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Switch emulator announced by the team responsible for Citra

A Nintendo switch with the joycon undocked.
Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch was released in March, 2017. An emulator for the console is now in the works by the team that brought us Citra - the 3DS emulator. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already playable on PC, since it wasn't a Switch exclusive.

Nintendo Switch is getting a shiny new emulator. Yuzu is coming courtesy of the team behind the 3DS emulator Citra. This news comes no less than 10 months after Nintendo's console launched.

Even though Switch's biggest game - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - is already playable with an emulator, there is a lot of cool games that are Switch exclusive. Based on the team's previous work, there's little doubt this emulator will fail to meet our expectations.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already playable due to it also being available on Wii U. The players enjoying the world of Hyrule on a PC have been forced to do so at 30 frames per second. That rate is less than desirable nowadays, but a modder has done the preliminary work to make Breath of the Wild run at 60 fps on PC.

"If you get 30 now you will get half speed 30 with this “mod”. At the moment this is really only valid for use in shrines since physics are now set to be full speed at 60 fps." says epigramx' Reddit post.

"The reason I held off releasing this is because this pack should really just be considered a proof of concept. It was only a hasty altering of one line of code so that I could get a few other eyes on it and make sure I wasn't convincing myself of something that wasn't real."

NintendoA Nintendo switch with the joycon undocked.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

User Epigramx copied Xalphenos' post from the Cemu Discord channel. The bad news was that the Cemu emulator and Zelda were so demanding, no system could really run BotW at a full 60 fps. The good news? A fairly simple hack appeared to bypass Breath of the Wild's 30 fps lock without causing any messy conflicts.

And now we wait.