The Last Story

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The Last Story
Last Story Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Mistwalker, AQ Interactive
Publisher(s) NA XSEED Games
JP/EU/AUS Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s) JP January 27, 2011
AUS February 23, 2012
EU February 24, 2012
NA August 14, 2012
Genre(s) Action role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player, Co-op (6)
Input methods Wii Remote + Nunchuk, Classic Controller
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The Last Story (ラストストーリー, Rasuto Sutōrī) is a JRPG for the Wii console from Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of Final Fantasy, that lets you take charge of a band of mercenaries and journey with them into a sprawling cinematic adventure. Enjoy the adventure alone in this epic Wii game or jump into online multiplayer modes with up to five other players. Music by veteran Final Fantasy composer Nobou Uematsu.

Emulation Information

Shader Compilation Stuttering

The Last Story is one of the most susceptible titles to shader compilation stuttering. The GC and Wii have no concept of shaders - everything is executed directly by the hardware without an intermediate programming language (API). Modern computers and mobile systems do not work in this way, requiring the use of shaders as an intermediary so your system's GPU can perform the tasks that the GC and Wii GPU performed directly. Shaders have to be generated though, and since GC/Wii games are not designed to create shaders ahead of time as a PC game would, when a new effect appears Dolphin has to delay the CPU thread while the GPU thread performs the compilation; a pause that does not exist on the consoles. For most games shader generation takes only a few milliseconds, but for a few demanding titles, the shaders that they generate are so large that they can result in noticeable stuttering, in severe cases pauses of over a second may occur.

Since 5.0-4869, this problem can be solved by enabling ubershaders. Changing GPU, updating GPU drivers, or updating Dolphin may invalidate the shader cache, requiring specialized shaders to be compiled again. Since 5.0-6461, Dolphin caches shader pipeline UIDs independently of the video backend and compiles them on game start. This allows cached shaders to work across different video backends, platforms, hardware configurations and even Dolphin versions as long as changes aren't made to Dolphin's actual shader pipeline. These shaders are compiled in the background when the game starts, which may cause stuttering for a short period. Enable Compile Shaders Before Starting to avoid this.


Clothes Textures Missing

With EFB Copies to Texture Only, parts of the body and clothing will be missing, some will be rendered as complete black, and a few pieces will be properly textures. This is related to the game's texture color changing effect, and is only present on the main party characters. Disable EFB Copies to Texture Only to fix this. EFB Copies to Texture Only is disabled by the GameINI, however it may still appear if the graphics configuration window is opened during play, or if the user manually overrides it while looking for a speed up.

  • NOTE: You can re-enable EFB Copies to Texture Only once the game is running. Keep in mind that with EFB Copies to Texture Only disabled, every time a new model is introduced, such as meeting a new character, going through a loading screen, equipping a new armor, etc, it will not load. Switch to RAM before a new model is loaded to prevent it.
    • A hotkey can be set to toggle EFB Copies to Texture Only. The hotkey can be assigned in Options > Hotkey Settings.

DoF Blur

The games' depth of field effect is not emulated properly. The DoF effect is meant to change constantly throughout gameplay, yet instead it is always stuck in one position or another throughout play. Usually it isn't in the way, and presents itself as having no DoF effect at all, and other times it will blur the characters and foreground elements beyond recognition. This is especially problematic during cutscenes, where the DoF effect is changed rapidly. If it becomes stuck in gameplay, you can create then use a savestate (Shift+F1 then F1) to get rid of it.

As of ~4.0-3500, the depth of field blur is remarkably better. Generally it will not become stuck and the depth of field effect's transitions are properly emulated. However, during some blur transitions it may flicker, and in some extreme circumstances (such as cinema scenes) it may become distorted and stuck. Unlike previously however, it can fix itself and the DoF becoming stuck is very rare.


Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed.


