Wii U Games At 4K Are Gorgeous

Image: NeoGAF (u/mcmaster)

Part of the fun of emulators is you can make games look the way they really should.

It's been a staple of the Dolphin emulator for Gamecube and Wii games, and its a feature that is being included in the latest update to the cemu Wii U emulator. The latest version, 1.7.0, is currently only available to Patreon supporters, but it'll be released to the public in about a week.

Until then, here's a taste of just how pretty Wii U games can be.

Images: NeoGAF (u/KingSnake, jediyoshi, KingSnake)

The 4K graphic packs, which lets you configure anti-aliasing, resolution, shadow quality, post-processing, level of lighting effects and more, are only available for a handful of games right now. The video below runs through a side-by-side analysis of some of the games available. (The video is best viewed at 4K, but even at regular 1080p you can see the improved textures, anti-aliasing and overall better image quality.)

If you'd like to view some of the screenshots in their original quality - or at least untarnished by YouTube's video processing - there's a great NeoGAF thread with plenty.


    I played Skyward Sword side-by-side on the Wii and and emulator back when it came out, and it was astounding how much better it looked on the emulator. The main thing for me was draw distances in dungeons. No idea how it scaled like that to the more powerful hardware, but I could see architecture and puzzles in the distance in the emulator, yet it was just fog on the Wii.

    Unfortunately I had to go back to the Wii as the primary platform because the sword slash detection sucked on the emulator :(

      Dolphin's improved a hell of a lot since then - you should give it another shot.

    Might give cemu a try when it's released.

    Is it legal to backup a game you own to play on an emulator?

      As long as you don't give the backup to anyone else it should be ok!

    These are stunning, thank you Alex for sharing.

    Xenoblade was already a pretty game but god damn does it look good in a proper resolution.

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