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Post by KostaAndreadis @ 02:50pm 23/03/17 | 35 Comments
As few weeks ago we reported that the developers behind the CEMU emulator were able to get The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild up and running on PC. In that the game loaded, but was far from playable thanks to the constant freezes and glitches. Plus, a lot of Link's abilities just didn't work at all. Well fast forward to today and Team Cemu have gotten the game running apart from a rather sluggish frame-rate.

What's most impressive is that all the physics and visual effects seem to be in place, hinting that the full game is entirely playable in this state.

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When we originally reported on this back on the 8th of this month, we stated that "Team Cemu (are) currently being funded via Pateron to the tune of just over $8,000 USD per month". That figure now sits at $22,834 per month. A huge increase no doubt due to their efforts in attempting to emulate Breath of the Wild.

Nintendo's stance on emulation has been clear, and any argument relating to the preservation of hardware and software from a bygone era long lost to time is surely moot here. And with Team Cemu's funding growing by the day, it probably won't be long before some form of legal action is taken on behalf of Nintendo.



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Latest Comments
notgreazy
Posted 03:53pm 23/3/17
I'm starting to get a bit annoyed with the chugchug in certain sections. If emulation works better than the WiiU then I'd be probably try it out. The game is fantastic and deserves better hardware. At certain times I am in awe of how great the game looks.
BladeRunner
Posted 05:02pm 23/3/17
If only Nintendo would release their games on other platforms. They would probably make a few dollars doing it.

I got it working and played it for a bit, It's interesting to see what they have done with it.
Hogfather
Posted 05:15pm 23/3/17
If only Nintendo would release their games on other platforms. They would probably make a few dollars doing it.

I got it working and played it for a bit, It's interesting to see what they have done with it.

There is no reason for Nintendo to do that. They have no need or desire to, they're massively cashed up, enough to make losses for 50 years or something, this is no Sega story.

As someone who has dipped my toes in game dev and understands just a little the staggering effort that Breath of the Wild would have taken to make, the inherent and undeniable piracy attached to projects like this annoying. If you don't want to play Nintendo games enough to buy a Nintendo console, then don't play them IMO.
fpot
Posted 05:22pm 23/3/17
If I promise to buy the game if I get an emulator up and running is that okay?
Hogfather
Posted 05:29pm 23/3/17
If I promise to buy the game if I get an emulator up and running is that okay?

Promises promises.

I will accept a scanned copy of a receipt with fpot written on it next to the opened game at least 7 days old. None of this WiiU version crap either.

Be aware that I've seen some shops in my time, I can tell by the pixels.
fpot
Posted 05:41pm 23/3/17
Don't worry, getting the emulator up and running is a much more daunting task than buying the game. I will provide the goods though if I do get around to it.

Do Nintendo sell the Switch at a loss? This plan could even end up saving them money!
Eorl
Posted 06:13pm 23/3/17
Why do people so desperately want Nintendo games on other platforms? Just...buy their consoles if you want to play their games? You never see people yelling until they're red in the face on why Sony hasn't put their games on Xbox.
BladeRunner
Posted 06:29pm 23/3/17
So no one likes the idea Devs/Publishers making a game multiplatform?? Have you guys been drinking methanol or something?

There is a reason why people make emulators in the first place. There is a wanting to play games like Pokemon for example, on their phones and tablets and PCs. Nintendo could have released some of the older games on the app stores and it would save d***ing around with android nintendo emulators. I don't think that playing Pokemon Gold and Silver on your phone will be hurting Nintendo's sales of the Game Boy Pocket and Gameboy Color. There is a want but Nintendo is just sitting there with their thumb up their arse, playing with a glorified Wii U tablet.

I do understand you guys though, It's not difficult to buy a Switch or a Wii U. I am just saying, it would be cool if Nintendo did bring their s*** outside of the Nintendo sphere once and a while.
trillion
Posted 08:12pm 23/3/17
it does look pretty good in 4K


trog
Posted 08:56pm 23/3/17
Why do people so desperately want Nintendo games on other platforms? Just...buy their consoles if you want to play their games? You never see people yelling until they're red in the face on why Sony hasn't put their games on Xbox.
I can't answer for other people but I don't own a TV any more. When I moved to London I'd planned to get one but never did. It's kind of annoying sometimes but I'm amazed at how much I don't miss it.

