Emulation News: Ryujinx can now run Mario Kart 8 Deluxe pretty well thanks to 32-bit ARM binary support & byuu, higan, bsnes all receive notable improvements including massive performance boost in byuu!
The emulation scene is no stranger to surprises and today, we have one of these as the Ryujinx folks have demonstrated Mario Kart 8 Deluxe running very well on their emulator despite it being the underdog! In this article, we’ll also be looking at updates to byuu’s most notable offerings including higan, bsnes and byuu.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe running pretty well in Ryujinx
In the last couple of months, Yuzu continued cementing its place as the de facto Switch emulator that every should resort to thanks to the addition of a Vulkan renderer, the ability to render games at higher resolutions, compatibility with some popular titles Pokemon Let’s Go and much more.
However, development on Ryujinx was still going on in the mean while and on Monday, they posted a video on Twitter demonstrating the emulator run the highly-popular Mario Kart 8 Deluxe pretty well although the sound is a tad messed up. Other than simply being a notable feat, the fact that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is running in Ryujinx means that the emulator supports 32-bit ARM binaries which come bundled with some Wii U ports to the Switch. As of right now, Yuzu doesn’t allow 32-bit binaries to run but work is on-going to implement support for them meaning that titles such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, New Super Mario Bros U, Captain Toad and Monster Hunter XX will eventually be runnable in Yuzu.
It’s important to note that a PC with pretty beefy specs is required in order to run Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in Ryujinx with good results as the PC that the video was recorded on has the following specs:
- Ryzen 3900X
- 16GB DDR4 3400MHz RAM
- Geforce GTX 1070
You may download Ryujinx from this link and give your dumped copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a go on your PC! Ryujinx have also published a January/February progress report but it’s Patreon-only which, in my opinion, only reduces the amount of hype/interest in the emulator from the community as the emulator is already an underdog.
Byuu v2, higan v108 and bsnes v115 released with performance improvements, fixes and more!
Last week, developer byuu released a 25-system emulator named ‘byuu’ which they consider to be their most important contribution to the emulation scene as evidenced by the words “I am hoping for this project to be what I’m remembered by after I’m gone one day” in the version 1.0 release post.
Moving forward a little over a week, byuu seems to have gone on a development spree and has updated their most popular contributions to the emulation scene.
These updates, which will be the last major releases for a while, include:
- Byuu version 2.0 – A multi-system emulator that aims to combine higan’s accuracy with bsnes’ simplicity
- This comes with huge performance improvements, run-ahead/rewind features promised in the version 1.0 release post & support for Famicom Disk System and Mega CD
- Higan version 108 – Another multi-system emulator that focuses on high accuracy
- This release brings about some UI refinements and more accurate emulation
- Bsnes version 115 – A pretty popular SNES emulator that comes with unique features such as HD Mode 7 graphics & true Super Game Boy emulation
- This update brings along bug fixes for numerous titles which are unmentioned and improvements to the run-ahead feature