Contrary to Sony’s (and Microsoft’s) consoles, Nintendo ones start getting emulated quite early on. However, Nintendo Switch emulation has made so much progress that Yuzu can already somewhat emulate “Pokémon: Let’s Go”, a game that was released a mere 2 days ago!
What is Yuzu?
Yuzu is a Nintendo Switch emulator that’s still in its infancy. Currently, it can boot some homebrew and run a couple of commercial games pretty well, including:
Simpler games like Cave Story+ are already playable which shows how much progress has already been made!
The Binding Of Isaac: Afterbirth+
Seiken Densetsu Collection
Significant steps are also being made on games like ARMS, Disagea 5 and Super Mario Odyssey among others
Without a doubt, we can say that this is quite astonishing considering that the Nintendo Switch has only been out for a little over 1.5 years! Right now, development on Yuzu is very active with commits topping a dozen on many days and this is bringing with it substantial improvements.
Other than Yuzu, there’s also Ryujinx but development on that emulator seems to have slowed down even though commits are still being made on its GitHub page.
Pokémon: Let’s Go booting and being semi-playable
The hottest news relating to Nintendo Switch emulation right now is that the two recently released Pokémon Let’s Go games boot and get in-game on latest Yuzu canary builds! This comes as quite a bit of a surprise considering that development on Yuzu started a mere 10 months ago.
From a video by BSoD Gaming, the following could be said about Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu’s current status on Yuzu:
The game seems to be rendering quite well with the exception of dialogue boxes and minor graphical issues/oddities like a blur that’s not in place.
Pokemon Let’s Go is already in-game but remember, you need very high-end hardware to get results similar to those described! (Image from tweet below)
Doing certain actions, like renaming your pokémon, crash the emulator but you may be able to avoid these.
Performance when inside buildings and while in encounters is above 30FPS as it hovers around the 30-48FPS mark depending on how big the area is.
When outside, performance dips to around 25-30FPS so some slow-down is to be expected.
The game’s native framerate is that of 30FPS
Testing was done on a high-end system that includes a Core i7-8700K, 16GB DDR4 RAM and a GTX 980Ti
As a result, don’t expect lower-end systems to have results these good just yet!
Obviously, to play the Pokémon: Let’s Go games on Yuzu, you need to have XCI dumps of the games which should be obtained from your own legally purchased copies.
Without a doubt, this is news is quite mind-blowing and only makes many of us wonder how long it’ll be till we get a fully-functional Nintendo Switch emulator. With current progress rates, a sizeable amount of Nintendo Switch games could be playable in just 1.5-2.5 years which is pretty exciting for those who don’t own a Nintendo Switch yet.
Furthermore, well-developed emulators could also help the homebrew scene since it makes testing and debugging homebrew much quicker. It could also encourage developers who don’t have a hacked Nintendo Switch to make homebrew for it as emulators remove the need of having a physical console during the development process.
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