Zelda: Breath of the Wild Is Finally ‘Playable’ On PC With Latest CEMU Emulator

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is out now for the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U. While there is no emulator yet for the Nintendo Switch, some developers are hard at work on a potential Nintendo Wii U emulator famously known as CEMU. The latest version of this emulator, that hasn’t been made available publicly has made it possible to get the game to be in a ‘playable’ state, although there are still bugs and glitches to be fixed.

This is a rather impressive update since the game only booted to the main menu screen when it launched on March 3rd. The developers appears to have made a huge amount of progress in such a short time leading to the game already showing gameplay that looks to closely match the regular version of the game. However, just as it is the case with in-development emulator, there are bugs and visual glitches that make it impossible to actually beat the game this way.


The video above shows a long stretch of gameplay in the latest version of CEMU (1.7.3). We can notice that the game looks to be ‘playable’ but it certainly isn’t in an ideal state here and there are some kinks to work out, including the water that is strangely absent leaving the fish dead.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now for the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo Switch. A comparison between both versions of the game can be found from here.

  • Gabe Isko

    If you can’t see credits, I’m pretty sure it’s not considered playable by emulation standards. Usually that designation is reserved for games that run with only minor differences or glitches compared to native, whereas perfect means it is indistinguishable.

  • Scott

    If Nintendo want to “combat” emulation, all they need to do is to start developing for PC so that consumers can enjoy their games at decent resolutions and framerates (without being held back by Nintendo’s crappy hardware – since 2006).

    • Paul Barnes

      Why would nintendo develope games on pc nobody would pay for the game as pc gamers pirate everything.

  • Jacob Groves

    I will tell Nintendo to stop it happening and banned it. It not good move and it would hurting the game sales. So I going speak with Nintendo tomorrow by phone, twitter them etc… 🙂

    • John Carpenter

      No you won’t. You don’t have any connections with Nintendo and even if you did Nintendo already knows about this, and they don’t condone this already.

    • Zombie Boy

      There’s actually nothing Nintendo can do as the emulator has no direct connection to the Wii U (it is a PC emulator programmed on PCs) and it is free, so the devs aren’t making any money from direct sales. Although they do have a patreon system that people can choose to donate to, but only if they wish to do so.
      The only thing that Nintendo could do is monitor and attempt to stop pirated copies of the software (something that the devs of Cemu condemn), but when has that ever been successful in the past?