Citra 3DS Devs Announce First Nintendo Switch Emulator “Yuzu”

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The folks behind the Citra 3DS emulator have announced they’re working on a Nintendo Switch emulator.

While details are scant, we do know the emulator is called “Yuzu,” and the team has said it “does all of the things you didn’t need it to do,” whatever that means.

The emulator comes roughly ten months after the worldwide release of the Nintendo Switch, meaning the team has probably been working on emulating the Switch right after the console launched.

We’ll keep you guys posted.

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  • Uncle Ocelot

    That was quick.

  • BaconCatBug

    And yet no PS4 emulator

  • Good, hopefully it will work good one day. I would buy some Switch games but I don’t like the console much.

  • Fandangle

    Isn’t Citra shit?

  • SuuLoliBoob

    Yes. It seems like the PeeCee mustard race don’t really care though, because they can finally play good games at about 6 frames per second with major game breaking glitches and bugs.

  • Shadowed Heart

    Didn’t expect this for at least five years, still though; this is rather interesting and I’m curious, much as I don’t like Nintendo.

  • Travis Touchdown

    I can’t wait for it to only be able to run a single game at 12 FPS.

  • Travis Touchdown

    Or a PS2 emulator. Or an Xbox emulator.

    No one cares about the games on those platforms.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Come on, even you must know about PCSX2.

  • DrearierSpider

    Keep dreaming. BotW on CEMU was miles better than the Switch or Wii U before they even finished releasing the DLC for it. Nintendo platforms have always been very easy to emulate and this will be no different.

  • DrearierSpider

    LMFAO. It won’t have games up and running smoothly right away, but it’s only a matter of time before it does and you have an army of angry Pikachu cosplayers shitting themselves in forums across the net.

  • BaconCatBug

    The fuck you on about, PS2 emulation is close to perfect now.

  • DrearierSpider

    PCSX2 has been around for years my dude.

  • iswear12

    What about the Nintendo 64? That’s always been a bit sketchy when it comes to emulation.

  • goodbyejojo

    seems like nintendo consoles always get emulated faster than any other out there.

  • Casper

    Citra Canary would like a word with you

  • bimmyz

    depends on what build, some builds work well.

  • Magilou

    Piracy wins again

  • malbhet

    I don’t see how it would be difficult considering the Switch is pretty much a tablet and how easy it is to port games to it, so it should be easy to emulate it, maybe even easier than emulating the WiiU tbh.

  • malbhet

    I would love to see what modders can do with BotW by adding HQ textures and making the game run at 60fps O_O
    People are gonna pirate the hell out of Bayonetta 2 and 3. I feel a lawsuit in the making.

  • malbhet

    Not gonna lie, I would love to have a Switch emulator that way I can always play backups of my physical Switch games years down the line, you never know how long a console can last.

  • SuperiorBeing

    C&D in 3…2…1…

  • SinkingSage

    PS2 emulator has existed for 16 years.

  • Crizzyeyes

    Some of the “PeeCee mustard race” is intelligent enough to buy 3DSes second hand for 50 bucks and jail break them.


    I’ll just wait for the switch to be modded so I can pirate all the exclusives.

  • PChandler

    “…or a PS2 emulator”—

    You’re too obvious, you need to dissimulate a bit.


  • The Clansman

    Citra can’t even run Pokemon Sun and Moon decently so I don’t expect anything.

  • SuuLoliBoob

    >BotW on CEMU was miles better than the Switch or Wii U before they even finished releasing the DLC for it

    BAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, if you decided to buy a top of the line CPU and a relatively decent GPU you can maybe get 26 FPS with slight game breaking bugs. Then again, i’m sure that’s way better then any game on steam anymore.

  • Grampy_Bone

    Only matter of time now

  • Joshua Shaw

    Since when? Lmao.

  • orbo

    But they get to play these games for “””””free”””””!
    … As long as you don’t mind spending ten times as much as I spent for my switch for a powerful enough pc.

  • Consoles are obsolete.

  • It’s because they use simple architecture.

  • Aww the console baby got her pussy salty. :(

  • Screw handhelds.

  • That’s because PS4 has no games.

