Ryujinx, an open-source Nintendo Switch emulator, seeing great progress: Some titles, like Puyo Puyo Tetris, already in-game/playable
It’s pretty mind-blowing how a console that’s barely a year old already has a flourishing homebrew scene, a hardware-based exploit that needs a new hardware revision to be patched and the ability the run game backups. However, what I personally think is the most astonishing thing relating to the Nintendo Switch is that Ryujinx, a Nintendo Switch emulator, can already run some games properly!
What is Ryujinx? What progress has been made?
Ryujinx is a work-in-progress Nintendo Switch emulator that’s been around since early February 2018. With a team of 6 developers, the lead developer being gdkchan who created gdkGBA, the emulator is seeing some great progress with some games and homebrew running already. Currently, the emulator is capable of running the following:
- Puyo Puyo Tetris, a puzzle game by Sega, gets in-game and is playable albeit somewhat slowly.
- It currently runs at around 15-20FPS on a computer sporting a Core i5-7600K and a GTX 1080
- Sonic Mania is fully playable and runs at 60FPS provided you have adequately performing hardware.
- Tiny Barbarian DX is totally playable and runs at above 60FPS even on hardware that’s not cutting edge (GTX 660)
- Cave Story+ seems to work somewhat well and runs at around 20FPS on modern mid-range hardware
- The Binding of Isaac : Afterbirth also runs at around 10-15 FPS (GTX 1080 + Core i5-7600K)
- Other titles such as Stardew Valley, Super Mario Odyssey, One Piece Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition have got to the main menu
- Some homebrew, such as TetrisSwitch is also working
As always, Nintendo’s consoles are always the first to be emulated as similar things happened with the Nintendo Wii and Dolphin. For years, Nintendo Wii games have been perfectly playable on adequately-specced PCs while consoles of the same generation, like the PS3 and XBOX 360, had to wait years before any significant progress in emulating them was made.
Does this mean I can start emulating Switch games on my PC now?
The answer is yes and no. If you have a high-end PC, you can go grab Ryujinx and try running your own game dumps on it but don’t expect much to run at 60FPS! It must also be mentioned that the dumps have to be extracted and decrypted before attempting to run them with Ryujinx as it doesn’t support running XCI files directly yet.
For other people, the best thing to do right now is wait and follow Ryujinx’s progress via the links below. The emulator is still in somewhat early stages but at this rate, you may be able to play some games with a good framerate in one/two years if you have a high-end PC!
Furthermore, there’s also Yuzu which is a competing Switch emulator that’s being developed by Citra (3DS emulator) developers so keeping an eye on that is also a good idea!
To keep up to date with the latest developments, simply follow the links below and remember, patience is key here!
Ryujinx website (more info/news) + compatibility list + Discord channel + download link): https://ryujinx.org/
Yuzu (more of the above): https://yuzu-emu.org/
The hyperlinks in the list of games are to YouTube channels that Wololo is not affiliated with in any way. They’re simply meant as proof backing up my claims as I don’t own the games nor the adequate hardware to produce such videos myself. -Aurora