Config Setting Notes
Store EFB Copies to Texture Only Off Fixes transparent 3D models
Texture Cache Accuracy Balance (Middle) Required by the DoF Blur

Version Compatibility

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

5.0-13493 (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 Version CPU GPU Result Tester
r6505 Windows 7 AMD Phenom X4 965 ATI Radeon HD 4870 Dolphin-r6505_DKTOS_MH3_FifoBs, turn off fifo busy under iso properties, use JITIL not JIT, Use Xaudio as HLE, for graphic use dx9 set to RAM, DOESN'T HANG IcemanSR
r6505 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz AMD Radeon HD 6870 PAL version tested; Used 6505 by Lectrode, which is the speediest build I've tested. The game is fully playable, but suffers from random freezings, despite using JIT or JITIL. (Happens less often with JITIL) Garteal
3.0 Linux Intel Core i5 ATI Radeon HD 5700 Playable (60FPS) tomtoom
3.0 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-2500 NVIDIA GeForce 560 Ti Playable (25-30FPS) Deathykins
3.0-415 Windows 7 Intel Core i7-2600K NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Playable (30FPS, sometimes fall to 21FPS.) dnishimura
3.0-763 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-2450M AMD Radeon HD 7610M Playable, 30FPS Chinmorph
3.0-766 Mac OS X 10.8.1 Intel Core i7 @ 2.7GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Playable, 60FPS TresCoole
3.5-127 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-2500K AMD Radeon HD 5670 The Last Story on Dolphin Emulator LaImpetoOscuro‎‏
3.5-141 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II 955 BE @ 3.2GHz AMD Radeon HD 6850 Playable (30FPS). Slowdown in huge areas (15-30FPS). ramaGZ.‎‏
3.5-269 Windows XP Athlon II X2 215 @ 3.56GHz NVIDIA GeForce 440 Game completed! FPS at town 11-24Hz, in dungeons 20-30Hz, in rendered video cutscenes - better set "EFB Copies to texture" to get 27-30Hz. Get random crashes/hangs during savestate save/load. Sometimes fog based lightning (fog of war) work's incorrectly. Also blurring depth set incorrectly (normally it should blur close? and very distant 3D-surfaces). Loading savestate seems to recalculate some variables and fix it. †.fl.l).‎‏
4.0 Windows 7 AMD APU A10-7700K AMD Radeon R7 Series Minor FPS Drops, 2xIR Zcair
4.0.2 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-3570K AMD Radeon HD 7870 Graphics Settings Lowered to run in full 60FPS Zcair
4.0-3482 Windows 8.1 Intel Core i7-2600K @ 4.3GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 With internal resolution set to 1x native, runs at 30FPS much at the time. Drops to low 20s occasionally with associated audio skipping, making the game somewhat unplayable. If EFB to RAM is explicitly disabled by editing the game INI (and set to EFB to texture), the game runs unthrottled, using the same settings, at ~100FPS, but with the missing/garbled texture anomalies described at the top of the page. Damaniel
4.0-4366 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.2GHz AMD Radeon HD 6870 JITIL Recompiler, Framelimit: Auto, HLE, OpenAL, D3D, 2.5x Resolution @ 1920x1080p, Widescreen Hack, Aspect Ratio: Force 16:9, AA 2x, AF 8x, Scaled EFB Copy, EFB Copies: RAM, Texture Cache Accuracy: Fast, (Properties -> DISABLE: Idle Skipping, VBeam, Sync GPU, Speed up Disc, ENABLE: Dual Core.) // FPS: 26-30 - VPS: 60 - 100%. ArchaeA
4.0-4652 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-4690K @ 4.5GHz AMD Radeon R9 200 Series OpenGL, HLE, 3x IR, 0xMSAA, EFB:RAM. Texture accuracy medium still req'd for DoF effect. Playable throughout with small slowdowns in places. Cutscenes often are under 30FPS. Temporarily setting EFB to Texture fixes performance issues, but ruins character textures if they're loaded. Keller999

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