This is for Melee Users Only. This will not work for Project M. If you have are having issues running this build at full speed, we recommend you continue to use the legacy builds of 5.0-321 (recommended) or 4.0-7840 (if you cannot run either).
Windows / Mac / Linux 5.7:
Why the new build?
Through many facets of testing in the Melee Community, contributors such as Truck, Dan Salvato, and Kadano, along with all the top players who use Netplay, all have come to the conclusion, that this build has been the most reliable in terms of Netplay Stability. This build provides less input delay than previous builds and allows users to play people from further regions with lesser lag than before (note: cannot guarantee stability. Your results may vary). For more information about Faster Melee and its testing community, please check out their homepage at http://fastermelee.net/.
Changes from 4.4 - > FM5
1. Polling Code Fixed
Polling was miscalculated back in 4.4 and was a source for a lot issues. Detailed explanation found Here.
2. Ishiiruka Dolphin Build Updated
A lot more stability and tons of upgrades. Some of the biggest improvements are 24bit color, updated libUSB, Vulkan backend support, and other graphical fixes (including the garbled 20xx Debug Menu). The libUSB is pretty big for people who had issues with USB 3.0 backwards compatibility or issues with their USB firmware in general.
You can also now right click a game and select "Host with Netplay" and default buffer is now 8.
3. Updated PAL Support
4. Reduced Audio lag by ~35ms
5. Netplay Safe Kill Music is Fully Functional
Explained more at the end of this guide. (Made Possible by UnclePunch!)
6. Updated Stage Lag Reduction Codes
7. KO Star indicates the winner of the last match
8. Kirby Air Ride Support!
Do I Need A New Melee ISO?
No, you do not.
Do I Need To Enable any Gecko or AR Settings?
No. The build comes prepackaged with the required settings already selected for you. You just need to plug and play.
What is different with this build from what I already downloaded on the Faster Melee Discord Server?
The builds are identical (FM5 = v5.0.3)
Can I play on a different monitor besides the primary monitor?
Yes you can. Instructions at the bottom of this guide.
You will need:
Super Smash Bros Melee (v1.02) NTSC ISO (You have to obtain this yourself. It is prohibited to ask on this site).
SmashLadder FM5.7 Build (From the Download Above)
Extract Dolphin into its own folder:
If you receive this error, Download this Pack, install it, then try restarting dolphin again:
Find your list of ISOs by double clicking on the main screen ~OR~ by going to Config > Paths > Add and selecting the FOLDER / Directory where you store your ISOs:
You may also notice that under Other, Show NetPlay Ping and Show NetPlay Messages are toggled on. This is a new feature that shows the netplay chat/buffer/ping in game and may be toggled off if you so desire.
As For Controllers, the layout of how Controllers work are a bit different. Check out the Controller Guide for more information. If you are NOT using the official or 4 port gamecube adapter, you will have to remap your controls. Please follow the Controller Guide for guidance.
For setting up Netplay: Click Here
FM5.7 Netplay Safe Kill Music Code
As mentioned above, the Netplay Safe Kill Music Code is now functional but has changed a bit. In order for this to work, you HAVE to have either Game Music ON or Game Music OFF for it to work. You CANNOT have both selected or neither selected. These codes are found: Right Click your Melee ISO in dolphin > Properties > Gecko Codes:
Dolphin will still report a false positive desync if you have different codes checked but most likely, you can ignore it.
Super Thanks to UnclePunch for coming up with this fix!
Playing With Multiple Monitors?
Dolphin defaults by emulating on your primary monitor. If you have a dual monitor setup and wish to not play on your primary monitor, then there is a way around this. Go to Graphics > General and Select Render to Main Window:
You will be able to use Dolphin in full screen on the monitor you selected by dragging the Main Dolphin window to the desired monitor.