Cars 2

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Cars 2
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Developer(s) Avalanche Software
Publisher(s) Disney Interactive Studios
Series Cars
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s) NA June 21, 2011
AUS June 23, 2011
EU July 22, 2011
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer (4)
Input methods Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Nunchuk, Classic Controller, GameCube Controller
Compatibility 3Stars3.pngEdit rating: Cars 2
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Cars 2 is a third person racing game where players have a choice of 25 different characters, and will train to become a world-class spy. As part of training, players participate in missions using high-tech gadgets, for example, to avoid enemies or slow them down. The game has three types of trophies: bronze, silver and gold. Points are awarded at different values depending on what type of vehicle class players are using. The game characters are divided into three weight classes: heavy, medium and light. Players can unlock new cars, tracks and missions be collecting emblems. And, drop-in/drop-out multiplayer modes support up to four players simultaneously.

Emulation Information

Disney Trio of Destruction

Currently, Cars 2 is one of the 3 in the "Disney Trio of Destruction", which are 3 games that have poor performance due to how they process memory.

Controller Map Overlap

Cars 2 is capable of using both GameCube controllers and Wii Remotes. If a physical controller is set to emulate both a GameCube Controller and a Wii Remote concurrently, it will operate both devices at the same time. To fix, migrate controls to use separate physical controllers.


Crash on Startup

The game crashes on startup. Fixed by 5.0-2204.


No configuration changes are known to affect compatibility for this title.

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Cars 2 since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-21717 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS CPU GPU Result Tester
3.0-601 Windows 7 Intel Core i7-2670QM NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M Crash on start Taurus
3.0-763 Windows 7 Intel Core i7-2670QM NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M Crash on start Taurus
4.0.2 Windows 10 Intel Core i5 @ 3.2 GHz Intel Graphics Crash on interpreter is:"Program tried to read an opcode from [00000000]. It has crashed. Guest
4.0-2238 Windows 8.1 AMD Phenom II X4 955 NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT Crash on start Guest
4.0-2238 Windows 10 Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8 GHz AMD Radeon HD 5450 Crash on start Guest
4.0-8717 Windows 10 Intel Core i3 @ 2.8 GHz Intel Graphics Crash on start Guest
5.0-1637 Windows 10 Intel Core i5-3570 @ 3.4 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Dolphin crash on start Sanmorin
5.0-2204 Windows 10 Intel Core i5-3570K @ 3.4 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 It is done. The game boots and seems playable. EXTREMELY DEMANDING. JMC4789
5.0-2877 Windows 10 Intel Core i5-4690K @ 3.5 GHz AMD Radeon R7 Series At the moment, the game is slow but playable. can't wait for performance improvements to come. Shadowluigi
5.0-16363 Windows 11 AMD Ryzen 5 5600H @ 3.30GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 The game does work, but still needs performance improvements. It only becomes playable when the CPU overclock is set to 15% or less. Cheap plastic

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