The name of the emulator is “yuzu” and it is a Switch open-source emulator written in C++. Brought to us by the creators of the legendary Citra 3Ds emulator.
Last week, the work on a new Switch emulator was announced nearly a year after Nintendo released the console. Its name is “yuzu” and its development was started this spring by bunnei who is actually one of the creators of the famous Citra 3Ds emulator.
Announcing yuzu, the first Nintendo Switch emulator that does all of the things you didn't need it to do! Stay tuned for more from the yuzu team!
— yuzu (@yuzuemu) January 14, 2018
The reason for its fast creation are the similarities between the Switch and the 3Ds, which allowed for it to be developed as a fork of the Citra. The baby emulator is written in C++ and its parents promise that it is made with compatibility in mind. They assure that “its builds are actively maintained for Windows, Linux, and macOS”. It’s an open-source emulator who is currently used for “research” purposes and the homebrew code. It can’t run any Switch games. Yet!
“yuzu only emulates a subset of Switch hardware and therefore is generally only useful for running/debugging homebrew applications. At this time, yuzu does not run any commercial Switch games. yuzu can boot some games, to varying degrees of success, but does not implement any of the necessary GPU features to render 3D graphics.” – yuzu’s team.
Something Switchy This Way Comes
The new project is still in its early days, but its developers promise that it will soon be at 100%. Most of its development happens to be on GitHub and people can help by either lending their mad coding skill to the team. Or a simple donate to the project. Bear in mind, the project is already released as an open-source.
Just like the name of the 3Ds emulator – Citra. The name “yuzu” comes from a name of a fruit too – junos or yuzu. According to the project’s website, this name was chosen to honor of the previous emulator and the people who created it.