Wii U emulator: Cemu 1.5.0 public release, Cemu 1.5.1 available on patreon


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20 Responses

  1. TaiMaiShu says:

    *pop* goes the cherry! 🙂

  2. Adam says:

    I’m sorry, but charging people $5/month on Patreon to get the newest version of an EMULATOR is kinda BS….I know it takes a lot of time, skill and effort to make these, but people shouldn’t be charging a monthly fee for an updated emulator. ESPECIALLY considering it is a violation of Nintendo ToS

    • Darkova says:


    • Raoul says:

      Remember that Nintendo’s ToS is not the law.
      These people are not just paying for an updated emulator, they are paying for the work going into it.
      When you buy a pizza you don’t only pay for the dough, tomato and cheese, you need to pay for the labor and rent of the place too.
      Yes I’m impressed that they get $2000 a month for this, but good for them, they deserve it.

    • Franky says:

      I don’t think you get how patreon works.

    • MarSprite says:

      Go write an emulator and you may determine how you wish to handle its code and distribution. Give it away free, charge an absurd price, only let your friends have it, give it to girlfriends to show them what an awesome nerd you are, whatever you want. The coders for Cemu get the same privileges.

    • gluedo says:

      Good thing you don’t have to pay for it, then.
      Seriously, try programming a current-gen console emulator all by yourself, and see if you don’t end up thinking your work is worth some kind of monetary reward.

    • IamEve says:

      If you don’t like it, then don’t download it. Nobody cares what you think. If you care about Nintendo’s ToS so much, go buy a Wii U.. The fact that you are on wololo means, in some shape or form, you are thinking about hacking the console or curious about it.

      The fact that the developers are actually trying to make a working emulator and succeeding… deserves the money for their time/work, and not some proof of concept that is just trying to make a quick buck.

    • CPUzX says:

      You need to realize that the money doesn’t just go to them for a 6 pack of beers and a netflix subscription, it’s actually a form of motivation, feedback, development expenses and ensuring that the developers can put more time towards actually developing the emulator without having to worry about other personal work ties. Nobody is forced to be a Patreon, and if they are a Patreon, it’s because they chose to be. If that’s what makes them happy, that’s their choice. Uploading Nintendo content on Youtube is also against their ToS, but that’s absolutely silly & ridiculous too, so who cares.

    • You Are an Idiot says:

      An Emulator is not violating the Nintendo ToS. as they do not use Code from Nintendo themself.
      You should inform yourself before talking ***.

      Not you look like a stupid *** who has no clue what he talks about AND is to grumpy to supoprt someone who does amazing stuff with 5$ per month, while you probably invest 500$ into other video games to jerk your small *** off infront of naked male WoW Characters.

  3. “it is easier to get talented developers to join long-term when their name will have more meaning in the credits.”
    This sounds like a solid argument, the next one however: “piracy can become the main source for development motivation. ” it may not be the motivation of development, but you can be damned sure that’s all 90% of the user base does with it, pirate. An often used argument as to why emulators are to exist is the replicating of functionality of an obsolete system. Wii Us and it’s software can still be bought for at least another year, yet this emulator does nothing to help that, in fact it probably worsens it. And this is why emulators should be a no-go until the system reached end of life.
    All in all I have to say it’s amazing looking at how quickly this close sourced project makes progress this quickly, but I have to wonder how much it would benefit if it joined hands with some of the geniuses behind dolphin.

  4. Franky says:

    I need to remember to become a patreon before the end of the month. This looks golden!

  5. Zeke says:

    I personally have no problem with them charging for their work and keeping it closed. It’s their time, effort and coding skill that’s gone into building this, they don’t “owe the community” to release it for free if they choose not to. The emulator itself can still be had for free, it’s just the donators that get the releases earlier. The slight monetisation gives the team an incentive to continue putting the hours in to make it better with every release, which is why they’ve been able to get it this far in a shorter space of time. Smaller team, less fragmentation, allows them to keep focus.

    Me personally, when I have time I’m going to try it so I can judge whether or not I want to buy a Wii U. Since I’m such a huge Mario Kart fan (I have the SNES/GBA versions on my Vita and the GBA/DS/3DS versions on my 3DS), I’d guess that I’ll love 8 and will buy a real console to play it on. Probably true of a few other titles as well. Kind of a “try before you buy” situation.

  6. Davenor says:

    Someone should do a patreon for hacking vita, I don’t know if it would be legally possible though…

    Sorry for my bad english.

  7. Relys says:

    I guess you kids haven’t been around long enough to remember https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleem!

    CEMU’s excuse to charge is complete and utter bullcrap. Just look at the success of open source projects such as Dolphin and Citra. These *** couldn’t make money off of exploits since we released them for free, so they decide to go and make a business around emulator development. All code should be open source. Open knowledge and accessibility to the development platform and inner-workings of the system is the reason that drives Comex, Marionumber1, Hykem and myself.

    • wololo says:

      I remember Bleem. I also remember that they would legally have won, but ran out of money and that’s what killed them. Nintendo could play the same game with Cemu but at least there’s precedence here confirming that commercial emulators are legal (which is confirmed by the Wikipedia link you sent).

      I do not disagree with your other points though. That’s always the problem with people using knowledge/tools they acquired freely in order to build some commercial solution. Some people are bitter about it, for good or bad reasons. I’ve had my share of bitterness (my open source game Wagic being sold “as is” on some mobile platforms, and more recently this: http://wololo.net/2016/04/27/is-it-ok-to-sell-a-console-hacking-service ). It’s also my experience that people have different approaches in here. Some open source people are the Steve Wozniak of their projects (“it was fun building that thing, I don’t care if other people made billions on my back”), others don’t like the idea that their work is reused in a commercial, closed source shape.

  8. Stephen says:

    In fairness, EVERY emu, heck every thing, is doomed if it isn’t opensourced. It doesn’t matter how good the program is, how well liked it is, etc. In time, it will fade, or be replaced with an opensource one. The question is, how long. Will it last long enough for it not to matter? Possibly, who knows. I do hope that when/if it is ever dropped it is opensourced, so others can grab the mantle. Though I think that for most closed programs :).

    This isn’t to say I begrudge him/her. They can do what they like, it is their code. Do you, as they say.

  9. garvin says:

    The only response I have to this is “Project64”.

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