Three days after its release, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now running on on PC via emulators.
You can’t play the game through to the finish yet, thanks to a series of game-breaking bugs. But to some degree Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is kind of agitating.
The bad news is that “running” and “playable” are very different things, and Breath of the Wild is crawling along at about 10-15 frames per second in Exzap’s video. Emulating a console is an incredibly complex process, and throwing more horsepower at the game won’t be enough to make it run smoothly. “Audio is muted because it is just white noise,” Exzap wrote on reddit. “Lots of bugs that make the game unplayable. Physic glitches, rune abilities that require object selection don’t work, no water collision, etc. Essentially it’s impossible to leave the tutorial area without using a save.”
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.
CEMU is an emulator that will allow you to play Wii U games on your PC. The appeal is allowing you to play your favorite Wii U titles in 4K resolution. The Wii U only supports up to 1080p natively so you’ll be seeing a big spike in visual fidelity.
Emulation is stressful on most computers so you’ll need a beefy one if you ever wanted to try it. This video was recorded on rig with an i7-4790K, GTX 780 and 8GB RAM.
It’ll probably be months, if not a year, before Breath of the Wild actually gets to a consistently smooth, playable state. But there’s an undeniable utility in being able to have Zelda working on an emulator, ranging from game preservation, accessibility issues and, well, the appeal of playing Zelda in 4K.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is out now for the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U, and has been dominating every reviews out there making it the 4th best reviewed video game in history.