There are games on other platforms that I would love to play (Red Dead Redemption, Last of Us, and that new robo-dinosaur one immediately come to mind - I'm sure my partner would love to play this new Zelda + other Mario/Nintendo titles). I don't see the point in having to buy a TV and another console (especially as I don't plan to be here forever and shipping all that stuff or dealing with it when I leave isa pain) to play a handful of games. But I'd definitely had given money to companies if they made those games available.

But they don't, so I can't. I am not interested in them enough to d*** with emulators.

Also, I made the mistake of buying a console for a game once - I bought an Xbox 360 to play GTA4, arguably the worst of the GTAs. After I finished it I think I played maybe one or two other games for a few hours and never used it again (eventually it RROD'd and I gave it to blahnana). So the idea of buying a console for a small handful of games is extremely uninteresting to me.
Spook
Posted 09:23pm 23/3/17
lolz xbox
Hogfather
Posted 10:25am 24/3/17
There are games on other platforms that I would love to play (Red Dead Redemption, Last of Us, and that new robo-dinosaur one immediately come to mind - I'm sure my partner would love to play this new Zelda + other Mario/Nintendo titles).

Haha did you just call Zelda a girl's game torgles?! Also that's kind of the point of the Switch my man, no need for a TV :) It's still at the moment an expensive Zelda machine, but I'll be playing this f*****g game for months at my current rate of progress.. I had to buy a second copy for the kid's Switch because they all up in my s*** to play it.
So no one likes the idea Devs/Publishers making a game multiplatform?? Have you guys been drinking methanol or something?

Of course I would love to be able to just buy a PC and play everything legally on it.

Its the fact that people get shirty at Nintendo in particular about platform exclusives. I guess I see it though, because Nintendo has a pretty huge IP offering and make lots of pretty rad games you can only find on their consoles. Sony and MS don't have that sort of coverage - but that's kind of the point. Nintendo's ability to sell consoles is tightly tied to their IP.
Do Nintendo sell the Switch at a loss? This plan could even end up saving them money!

As far as I know, Nintendo never sells consoles at a loss. This is part of why they are drowning in money, they don't need to win the console wars because its much easier for them to be profitable while MS and Sony arm wrestle and sell very similar game experiences at a loss.

The WiiU, considered by many a failure, was a profitable console for Nintendo. Have MS ever made any profit on selling XBox hardware?

edit: turns out that the WiiU launched needing to sell one game with the console to make a profit, and became independently profitable later as manufacturing efficiency reduced cost of goods. Still, you get the idea.

Also, The Switch will sell at a profit from day one and considering you need to buy a game for it to actually do anything, and everyone buys Zelda, and they are completely sold out in the USA, they're printing money at the moment.
Hogfather
Posted 10:21am 24/3/17
wtf
paveway
Posted 01:20pm 24/3/17
If only Nintendo would release their games on other platforms.


as i read down from the top the above line popped out at me and my response was going to be 'why don't nintendo make a decent platform for their games instead of these gimmicks?'

but hoggy just answered that question

they sell s***** below par technology consoles for a bit cheaper than sony and MS and make a killing doing so, combined with the fact people are willing to keep buying the same games with each console generation
Hogfather
Posted 02:20pm 24/3/17
they sell s***** below par technology consoles for a bit cheaper than sony and MS and make a killing doing so, combined with the fact people are willing to keep buying the same games with each console generation

Alternatively, they innovate rather than simply than simply repacking the same console paradigm with the same controller scheme with the same franchises over and over and over.

I just played an hour of Zelda on my lunch break, and when I get home I'll drop the tablet in the cradle and instantly continue the exact same game.

I guess you get to play the next rehashed CoD iteration on MS/Sony so yay.
BladeRunner
Posted 02:40pm 24/3/17

There is going to be a new build of Cemu on april 2 for Patreon followers and it will be released on April 9 for the rest of us.

