CEMU Update 1.7.4 Brings Impressive Zelda: Breath of the Wild Emulation

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The developers behind CEMU, a Nintendo Wii U-focused emulator, are set to release a big update for their program this month.

They’re readying version 1.7.4 for a public release on April 9th, following their Patreon backer-only release on April 2nd.

A few weeks ago, the emulator was running The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at a rather unplayable 15FPS, however the new release is seeing impressively stable performance at roughly 30FPS.

Alongside the visual improvement is the typical bug squashing, as noticeable issues with physics were also present. Here’s some gameplay of the current build running The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The CEMU team is bringing in just over $35,000 on Patreon now, as they had a noticeable surge after they posted their progress a few weeks ago.

While emulation is mostly a legal gray area at best, Nintendo hasn’t made advances on the CEMU team – yet. Still, the more advances in emulating the game for PC, the more possibilities we’ll see – possibly even modding.

In case you missed it, you can find our thorough video and written review for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild here.

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  1. Jack
    April 3, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    damn lmao
    there goes the switch

  2. SunsetHaste
    April 3, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Does the /PC/ version deserve a better score on account of modding out the technical issues? :^)

  3. Jack Thompson
    Jack Thompson
    April 3, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Where are the memes, Jack?

  4. garf02
    April 3, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    can you finally get out of the Plateu and move over 10 FPS?

  5. Izzy Lichi
    Izzy Lichi
    April 3, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    once again pc has to steal games from console to make it seem useful

  6. Madbrainbox
    April 3, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    At ths rate PC will be the only platform with exclusives.:))

  7. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    April 3, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Those boys work fast.

  8. SuuLoliBoob
    April 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I get about a constant 19 fps, not that bad really. You can also speed it up using Cheat engine if you really wanted to (I did, but sometimes it causes some glitches of it’s own, like freezing you for a second) They still need to work on it a bit to make it “Playable” to those who DO want/expect a constant 30 fps , though.

  9. RichardGristle
    April 3, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    PC does what Nintendon’t.

  10. SuuLoliBoob
    April 3, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    HOW DARE YOU! PC is USEFUL, for stuff like…. Uh, Depression Quest? YEAH!

  11. Psyramics
    April 3, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    This seems to be a surefire way to get Nintendo’s attention

  12. Fandangle
    April 4, 2017 at 2:47 am

    They’re working on game-to-game updates obviously, forgoing actual emulation and just basically building the emulator around specific games, which kind of misses the point of console emulation. While it’s nice for speedy updates like this, the more niche releases kind of get screwed over because no one cares enough to put in effort into creating patches for them.

    Plus, it’s still far from being actually playable IMO. It was barely playable on the WiiU with the slideshow framerate.

  13. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    April 4, 2017 at 8:09 am

    $6000 for a PC to emulate BOTW (not perfectly) that’ll be adequate for a few years, or $400 for a Switch that’ll play BOTW on its original hardware, with little to no frame drops as of patch 1.1.0? Yeah, I think I’ll go with the latter. Pcucks are fucking pathetic.

  14. Pagoto Gerardo
    Pagoto Gerardo
    April 4, 2017 at 8:13 am

    You don’t have a 6000 PC, to Emulate a single game…. You have a 6000 PC, to play the largest game library in existence.
    Thousands of PC games, lot’s of emulator, etc.

  15. Fallkan
    April 4, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Jesus dude get your head out of your ass. 1st botw actually runs at a better framerate then either the wii u or the switch. it also runs better in 4k than the switchs 720p.

    2nd this is the fastest an emulator has advanced ever, its evolved at an almost unbelievable rate. Complaining about literally anything is just an act of a child. They are doing more than has ever been done, but ti’s not enough for you right?

  16. CoarseHock
    April 4, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I hope you realise that’s how most emulators work. They do ROM specific workarounds and speed-hacks because perfectly accurate emulation is very slow.

  17. Malcolm_Ecks
    April 4, 2017 at 10:00 am

    CEMU’s been open for quite a while. Nintendo hasn’t been able to bust emulators. Fan projects sure, but emulators are murky waters legally so a C&D doesn’t really work afaik.

    Frankly if Nintendo didn’t lowball on console stock they wouldn’t have to worry about the 1 game on their console that’s a draw being available anywhere else.