  • We have an Xbox emulator. Not as good as our 3ds or Wii U emulator but it is being worked on.

  • SuuLoliBoob
  • Only a 1060 and 16gb of ram? Git gud and go big!

  • DrearierSpider

    Nah, Intel CPU’s from Sandy Bridge onwards or any of the Ryzen CPU’s are good enough for 30 fps stable (which is damn more than you’ll get on the Switch or Wii U). You may need to overclock some of the older ones to 3.5-4 GHz to get around the slightly lower IPC, but that’s easily done without temps getting too crazy. Plus performance has improved since the build shown below, especially with the multi core rendering feature. And game breaking bugs are pretty much non existent by now, just very occasional visual glitches to deal with here and there.

  • JohnnyCageFan2

    Why~? Citra can’t be feature-complete yet…

  • Cody Wade

    That’s because PS4 has no games.

  • SuuLoliBoob

    > just very occasional visual glitches to deal with here and there.

    That would still make it much worse then the Switch and Wii U versions. Also, why jump through so many damn hoops just to play a “shitty” nintendo game? I thought PC had all the best games?

  • SuuLoliBoob

    Nothing wrong with that. Though, i assume most are incapable of even doing that.

  • SuuLoliBoob

    Yup, after one year of hardly getting one game to run without bugs and glitches. Consoles are truly dead with the help of patreon and scumbag devs who can’t program worth shit unless they make around 40K a month.

  • Nagato

    They’re the only platforms with some games worth emulating in the first place.

  • Aww

    People have already downloaded the source code

  • That’s right.

  • orbo

    The trend seems to be that nintendo consoles have no games – until a stable emulator is made, then they suddenly have a bunch of great games.
    But not so great that they’re worth actually paying for.

  • DrearierSpider

    This is a game you could potentially spend hundred’s of hours in. Seeing a minor visual glitch sometimes is a compromise I’ll happily take in exchange for having far better visuals and performance the other 99.99% of the time.

    And I never said Nintendo had bad games. On the contrary, they have very good games…that are shackled to very shitty hardware. BotW and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 run like shit, so I’m happy emulation lets users get around that if they want.

  • SuuLoliBoob

    >better visuals and performance the other 99.99% of the time

    To bad you aren’t getting those, you’re literally just getting a cheat engine tier speed up with upscale visuals. That’s literally it.

    >On the contrary, they have very good games…that are shackled to very shitty hardware

    Then play PC games, no need to steal shit you aren’t willing to pay for.

    >so I’m happy emulation lets users get around that if they want.

    Well, eating the left overs from the dumpster.

  • Shattno

    Why is your motherboard on fire?

  • Adohleas

    Emulators don’t get C&D because they aren’t illegal. The only thing that is illegal is pirating games or the console’s bios.

  • Adohleas

    Emulation does not equal piracy. Thats like calling a DVD or Bluray player that is not by the same brand as the movie you are watching, as piracy.

    There are plenty of people who buy the games and emulate it on their pc. For example I ended up emulating most of my Wii games due to improvements on the graphics and some features like turbo mode to cut down on grinding and being able to save anywhere.

  • SuuLoliBoob
  • Bloodborne.
    Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
    Disgaea 5
    Earth Defense Force 5
    God of War (2017)
    Gravity Rush 2
    Horizon: Zero Dawn
    Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom

    So simply put, what on green earth are you blabbering?

  • PCSX2
    CXBX Reloaded

  • Emulators are actually explicitly legal in the US, so no worries about that.

  • Shattno

    Like, ok, but for your sake I hope it’s a bug.

  • david simon

    It’s because they use simple architecture.

  • SuuLoliBoob

    Don’t worry about it, it’s just a speccy bug.

  • BFG

    I recall CEMU pretty much broke everything else in favor for Zelda, since this was what everyone in Patreon wanted.

  • BFG

    Let’s not hide ourselves that emulation is mostly done trough piracy, especially as scalpers in the West take a pleasure of selling old games at insane prices.

  • somber

    You can play with the original framerate, dips and resolution if you want the original experience or you can play an enhanced -however you want it- version. The choice is yours. Also you’re wrong. Try a 480i game rendered at 2160p and come back to me. Play BOTW at 30fps and 60fps and tell me how shitty it is.

