We’re Getting Closer To A Working Switch Emulator

We’re Getting Closer To A Working Switch Emulator
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One of the creators of the rather popular Citra 3DS Emulator has announced they are working on a new project – a Nintendo Switch emulator for Windows, Mac and Linux.

The emulator, called ‘yuzu’, is built on the same groundwork as their previous emulator, thanks to the 3DS and Switch being reasonably similar in architecture. However, it’s still a long way off being complete – it can’t even play actual Switch games on it as of yet and is only useful if you’re into messing around with homebrew code or want to do some research into how the hardware works.

Even so, the emulator’s website stresses that they’re making some good progress and that getting it to play games is one of their biggest priorities.

This begs the question: how long until Nintendo decide they’ve had enough and ask them to stop?


  • This begs the question: how long until Nintendo decide they’ve had enough and ask them to stop?


    Emulators themselves aren’t illegal. Nintendo couldn’t shut down Wii or Wii U emulators like Dolphin and they can’t shut down this.

    Only the roms themselves are illegal. It’s true that, of course the primary use of an emulator is to play roms but unless the creators are making roms available (they won’t) they have nothing to worry about.

    • I could see them worming a “this enables the use of illegal property” and knowing how money talks, I could see it working.

      • Nah, it’s not illegal to emulate a piece of hardware.

        Now, if you’re talking about a device that plugs into a PC that allows you to use a Switch cartridge on it, or even worse allow you to dump the rom and save it to your computer, THAT would be grounds for “this enables the use of illegal property”.

        • There is also a likely fact that nintendo probably does not want to bring attention to this. Because if they did attempt legal action. Not only would they likely loose due to US Copyright laws. They would also enable the streisand effect.

          • US copyright laws are pretty shit and they could probably use that to their advantage. There is bound to be some sort of DMCA shit they could pull relating to code that makes it run.

          • Companies have tried and failed to take legal action against emulators, extending way back to Sony and the Bleem! Playstation emulator (which was marketed and made available during the PS1’s lifetime). Sony was unsuccessful in court then and Nintendo would be unsuccessful in court now if they tried to shut down a Switch emulator.

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