  18. DrearierSpider
    April 4, 2017 at 10:21 am

    No, consoles have to hold games hostage to make their anemic, proprietary hardware justified.

  19. DrearierSpider
    April 4, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Gonna give it a couple years. By then it’ll be pretty easy to get 4k, stable 30 fps (or 60 if we’re lucky) and improvements like better draw distance, etc.

  20. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    April 4, 2017 at 10:42 am



  21. NeoTruth
    April 4, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I can play BOTW easily on my 800$ gaming laptop I got years ago and the desktop gaming rigs people can buy today are much cheaper than it. Considering the game is playing this well in only a month of progress since release, it will be way way sooner than a few years.
    But thanks for seasoning my popcorn with your salt and making the news even better.

    These articles always feel empty without a triggered isis cream.

  22. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    April 4, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    It’s a Wii U emulator that’s being funded specifically to run BOTW.

    It’s not going to be able to run any other Switch games.

  23. Izzy Lichi
    Izzy Lichi
    April 4, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Lmao Pcucks always have an edgy teenage comeback! if only they had their daddy spank them to stop the talkback

  24. Izzy Lichi
    Izzy Lichi
    April 4, 2017 at 12:44 pm


  25. Izzy Lichi
    Izzy Lichi
    April 4, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    have fun replacing your overpriced hardware next years LOL

  26. Madbrainbox
    April 4, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I will.Building a PC is a fun experience for me.
    Have fun being forced to use shitty hardware.

  27. Snorlaxation
    April 4, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Doubtful. Michael still didn’t like playing the game.

  28. catazxy
    April 4, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Only $6000, what are you, a casual? I own a $20.000 PC, and thats only for casual internet browsing.
    You have to pay at least $50.000 to get into the lower ranks or pc master race.

  29. Zak Dwyer
    Zak Dwyer
    April 4, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Console plebs mad again lmoa

  30. garf02
    April 4, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Please, you imply that the people caring for Cemu BOtF care to support Nintendo rather than the attention whores that is Cemu team?? (Which also made it closed source ) HA

  31. garf02
    April 4, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    >better frame rate
    10-15 fps is not better frame rate nogga

  32. Fandangle
    April 4, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Not most. System accurate emulation for older emulators is pretty common. The game specific patches only became a thing when consoles get too complex and people stopped caring. It’s still really shitty when you get an emulator and the game you want to play isn’t supported because the people who made the emulator only cared for popular stuff.

  33. Fandangle
    April 4, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    But it doesn’t run better, it’s got worse framerate. I mean, maybe if you got a superbeefy computer, but my gaming rig can barely run jack in cemu that’s system accurate and it’s not even that old. Xenoblade still has texture and music glitches, and the horribad bloom glitch, the framerate is still terrible. Also “4K!” doesn’t mean much when when other, less common resolution options aren’t available, that’s not even mentioning the massive framerate hit you get for running games in that resolution.

    I mean I do agree that cemu is progressing fast, but I hardly see how that’s worth anything when they’re still a LONG ways from being actually able to emulate anything accurately to the system. The fact that they’re adding all the “bells, whistles and meme features” before they improve the emulator itself shows their priorities enough. As it stands right now, the emulator is just an interesting concept, and not really a viable alternative to the WiiU like the Dolphin is to the Wii or GC.

    Also I don’t understand why you’re so hostile. I was just making an observation. Are you seriously fanboying over an emulator that’s subpar at best? Honestly I’d give it a few years before I even consider it. I’ll stick with my hacked wiiU thank you.

  34. Izzy Lichi
    Izzy Lichi
    April 5, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    son first of all my pc rig is 10x stronger then yours will ever be, and second of all i never use it because PC gets shit games.

  35. Cory Lebow
    Cory Lebow
    April 6, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Sorry, but watching the emulation game since the early days of NES emus I’d have to say this is incredible progress in the emu v. console lifetime gap that has thus been the “normal” of emulation. More interest and more progress, however niche now, will inevitably lead to bigger encompassing leaps sooner rather than later.

    Not fanboying or hating, just flat out saying you’re wrong.

  36. Fandangle
    April 8, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Saying I’m wrong that it is still not system accurate and probably wont be for a few years at best?

    I’m starting to think most of you haven’t even seen a comparison of a WiiU vs Cemu, or sometimes even used cemu.