  • BFG

    “but it’s only a matter of time”

    Expect a very long time since the devs will likely rake in patreon golds as much as possible, which will be translated by a slow progress. Like it’s the case for the current projects.

    PPSSPP looks like to be the last good emulator on PC before Patreon comes to life.

  • DrearierSpider

    Wtf are you talking about, CEMU and RPCS3 have progressed at a break neck pace precisely because Patreon allows development to be their full time job.

  • DrearierSpider

    Salty and stupid, the telltale signs of a fanboy. You retards are always good for a laugh at least.

  • Adohleas

    How is emulation mostly done through piracy? That makes no sense. You might as well say that for any product that can use, contain, or show another product.

    Lets use that dumb logic with a fridge. It can hold a specific product that some thief stole from a store. By your logic, anyone who owns a fridge is supporting the thief. It should be the thief to blame and not the fridge.

    Emulation is the means to use another product you purchased. It is the pirates that are thieves, not the emulator. You must be one of those people who has the dumb notion that all PC gamers are pirates.

  • DavidK

    “…or a PS2 emulator”—You’re too obvious, you need to dissimulate a bit.0.2/10

  • Feniks

    Nintendo has never been very good at security.

  • Ironically, because they are the only ones with copy protection on their disks.

  • OldPalpy

    Don’t fall for copypasta.

  • BFG

    I take it you didnt read my short post that scalpers in the West make owning the real physicals of console games if you didnt have the opportunity to own the system and the games beforehand. Thus making emulation & piracy a more approchable way for the majority.

    And it’s not like I said I loathe piracy.

  • BFG

    Like said below, CEMU had become at some point a mess last year (the emulator just uses a bunch of hack codes to run things), and the devs were willing to throw away all the compatibility of games in exchange for BotW, the popular title.

    RPCS3 has yet to be in a state of running things fine enough to replace the real hardware (especially that it needs some high PC hardware while you can just get an used PS3 with the recent firmware hack for a lot less). It’s at least not as much as a mess that cemu is, but i dont expect for another 2-3 years, and who knows what will happen within that time

    Patreon is Kickstarter 2.0 when it comes to be some cancerous system that makes the “creators” in no need to deliver anything of quality (and even in a slower pace than even before) since they already get paid in the first place.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    ha ha, ha ha, yeah yeah!

  • Ethan

    Emulators don’t get C&D, at least successfully, because they aren’t illegal. The only thing that is illegal is pirating games or the console’s bios, or copying source code from the console.If a C&D succeeded with emulators that don’t use any of the coding from the console, then it would succeed with a DVD/Blu-ray player that can run any movie

  • SullenSamurai

    A lot of thirsty PCbois in here. Calm down, gents. It was just announced; we may have a bit of a wait until Yuzu-chan’s mature enough to take to prom.

    I look forward to seeing what it can do down the road—upressing and higher frame-rates alone can do wonders. You won’t exactly be able to take it with you in the go, though.

  • totenglocke

    CEMU is great if you want to play Breath of the Wild….tough shit if you want to play anything else.

  • Riosine

    wow you sound like you don’t know nothing about how emulators work other than loading roms and expecting they run 100% fine all the time

    ALL Emulators require insane specs, in comparison to the console, and all of them use hacks that take an impact on the emulation accuracy to get more perfomance, and even so they still requires a lot of computing power

    But then again you are the fanboy who blames others kids for being the true fanboys so I will just quote a line of this article

    It’s easier to blame the program than to admit your computer isn’t
    powerful enough, but the reality is that faking an entire gaming console
    in software is an intensive process.

