Got Metroid Prime on Dolphin running completely smooth without any stuttering by using a custom version of dolphin named “Ishiiruka” Dolphin.
Download is on this page:, click the first link where it says latest: https://forums.dolphin-emu.org/Thread-unofficial-ishiiruka-dolphin-custom-version
Without this custom version, you can’t run Metroid Prime on Dolphin without it stuttering like crazy because of the shaders and the way they load. This custom version basically gives you a new option to enable called “Full Async Shader Compilation” in the hacks “other” section of the graphics settings. It makes it so that the shaders in the game run in a way that isn’t so hard on your system. The result is smooth gameplay across the board.
When you download the custom emulator, there are three folders that contain three different versions of the custom emulator. The second and third ones work the best, the first one does not even have the custom shader setting, only the second and third do so choose either one of those, I prefer the second.
Dolphin Graphics Settings……. (if they’re not listed that means I don’t have them enabled)
General: Direct3D11 (Direct3D9 works as well). fullscreen (auto), aspect ratio (Force 16:9), V-sync, Show FPS.
Enhancements: 3x native, 1920x1080p, Anti Aliasing (none), Anisotropic filtering (16x), force texture filtering, Per Pixel Lighting.
Hacks: Store EFB copies to texture only, Accuracy(fast), Bounding Box (GPU), Full Async Shader Compilation
(Full Async Shader Compilation is the most important setting out of all to get Metroid Prime running 100 % smooth on the custom dolphin emulator, this is the setting I was talking about, make sure it’s enabled and remember that only the second and third folder in the download I linked has this setting available, and is only available for the Direct3d options)
Advanced: Nothing in advanced is turned on.
System Specs: Intel I7-4770k (3.5ghz stock) cpu,
Geforce GTX 980 NOT OC,
8gb ddr3 ram,
Windows 10 professional 64 bit
I’m using Nvidia Shadowplay to record and at the beginning you can see me turning on the “show fps” setting in Dolphin.