How are these people running 3DS and Wii U games on their PS Vita?
Lately, several people have been publishing videos of themselves playing 3DS or Wii U AAA titles on their PS Vita, such as Pokémon Sun/Moon or Mario Kart 8. In most cases, the authors of the videos explain how they’ve done it. In some cases however, either the author of the video (intentionally or not) doesn’t explain the technique used, or other people use it to trick other people into believing the PS Vita can run 3DS or Wii U games, on its own. The truth is, yes, you can play 3DS and Wii U games on a hacked PS vita, but not directly.
How to play 3DS and Wii U games on a PS vita
You can play 3DS and Wii U games on a PS Vita, indirectly. In practice, you will be running a 3DS or Wii U emulator on your PC, and streaming the result to your PS Vita. Technically, the PS vita is used as a screen and a controller for the game, so, in practice, you are really playing these games on your PS Vita, but your PC does the actual work in the background. Awesome to play in your bed or on the couch, but this will not let you play Pokémon Sun on your PS Vita in the Bus.
It’s still an impressive feature, all thanks to the port of Moonlight to the PS Vita. This tool, which requires an NVidia graphics card, lets you stream the screen of your PC to any client, including the PS Vita (thanks to the port of the moonlight client)
What you’ll need:
- A powerful PC with an NVidia graphics card
- NVidia Moonlight running on your PC
- A 3DS emulator (such as Citra) and/or a Wii U emulator (such as Cemu) running on your PC
- A hacked PS Vita running HENkaku
- The moonlight PS Vita client installed and running on your PS Vita
Once all these tools are installed and set up properly, you should be able to play 3DS games and Wii U games on your PS Vita. And no, do not ask where to get roms.
Enjoy your mooonlight-enabled PS Vita!