A thread about BotW Emu stuff on Reddit - https://www.reddit.com/r/cemu/comments/5z7j51/botw_megathread/


Spook
Posted 03:05pm 24/3/17
as i read down from the top the above line popped out at me and my response was going to be 'why don't nintendo make a decent platform for their games instead of these gimmicks?'

but hoggy just answered that question

they sell s***** below par technology consoles for a bit cheaper than sony and MS and make a killing doing so, combined with the fact people are willing to keep buying the same games with each console generation


lolz

THIS GAME NEEDS WAY MORE POLYGONS
paveway
Posted 03:31pm 24/3/17
THIS GAME NEEDS WAY MORE POLYGONS


does it bro? why do you say that?

I guess you get to play the next rehashed CoD iteration on MS/Sony so yay.


Hoggy plz, for starters COD isn't an IP locked to a single console developer and you are totally right COD is rehashed s*** that people from multiple platforms buy

luckily they don't need to go and buy new hardware every time they want to play a new version
Hogfather
Posted 04:09pm 24/3/17

luckily they don't need to go and buy new hardware every time they want to play a new version

WiiU owners didn't need to buy new hardware to play Zelda though? How do PlayStation 3 owners play any of these games?

/mic drop
A thread about BotW Emu stuff on Reddit - https://www.reddit.com/r/cemu/comments/5z7j51/botw_megathread/

Hay guys, no way that official 'interest only' posts about emus leads to linking to and promotes actual use of the software.

Of course not.
Spook
Posted 04:11pm 24/3/17
they sell s***** below par technology consoles


this indicates you dont believe fun can be had without the latest technology bro

you still dont get it.
paveway
Posted 04:27pm 24/3/17
no it doesn't, they put their effort into s***** gimmicks

like the wii

but i had no idea they were so flush with cash, i had heard differently a while back

maybe they make a stack from the other handhelds
Hogfather
Posted 05:17pm 24/3/17
S***** gimmicks like the Wii, that sold over 100M consoles, the #5 console of all time?

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Maybe you should get a hold of Nintendo H.O. and explain to them how they are doing all the wrong things Pave, its obviously the best idea to just create another PC-in-a-box, they're doing everything wrong and need to do what Sony and MS do.
Khel
Posted 06:44pm 24/3/17
Well, if you disregard handhelds, 3 of the top 5 selling consoles are all Sony ones, two of which beat the Wii, so I'm not entirely sure that chart proves the point you're trying to make that Sony are doing it wrong and Nintendo are doing it right.

Also, a few years ago when the WiiU launched Nintendo were all about trying to get those 3rd parties on board, and one of the COD games was even a launch title for the Wii U, so the whole self righteous indignation like Nintendo are somehow above games like that falls a bit flat. I'm sure if they could they'd love to be publishing games like that on the Switch and get some of that COD money, but because they're more interested in "innovating" than putting out competitive hardware, I can't see them getting a lot of 3rd party support as far as new triple A titles are concerned.

The Switch is in danger of becoming another Wii U if its not careful, where theres only 2 or 3 first party games a year that come out for it (and a few re-releases most likely to milk the nostalgia) and outside of that its dead. It sold a boatload on launch because it launched with Zelda, but its not going to keep selling at that rate unless they have more to offer. The reason the Wii was so successful is because it broke into the mainstream and sold to people who would never usually buy a gaming console. I mean, my mother bought a Wii to play Wii Sports and Wii Fit and stuff like that on, but I can't see that happening at all with the Switch.

Plus with the other consoles, they have appeal outside of gaming too. The XBox One S is actually the cheapest UHD Bluray player on the market at the moment, people are buying it just for that reason and getting a gaming console at the same time is a bonus. Then you can use it (or the PS4) as a media centre type of deal too with apps for things like Plex and Netflix and Youtube, or just using DLNA to play your stuff over the network.

