Open-Source Nintendo Switch Emulators Are Already Showing Up To Replace Yuzu

Suyu and Nuzu emulators are based on Yuzu to carry its legacy forward without support for piracy.

Story Highlights

  • Open-source Nintendo Switch emulators have started to replace Yuzu after it was taken down.
  • They are free emulation projects that aim to carry the legacy of Yuzu while being against piracy.
  • The creator of the Suyu emulator is looking for devs to continue the Switch emulation in the industry.

Open-source Nintendo Switch emulators have already begun popping up by the efforts of the community to replace the void left by Yuzu. Named Suyu and Nuzu, they are free emulation projects that aim to carry the Switch emulation community. The creators have built them using the latest version of Yuzu, but the emulators made their staunch stance against piracy clear to ensure Nintendo does not come for them.

suyu, pronounced “sue-you” is the afterlife the world’s most popular, open-source, Nintendo Switch emulator — started by the creators of Citra. […] This project DOES NOT support piracy, you are required to source your own games and keys, we make no money off this project,” reads the announcement for Suzu.

Suyu emulator is capable of running most Nintendo games at full speed with good performance, as long as your hardware supports it. Additionally, the service is completely free to ensure legal safety from Nintendo. In short, the users will likely be able to use the code and services of the Yuzu emulator under a different name.

Note: The Nuzu emulator may have been brought down by a Nintendo DMCA strike at the time of writing since the GitLab page appears to be offline.

The Death Of Yuzu Is A Major Blow To Switch Emulation

For those not in the know, Nintendo took Yuzu to court over concerns of piracy. The devs tried to stand against the industry giant but eventually reached a mutual agreement. Yuzu has ultimately decided to pay Nintendo $2.4 million and sack every service related to the emulator.

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I am personally unsure whether Nintendo will take legal action against these open-source emulation projects. However, the community does not appear to back down in these times of distress.

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