Nintendo Switch Emulator yuzu For Mac, Windows Can Already Boot A Console Exclusive

A major milestone in yuzu has been achieved, as it can now boot a handful of the Nintendo Switch games work on a computer, that was fine so long as you didn’t own a Mac.

Those of you running one of Apple’s computers do have an alternative, however, and it’s showing great progress in the quest to get homebrew Nintendo’s best games running on a Mac.

Enter yuzu, an emulator that is not only available for the Mac but also Windows, too. So what exactly is yuzu? Well, since you asked…

yuzu is an experimental open-source emulator for the Nintendo Switch from the creators of Citra.

It is written in C++ with portability in mind, with builds actively maintained for Windows, Linux and macOS.

Being it an open-source emulator for the Nintendo Switch from the creators of Citra, the folks working on yuzu have been able to take things to step further than getting homebrew apps to run in the emulator with a number of Nintendo Switch’s actual games now playable. In fact, we even have confirmation that one of Nintendo’s exclusives works, too.

Currently, anyone wanting to play real retail games via yuzu will be able to choose from The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, Puyo Puyo Tetrix, Cave Story+, and the biggies, 1-2 Switch. That’s not all either, a bad start at all, although it could be a little while before anyone can expect to be able to play such behemoths as Zelda: Breathe of the Wild. Still, this is not a bad start at all and shows that progress is indeed being made.

Stay tuned, and also keep an eye on the progress of both yuzu and RyujiNX. Hopefully, both will continue to improve to the point of being capable of playing all those AAA Games we love.

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