GameCube/Wii Emulator May Not Conquer the App Store

iOS's Achilles Heel: Why a GameCube/Wii Emulator May Not Conquer the App Store
iOS's Achilles Heel: Why a GameCube/Wii Emulator May Not Conquer the App Store

Why a GameCube/Wii Emulator May Not Be Possible on the iOS App Store

JIT Compilation Restriction:

DolphiniOS, a GameCube and Wii emulator, uses just-in-time (JIT) compilation to translate retro console instructions into iOS code. However, Apple's App Store regulations generally prevent JIT recompilation, except for limited exceptions like web browsers. This restriction prevents DolphiniOS from running effectively on iOS.

Performance Impact of Interpreted Emulation:

Without JIT recompilation, Dolphin must use an interpreter, which translates code without full recompilation. However, this process is significantly slower, resulting in unplayably slow emulation.

Rejection from App Review:

OatmealDome, the developer of DolphiniOS, believes that submitting the app to the App Store with only the interpreter would likely result in user complaints and potential rejection by App Review due to poor performance.

Legal Concerns:

In addition to technical restrictions, an App Store-approved version of Dolphin may face legal challenges related to its use of the Wii Common Key. This issue previously led to the removal of a planned Steam version of Dolphin.

Apple's "Retro" Game Emulation Policy:

Apple's recent policy allowing game emulators on the App Store specifically mentions "retro game console emulators." While the definition of "retro" is not clear, the Wii, which is nearly 18 years old, would likely be conside

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