The release of the Dolphin emulator on Steam, intended for Wii and GameCube games, has been delayed indefinitely after the team received a halt order from Nintendo.
The Dolphin Emulator project team shared the update in a post via their blog, stating that they had been notified by Valve that Nintendo had halted the project based on the DMCA against the emulator’s page on the Digital Store.
“We have to announce that the release of Dolphin on Steam has been indefinitely delayed,” said the team’s statement. “Valve has informed us that Nintendo used the DMCA against the Dolphin Steam page, and we have removed Dolphin from Steam until the matter is resolved.” We are currently investigating our options and will have a more in-depth response in the near future, and appreciate your patience in the meantime.”
The team launched the Dolphin Steam page on March 28, and on May 26 received a legal notice from Nintendo that was directed to Valve’s legal department.
This news indicates that there is little hope for the Dolphin emulator to make it to Steam, but it also confirms that the company responsible for the emulator “has no particular risk or responsibility.”