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Cemu, the World’s First Wii U Emulator, is Released

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We’ve learned (via NeoGAF) that Cemu, the world’s first Wii U emulator, has been released for Windows PC.

The emulator is still quite early in development, although it requires a mouse and keyboard, because it currently doesn’t support the Wii U controller(s) or GamePad.

Here are some quick facts for the emulator:

  • Can run encrypted Wii U images (WUD) and RPX/RPL files
  • Internal resolution is 1920×1080 (if supported by game)
  • For controller input see here.
  • Contains basically no optimizations. Expect slow framerates and long load times.
  • Windows x64 only (other platforms may be supported later)
  • Requires OpenGL 3.3
  • Tested on NVIDIA: Runs fine on most recent driver
  • Tested on Intel: Garbled output but runs if OpenGL version is supported
  • Untested on AMD

Cemu is also not optimized at all, but it does run commercial Wii U games.

How do you guys feel about this new development in the game emulation community? Could this only hinder the Wii U’s game and hardware adoption rate?

Editor’s Note: Photo by Wired / Altered by Aurich Lawson

Brandon Orselli

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