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Yuzu
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Developer(s) Team Yuzu
Initial release January 14, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-01-14)
Written in C++
Operating system Windows, Linux, macOS (unofficial)
License GNU GPLv2
Yuzu system requirements
CPU Minimum: Intel i3-6100 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
Recommended: Intel i5-8600K or AMD Ryzen 5 3600
Memory Minimum: 8GB RAM
Recommended: 16GB RAM
Graphics Minimum: OpenGL 4.5 support or Vulkan 1.1 such as an Intel HD Graphics 530 or Nvidia GeForce GT 710
Recommended: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 470 8GB

Yuzu, stylized as yuzu, is a free and open-source emulator of the Nintendo Switch. Yuzu was announced to be in development on January 14, 2018, 10 months after the Nintendo Switch came out. It is developed in C++.

The emulator is made by the developers of the Nintendo 3DS emulator Citra. Both programs use a lot of the same code. At first, Yuzu only supported test programs and homebrew, but as of July 2019, a small amount of games work without any issues. A list of games that work with Yuzu is updated on Yuzu's official website.

Features

Yuzu uses a network service called Boxcat instead of Nintendo's BCAT dynamic content network.

Yuzu allows the resolution to be changed to that of docked mode or undocked mode, or even higher than any of them.

In December 2019, Yuzu added an experimental Vulkan renderer to its Early Access build. As of April 2020, this Vulkan renderer is being used with MoltenVK to continue making Yuzu for MacOS because Apple discourages the use of OpenGL in MacOS.

On May 9, 2020, the development team announced an update that included experimental multi-core CPU emulation.

Reception

In October 2018, Kotaku published an article saying Super Mario Odyssey was playable. The author of the article showed concern Yuzu could emulate games that were available commercially at the time.

PC Gamer said Yuzu was able to run Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! shortly after the games came out, but with audio issues.

In October 2019, Gizmodo published an article saying Yuzu could emulate some games at a frame rate at about the same speed as a real Nintendo Switch.

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