An experimental open-source emulator app for the Nintendo Switch!



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    Yuzu 1743 LATEST

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    Jack Taylor

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    Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 / Windows 11

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Yuzu is the only actively developed emulator of Nintendo Switch gaming software that has actually managed to be very proficient in providing strong compatibility, accurate emulation, and even ability to render numerous games in a fully playable state. That’s right! With the Yuzu emulator, the owners of a bit stronger PC configurations can unlock access to some of the most popular titles that are breaking sales records on the newly released Nintendo Switch console.

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Note: This product is not developed actively anymore.

This includes not only 1st party games developed by Nintendo but also numerous 3rd party titles offered by numerous developers from all around the world.

Developed and regularly updated by the Citra Team, the same group of talented coders that have created powerful Nintendo 3DS emulator called Citra, Yuzu for PC today represents the only Nintendo Switch emulator that can competently run commercial games. This feat is enabled by full integration of the emulator framework with the core OS, firmware, GPU driver, and hardware solutions found in the Nintendo Switch console, enabling strong PC configurations to accurately emulate console’s ARM processor and Nvidia Tegra GPU. To achieve the best performance, the users are recommended to give the emulator as much CPU processing power as possible, and the presence of capable modern GPU is also strongly needed.
After years of development and hard work on identifying thousands of individual issues that creep up when rendering a single video game, Yuzu today enables PC users to for example boot up and play incredibly popular 3D platformer Super Mario Odyssey at high framerate, 4K resolution!

While the same feat can also be repeated on a few other popular games, this emulator still lacks the ability to flawlessly reproduce the entire library of software available on the Switch console. However, Citra Team is constantly upgrading this emulator, and each month offers new and exciting tools, fixes, and rendering advancement that can quickly move many games from unplayable state to incredibly polished experience.

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Yuzu (Nintendo Switch Emulator) is 100% FREE and is optimized for use on Windows 10 and Windows 11. While anyone can access this emulator, the Patron subscribers of this development project gain exclusive access to the newest builds before they are released to the public.

  • High Compatibility: It boasts impressive compatibility with a wide range of Nintendo Switch games, including both commercial and indie titles.
  • Performance Optimization: The emulator continually receives updates to improve performance, ensuring smoother gameplay and reduced latency.
  • Customization Options: Users can tweak various settings to optimize performance according to their system specifications and preferences.
  • Controller Support: It offers support for various controllers, allowing users to enjoy their gaming experience using their preferred input devices.
  • Save State Functionality: Like many emulators, it allows users to save their progress at any point in the game, providing convenient checkpoints for seamless gameplay.
User Interface

The program features a clean and intuitive user interface, making it easy for both novice and experienced users to navigate.

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The main dashboard provides quick access to game libraries, settings, and additional features, while the emulator's settings menu offers extensive customization options for fine-tuning the gaming experience.

Installation and Setup

Installing this software is a straightforward process. Users can download the emulator from the official website or trusted third-party sources, like FileHorse. Once downloaded, simply follow the on-screen instructions to install the software on your computer. Setting up Yuzu involves configuring various settings such as graphics, audio, and input preferences to optimize performance for your system.

How to Use

Using this app is as simple as launching the emulator and selecting the desired game from your library. Users can customize their gaming experience by adjusting settings such as resolution, frame rate, and control mappings. Once configured, simply hit play to start enjoying your favorite Nintendo Switch titles on your PC.

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Is Yuzu for PC legal to use?
Yes, Yuzu is legal to use as long as you own a legitimate copy of the games you intend to play.

Can Yuzu run all Nintendo Switch games?
While this program aims for high compatibility, not all games may run perfectly due to varying levels of optimization and emulation support.

What are the system requirements for Yuzu?
It requires a relatively powerful computer with a modern CPU, GPU, and sufficient RAM to run games smoothly. Specific requirements may vary depending on the game being played.

Does Yuzu support multiplayer functionality?
The app currently does not support multiplayer functionality, but developers are working to implement this feature in future updates.

Are there any legal risks associated with using Yuzu?
As long as users adhere to copyright laws and only use Yuzu to play games they own, there should be no legal risks associated with using the emulator.


Ryujinx: Another popular Nintendo Switch emulator, Ryujinx offers similar features and compatibility with Switch games.

Cemu - Wii U Emulator: Play your favorite Wii U games directly on your Windows PC.

RetroArch: RetroArch is a multi-system emulator that supports a wide range of gaming consoles, including the Nintendo 3DS.

Desmume: Desmume is another open-source Nintendo DS emulator that also offers some support for 3DS games.


The program is available as a FREE, open-source software, making it accessible to all users without any upfront costs.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 4.3 or later compatible GPU
  • OS: Windows 11/10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 or equivalent
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series or later
  • High compatibility with Nintendo Switch games
  • Regular updates for performance improvements
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Customization options for optimal gaming experience
  • This application has been discontinued
  • Some games may not run perfectly due to emulation limitations
  • System requirements may be demanding for smooth performance

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