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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was barely released before the internet exploded with news that the latest installment in Link’s adventures was booting in popular Wii U emulator CemU. Savvy internet users have been working with the makers of the emulator to iron out the kinks in the game so far that include shader, physics and crashing issues. It is amazing work to see such a popular game as Breath of the Wild on PC – a platform that allows gamers to play at 4K or with texture packs.

Zelda Breath of the Wild on PC
Zelda Breath of the Wild on PC can be run at 4K

The CemU emulator has gained a lot of attention recently for its ability to play popular Nintendo games at higher resolutions and frame rates on PC. The addition of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to their catalogue has seen support on the developer Patreon skyrocket as PC users try to get access to the latest versions of the popular software.

The Problem With Emulation

Emulation has long been an issue that divides the gaming world and has tiptoed the line of legality. Many claim that owning a copy of the game allows them to emulate them on more modern hardware and gives them access to more options. Just how many within the emulation communities are actually purchasing the games is often challenged by those who maintain that emulation of games hits developers.

CemU Emulator Breath of the Wild on PC
CemU: The WiiU emulator.

The internet hype surrounding the launch of Nintendo’s latest console – The Switch – and the subsequent launch of one of the Game of the Year contenders with the latest installment of Zelda has got PC users frothing with desire to get their hands on a console exclusive. CemU versions are updating regularly and the subreddit has exploded in recent weeks with users eager to get the latest news.

At The End of the Day

When all is said and done it will be quite some time until the game is running at an acceptable state. That fact has not deterred gamers who are play testing the game right now and paying for the privilege. It took months for Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker to become fully playable. Graphic bugs and crashes prevented the games from being completable. Regardless of the issues the developers and CemU community came together to polish some of Nintendo’s most popular games. The promise of unlocking some Nintendo classics on PC is a powerful force though and the great minds working hard behind the scenes seem determined to make it happen. The only question now is just how long it will be until we have a full working copy of Breath of the Wild on PC.