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Switch Emulator Yuzu Shutters After Nintendo Lawsuit

Switch Emulator Yuzu Shutters After Nintendo Lawsuit

Yuzu, the popular Nintendo Switch emulator, is no more.  Nintendo filed a lawsuit last week alleging the emulator facilitated massive piracy. In a swift settlement, Yuzu’s developers have agreed to pay Nintendo $2.4 million and cease all distribution of the emulator.

The Yuzu team denies creating the emulator with the intent to facilitate piracy. However, they acknowledge the issue and say they can’t allow piracy to continue. As part of the settlement, Yuzu’s code repositories and crowdfunding accounts will be shut down.

Nintendo’s lawsuit claimed Yuzu enabled rampant piracy, including leaks of “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” prior to its release.

Despite this shutdown, open-source emulation persists. Yuzu’s code is likely to circulate, and other Switch emulators, such as Ryujinx, remain active. This settlement underscores Nintendo’s relentless stance against piracy and its determination to protect its intellectual property.