Yuzu is an open source emulator for the Nintendo Switch. With Yuzu, you can play your Switch games on your PC or Linux.
Here are our picks for the 10 best games currently working with Yuzu:
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild
- Dark Souls Remastered
- Star Wars Episode I: Racer
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Read on to see why we choose these as our top picks for gaming with Yuzu.
1. Super Mario Odyssey
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Super Mario Odyssey took the world by storm five years ago and has solidified itself as a classic worthy of replay. The graphics In Odyssey are very pleasing to the eye, although it is not the best.
In Odyssey, the player runs through several levels representing different kingdoms in hopes to save Princess Peach from Bowser.
The player will run across many puzzles throughout the many different kingdoms challenging your brain and patience.
There are 18 kingdoms in total for the player to explore throughout the game. Super Mario Odyssey is compatible with Yuzu.
2. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
Release Date: December 7, 2018
Super Smash Brothers is the wildly popular arena dueling game that has been a staple of Nintendo’s game lineup for over 20 years.
Ultimate has 89 playable characters that include all characters from past super smash brothers games.
Whether you want to play through single-player adventure mode, World of Light, or play against your friends in multiplayer action Ultimate will bring you back to the days of Nintendo 64 Smash brothers.
Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is compatible with Yuzu.
3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Release Date: March 20, 2020
Animal Crossing has been received as the best Animal Crossing game ever. Animal Crossing New Horizons was nominated for over a dozen different awards, one being a contender for game of the year.
Animal Crossing is a village simulation game that is played in real time. The player is able to customize everything on their island to create a paradise.
As you improve your islands your star rating will increase and as you reach a three star rating K.K. Slider will visit the island and perform a concert which symbolizes the end of the game.
4. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate takes you into the world of a Monster Hunter fighting for survival against various different monsters.
To survive, you will have to hunt monsters and craft new equipment and weapons out of the monsters.
If you are familiar with the past monster hunter games then many of the settings in Generations Ultimate wil be familiar as many locations have made a return.
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is compatible with yuzu.
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Mario Kart is a game almost everyone has played and remembers fondly from their childhood. Players race each other in a multitude of different maps from the Mario universe.
There are 36 different playable characters for the players to choose from before each race.
In these races players are forced to sabotage each other to get an advantage on one another, and whoever can manage to cross that finish line first wins the glory.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe should be compatible with yuzu.
6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Breath of the wild gave Legend of Zelda the breath of fresh air the series needed. The puzzles throughout the world can be completed in a non linear fashion meaning there’s more than one way to complete each puzzle unlike past Legend of Zelda titles.
One of the best new features is the glider that Link can use to explore the world from the sky and appreciate the fantastic graphics of Hyrule. The plot of Breath of the Wild is the classic trope of Zelda.
Link must complete several tasks then fight Gannon himself, much like games before. Breath of the Wild should be compatible with yuzu.
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Cuphead offers a single or co-op story mode that has the players fighting through several platforming levels. At the end of each level the players fight a boss.
Cuphead has a very unique and interesting art style. Cup Head can be a very challenging game for players not familiar with platformers.
The plot of the game is about Cuphead and his brother Mugman who against their elders’ warnings play craps against the devil.
Cuphead ends up winning a lot and bets it all against the devil on one roll and loses. Without being able to pay the devil cuphead must pay in favors. Cuphead should be compatible with Yuzu.
8. Dark Souls Remastered
Release Date: May 24, 2018
Darks Souls is considered one of the most unforgiving video games of all time. Dark Souls Remastered brings back the first Dark Souls with better graphics and cleaner gameplay.
The game is the same old run from bonfire to bonfire collecting items and estus flasks to get more powerful.
Eventually you will run into bosses that will seem almost impossible, but that is what makes the game so rewarding is its harsh difficulty.
There is also a multiplayer feature where the player can either help another play or invade another player for head on head action. Dark Souls Remastered is compatible with Yuzu.
9. Star Wars Episode I: Racer
Release Date: 1999
Star Wars Episode I Racer is the best selling sci-fi racing game of all time. You play in the pod racing ring featured in The Phantom Menace.
It even features fan favorite characters from the Phantom Menace such as Anakin Skywalker. Most of the races are on the famous planet of Tatooine with a few races on other obscure planets.
In tournament mode the player competes in races to make money and improve their pod racer in hopes of winning the championship.
The game offered split screen multiplayer for players that wanted a head on head with their friends. Star Wars Episode I: Racer is compatible with Yuzu.
10. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Release Date: July 15, 2003
Knights of the Old Republic is one of the best story driven star wars games to date. Darth Malak unleashed Sith upon the republic leaving many Jedi scattered and vulnerable.
This leaves the player awakening in a capital ship with no memory of your past. The player’s actions throughout the story will decide whether they join the light or dark side of the force.
This is a mostly roleplaying game based on dungeons and dragons third edition. KOTOR is compatible with Yuzu.
What Is Yuzu?
Yuzu is an open-sourced emulator for the Nintendo Switch that launched in 2018. As an emulator, Yuzu allows you to play certain Nintendo Switch titles on your PC. The most common way to use the Yuzu emulator is in tandem with your Switch console, meaning you must own a Switch to use the emulator.
Yuzu is a Nintendo Switch emulator for PC and Linux. In other words, Yuzu allows you to play your Nintendo switch games from your PC.
Although Yuzu is free, you’ll need to own the titles you want to play in order to (legally) obtain them for use with the Yuzu emulator.
How Do You Use Yuzu On PC?
To use Yuzu Nintendo Switch emulator on PC, you first need to download the emulator from the official website of the Yuzu project. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the emulator on your PC, you’ll need to copy game files and game keys from your Switch to your PC using specialized software.
The process of installing Yuzu on your PC and extracting game keys from your Switch game files is more complicated than you might assume.
Before you begin, you need to make sure you can even use your Switch with the Yuzu emulator. Not all Switch builds are compatible, and only models vulnerable to the fusee gelee RCM exploit will work.
To check if your Switch model is compatible, you can enter its serial number on this site.
If you have a compatible Switch, then you just need a few things to get started. In particular, you’ll need a USB-C cable for connecting your Switch to your PC and a micro SD card for transferring game keys/files.
Once you have what you need, then you’ll need to follow the process outlined in the Yuzu quick start guide, found here.
Basically, the guide walks you through the somewhat lengthy process of using special tools to download all of your Switch games and their software keys, and transferring those to the emulator on your PC.
While this is the most common way of using the Yuzu emulator, some people also download the game files and keys they want online, bypassing the need to own the games they use on the emulator.
This second method is not encouraged, however, as it’s illegal.
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