I don't draw lines though, I'll buy whatever platform has the games I want to play at the end of the day. Console wars and all this fanboy nonsense is just daft, they've all got their pros and they've all got their cons.
trog
Posted 07:44pm 24/3/17
Haha did you just call Zelda a girl's game torgles?! Also that's kind of the point of the Switch my man, no need for a TV :) It's still at the moment an expensive Zelda machine, but I'll be playing this f*****g game for months at my current rate of progress.. I had to buy a second copy for the kid's Switch because they all up in my s*** to play it.
Not at all - she just grew up with a Nintendo like many people (not me) so likes their games.

And yeh Switch looks like a cool device but without a bunch more good games it's not up my alley. Also it needs Dota.
Spook
Posted 07:45pm 24/3/17
lolz, the wii was one of the best consoles ever, with some of the greatest games ever.

it totally proves how f*****g good nintendo are with new ideas, rather than just MOAR POLYGONS, which is obviously important to pave.
paveway
Posted 08:11pm 24/3/17
The wii was one of the best money making gimmicks ever, i have to hand it to them

So many bought it and shelved it in less than 6 months, once they realised there were barely any good games for it once they got over the sports and party pack bundles that came with it. Whether it was people buying it for games or chicks buying it for the fitness board thing you could buy.
Spook
Posted 08:46pm 24/3/17
my wii had tons of awesome games.

it got thrashed to death over its 5 year life span.
paveway
Posted 08:57pm 24/3/17
Congrats

You going to get a switch bro? Or keep your ps4
Spook
Posted 08:58pm 24/3/17
nah, im playing zelda on pc
Hogfather
Posted 10:47pm 24/3/17
"If you disregaed handhelds"

Why? The Switch is handheld. Sony also made a couple of handhelds that performed poorly. Maybe we should discount their performing products because ... reasons?

The complaint is that Nintendo should just make a normal console like a PlayStation or XBox and don't know what they are doing, waving around aimlessly peddling gimmicks and somehow randomly making f***loads of money. Handhelds are central to the Switch strategy in case you missed the point of my graphic.

If they successfully merge their handheld and traditional console markets then the Switch will be a behemoth. I don't understand why people think they should enter a market that has 2 distinct players when they're making f*****g bank doing what they do.
dais
Posted 12:12am 25/3/17
I'm still playing my Wii, I started a new game in Metroid Prime with Metroid Prime Trilogy. Metroid Prime is my favourite game ever and it is so much better with the Wii Remote's motion controls. I haven't played games for a while and I'm really enjoying it. I hope they make a new side-scrolling Metroid game for the Switch!
Khel
Posted 01:23am 25/3/17
"If you disregaed handhelds"

Why? The Switch is handheld


Because we were talking about consoles I thought, not handhelds? Nintendo already dominates the handheld market, thats beyond dispute, they pretty much have no competition, but the conversation was about consoles, not handhelds. So it seemed a bit disingenuous to hold their success with handhelds up as proof of their success with home consoles. They've had as many failed consoles in the last 15 years as they've had successful ones, so it's not like they're constantly hitting home runs. When they nail it, it can be great, but they miss just as often.

But yeah, it's different business strategies. Nintendo gamble and do crazy s*** and sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn't. Sony and Microsoft mostly play it safe and push the media centre angle and push tech a bit more. That's fine with me, different strokes for different folks, I don't think Nintendo should do the same things the other guys do, but I also don't think they've stumbled on some magic formula and everyone else is wrong.

Realistically it's not a three way console "war", it's Sony vs Microsoft and Nintendo off doing its own thing. They pretty much play by their own rules, for better or worse
Spook
Posted 07:14am 25/3/17
metroid prime was awesome dais, loved that game.
WirlWind
Posted 05:56am 28/3/17
I might actually buy the new Zelda if they ever get this stable.

I'd buy a switch, but then it would sit there unused like every other console I ever owned after getting a PC.
Hogfather
Posted 01:41pm 28/3/17
Realistically it's not a three way console "war", it's Sony vs Microsoft and Nintendo off doing its own thing. They pretty much play by their own rules, for better or worse

That was my point, f*** off and get your own Khel!
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