Long before Nintendo started packaging classic games in miniature versions of their old consoles, the easiest way to play those games was with an emulator. Despite its questionable legality, emulators of virtually all consoles have been released on PC, Android and even other video game consoles over the years.
As expected, it often takes years after a console is started for an emulator to be developed, but this weekend, the team behind the Citra emulator for the 3DS announced that it is already working on an emulator Switch.
"Announcing yuzu, the first Nintendo Switch emulator that does everything it does not need to do!" revealed the team on a new Twitter account on Sunday . "Stay tuned for more of the yuzu team!"
While a Switch emulator was almost inevitable, it is more than surprising to see significant progress in one so early in the life cycle of the console. The Switch was launched last March, which means that even if we are months away from seeing the first signs of life from the Yuzu emulator, the team is still ahead.
The team did not provide more information, but it took last month, homebrew and piracy site Wololo covered a presentation of the 34C3 hacking conference where a group of hackers discussed a kernel exploit that could lead a homebrew launcher to be available for the switch. This use was made possible in part by the fact that Nintendo used a Nvida Tegra X1 GPU "ready to use", a chip that has already been well documented.
It is unclear if these two incidents are related or not, but the search for more news about a Switch emulator is on in the coming weeks and months. But do not expect to play Super Mario Odyssey on PC in the short term.