  • BFG

    I stated what happened last year, so if you have a problem with it to the point of shoving a poor and hypocritical rebuttal of “you’re a fanboy!!!”, I would have suggested to not reply then

  • Riosine

    Ha ha, you didn’t even grasped the quote, Fanboy is not rebuttal its simple the way you act :

    somewhere here you went on a rant about piracy and scalpers reselles, yet here you are claiming its totally fine to purchase ps 2,3 from them, How consistent and convenient, well I guess you’ve to be sony fanboy for a Reason

    You also take offense on a experimental hack with a toggleable, on/off, boolean nature. How bizarre that is not the way normal people, non fanboys behave. But also I won’t be surprised you think you know more about programming than programmers themseleves because you are a painter

    And even the perfect emulators can’t deal with hardware issues one being Led’s input lag, which is a serious issue when replicating frame perfect input, so even with an emulator you will be stuck with a cathode tube tv.Tough luck

  • BFG

    ” somewhere here you went on a rant about piracy and scalpers reselles yet here you are claiming its totally fine to purchase ps 2,3 from them”

    Except I didnt at all. Do you have reading comprehension issues?

  • Riosine

    wow, Are you trying to disproof you’re fanboy (ROFL), That was an analogy to describe how obnoxious and silly your claims are. But that you be a Fanboy doesn’t matter at all

    (and yet you claimed thatjust ctrl+f any of these statements:
    “Let’s not hide ourselves that emulation is mostly done trough piracy,
    especially as scalpers in the West take a pleasure of selling old games
    at insane price”)

    The real point here is you don’t understand emulation, how they are made; Throught Reverse engineering with 0 technical data other than hacking ram dumps and experimental-empirical method, meaning any hacks you apply can either break or improve it seemingly by luck at the start but they are actually meant to shed light on how the console internally operates

    Why they are, ultimately, made; to preserve roms and game history fpr the far future

    and how awesome its they can still run with current technology. the true snes emulator,bsnes, requires 3 orders of magnitude, *1000, more processor clock speed than the original machine had

    But Instead you go here. call the new emulators lazy only for having a donation service. And then you wonder why other people laught at you and call you a Fanboy

  • BFG

    -claim that it’s the truth im a fanboy
    -“it was just a prank an analogy bro”

    and yet you claimed thatjust ctrl+f any of these statements

    Which I would then ask why you went from the previous conclusion that I ranted about piracy (in a negative sense) or bought used goods from scalpers. Again reading comprehension doesnt seem to be your forte too.

    But Instead you go here. call the new emulators lazy only for having a donation service. And then you wonder why other people laught at you and call you a Fanboy

    I have a problem with this because devs arent gettind paid by update payout, but by monthly payout with Patreon. This is similar to artists on the same platform despite having no obligations to undertake commissions. This means that the “creators” get the benefit of getting a second monthly income (do you honestly believe they would willingly surrender their first job?) and they will make a profit out of it by making the progress slower. You wont get a decent emulator of recent systems any more faster than the previous emulators for older systems in any case.

    To add salt to the injury, CEMU isnt open-source and I recall the dev saying that being open-source would “hurt them” and they would attempt to sell the emulator for commercial purposes. There is no information on the team, so it’s like they’re trying to hide the fact the “team” is probably only made up of 2 people who, on their own accord, screwed up the progress of emulating the whole library to make BotW “work” because the dev(s) wanted to get even more patreon golds.

    RPSC3 might be good in the end, but considering this will also take a long time to get actually decent (and their current objective to lower the percentage of “games not launching”), who knows what will happen within the next years

  • Riosine

    Well yeah you are Fanboy, how else would you still be worried about this? Especially for someone who claims so much reading comphrenshion skill yet couldn’t identify it as a distractor for a puchline.
    (I didn’t even expect you’d fall for this That Badly, and seemeingly you did I just kept rolling with it as a theme, Rofl)

    But Who cares about reading comphrension when I compact all I get this;
    [People use emulators because scalpers resellers, but you guys should purchase frome them, because I, personally, disagree with cemu and a bit with rpcs3 development]

    Oh But yeah that is just you doing your Fanboy Mental gymnastics tricks to try to parse a total Contradiction as a true statement.

    Cenu team having their own methodologies ,getting donations accurate with t the computer science level job they’re performing. you can disagree with all .that if you want.

    But pretending an update with a feature that can be turned off, that at the very worse can be rolled back to a previous version and hotfixed later, can, Somehow, be an issue at this point is outright Delusional. But that is a mandatory feature for Fanboys

  • BFG

    I’m especially seeing a lot of projections and ramblings that make no sense

  • Riosine

    Neither I want to deal with a second Travis Touchdown user. but your weird claims are, at lest, funny