Nintendo Switch was released globally on March 3rd, 2017, and featured games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, also released on Wii U, and the Nintendo exclusive Super Mario Odyssey, among others. Ever since the Nintendo Switch emulator release, the portable console’s popularity has been on the rise. But now, the Nintendo Switch games may no longer remain exclusive to it, thanks to an emulator being developed by the team who created the Citra 3DS emulator.
The portable console emulator will be created using reverse engineering, thus making it a perfectly legal project. As a result of being launched as a part of both Nintendo Switch and Wii U, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can already be played on a PC using the CEMU emulator. But games like Super Mario Odyssey, which had remained a Nintendo exclusive till now, may now be accessed on Windows, Mac, and Linux by using the Yuzu emulator, as it’s being called.
Yuzu has been called ‘experimental’ and ‘open source’ on the official website and is still in its primary stages of development. As of yet, it can boot some titles but does not have the necessary GPU features to render 3D graphics.
Compared to high-end hardware like home consoles, it is much easier to emulate portable consoles. Hence, it does not come as much of a surprise that a Nintendo Switch emulator has started developing so soon after its launch. And the previous successes of the team that is reported to be working on the project makes Yuzu an achievable emulator. Nintendo has yet to comment on this development.