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A Nintendo Switch Emulator is in the works - Meet yuzu

Will Nintendo take action against this emulator?

A Nintendo Switch Emulator is in the works

A Nintendo Switch Emulator is in the works

A Nintendo Switch emulator called yuzu is now in development, coming from many of the same minds that created the Citra 3DS emulator. This work-in-progress emulator will be an entirely open source project, which will reverse engineer Nintendo's latest console to hopefully create a software suite to rival the likes of the Dolphin (Wii) emulator. 

What differentiates this yuzu from the likes of the Wii U's CEMU emulator is the fact that this project is an open source, allowing even Nintendo to see the software's source code, proving that the emulator is reverse-engineered and doesn't use stolen Nintendo code. In contrast, the Wii U CEMU emulator is a closed source project, leaving it unclear how the software was created. 

Yuzu stated its life as a branch of Citra during its early development and has now become a standalone project. Below is an excerpt from a post from bunnei, one of the leaders of the Citra team who spearheaded the Yuzu project. 
 

      yuzu is a work-in-progress Nintendo Switch emulator. yuzu is an open-source project, licensed under the GPLv2 (or any later version). yuzu has been designed with portability in mind, with builds available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. The project was started in spring of 2017 by bunnei, one of the original authors of the popular Citra 3DS emulator, to experiment with and research the Nintendo Switch. Due to the similarities between Switch and 3DS, yuzu was developed as a fork of Citra. This means that it uses the same project architecture, and both emulators benefit from shared improvements. During the early months of development, work was done in private, and progress was slow. However, as Switch reverse-engineering and homebrew development became popular, work on yuzu began to take off as well.

In January of 2018, the yuzu team was formed out of several Citra developers, and the decision was made to release the project publicly. As an emulator, yuzu is in its infancy, and is only currently useful for Switch reverse-engineering and homebrew development.

 

A Nintendo Switch Emulator is in the works


At this time the yuzu emulator is unable to run any commercially available Switch games, though it can boot some titles. At this time it is unknown how long it will take before the emulator will be able to run any games in a playable state, given how complicated emulation is. 
  
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14-01-2018, 16:50:45

g0ggles1994
Cease and Desist in 3...Quote

14-01-2018, 17:03:46

WYP
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Originally Posted by g0ggles1994 View Post
Cease and Desist in 3...
Well, the Dolphin emulator was an open source project that was developed while the Wii was still on store shelves and they failed to react. Not much they can do provided it is proper reverse engineering of the console without the use of Nintendo code.

If anything it is the CEMU emulator is what people need to worry about, as it has developed rapidly as a closed source project and is effectively selling new builds on a Patreon that earns over $16,000 per month. It is a much easier target for Nintendo if they wanted to try anything legal.Quote

15-01-2018, 05:41:04

g0ggles1994
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
Well, the Dolphin emulator was an open source project that was developed while the Wii was still on store shelves and they failed to react. Not much they can do provided it is proper reverse engineering of the console without the use of Nintendo code.

If anything it is the CEMU emulator is what people need to worry about, as it has developed rapidly as a closed source project and is effectively selling new builds on a Patreon that earns over $16,000 per month. It is a much easier target for Nintendo if they wanted to try anything legal.
I think it's timing more than anything. Dolphin started on Wii emulation 2 years after the release of the console and by the time it could boot and run Wii games, it had already sold 50 million units. Plus back in 08-09; emulation wasn't as big as it is today (From my experience at least).

I don't think Nintendo care much for Cemu because ever since the Switch launched; they've had a "lets forget" attitude about the Wii U. I wouldn't be surprised is Yuzu takes off and goes the way of Cemu but at the same time, I would expect Nintendo to try and block it considering how young the Switch is to the market and how quick Nintendo have been to issue C+Ds in the pastQuote

15-01-2018, 07:03:05

AlienALX
They can bark all they like but providing it doesn't contain any code that belongs to them there is nothing they can do.

The only emulator in history that was stopped in its tracks was Bleem, and that is because they were providing the console's bios with it. Other PS1 emus soon came out, but you had to find the bios yourself.

An emulator doesn't do anything illegal, it's what you choose to use it for. Providing it isn't packed with any roms or code there's nothing the owners can do.Quote
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