Super Mario Odyssey Is Already Playable In An Emulator

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We tend to associate emulators as a means of playing old games from superseded systems, but the Yuzu emulator is different: it’s trying to run Nintendo Switch games on the PC, and it’s doing a very good job.


Yuzu was only announced in January, but is already doing big things, as we can see in this vid:

There are some graphical glitches in parts and slowdown in others, but for the most part that’s Super Mario Odyssey, playable on a PC.

This is a weird place to be in. A lot of emulation work takes place in a legal minefield, but can generally be tolerated by most folks because the games and systems they’re emulating are old and tough (or even impossible) to find digitally.

Yuzu, though, is emulating a very current system, with very current and commercially successful games. That’s a tough sell.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs



My bet: only a matter of time until Nintendo tries to shut this down. Which I absolutely support; I can’t imagine any valid reasons for needing to emulate Switch games in 2018.

I’m generally okay with emulation of games that aren’t for sale anymore, but this is blatantly a way to circumvent having to buy $60 games (even if it’s not necessarily harming Nintendo’s pockets THAT much).