How to Make “The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker” use Steam Controller Glyphs

This is going to be kind of a touchy subject. This website, to clarify, does not condone piracy. However, if you use it to play your own legally owned games, emulation can be an awesome tool for modding. For example, you can make GameCube games like “The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker” use the Steam Controller glyphs. This can greatly improve your control over the game through use of the Steam Controller (such as adding gyro aiming, using the Trackpads for more precise shield movement in the Earth Temple, etc.), while still allowing you to have an accurate representation on screen of what you’re doing.

With the Dolphin Emulator, setting up GameCube games to play with the Steam Controller is actually pretty simple to do. First, make sure you have Dolphin installed. Then, in the graphics settings under the “Advanced” tab, make sure “Load Custom Textures” is checked. After that, open “%userprofile%\Documents\Dolphin Emulator\Load\Textures\GZLE01” and unzip the file down below into that folder. After that, if you launch the game, it will replace the in-game GameCube graphics with Steam Controller glyphs.

A quick warning: this isn’t a perfect implementation. Nintendo does something with their programs in order to save space on their discs where they use black and white images, and then color them afterward by multiplying the color values by their intended color result. Because I can’t prevent that color application, I had to work around it, and as a result some of the glyphs are non-standard and may be faded a bit in the game as well. I’ve done everything I can to at least make them readable and the right color, but other GameCube games may make the transition more smoothly.

If you want to do this yourself, just follow the directions I provided and use the package below, and it should work for you. Happy gaming!

Download Glyph Package for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker


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