Cemu emulator for Mac OS
Cemu for Mac is a closed-source Nintendo Wii U video game console emulator developed by Exzap who serves as the core and GPU developer, and Petergov as the core and audio emulation developer. It was initially released on October 13, 2015 for Microsoft Windows, and now for Mac OS X+ and also Android OS & iOS.
Typically, the emulator updates once every two to four weeks, with Patreon supporters receiving updates a week before the public release. Though it is still under development, it is able to run certain games smoothly. It was successful at booting and running The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild soon after its release.
The emulator is not related to or endorsed by Nintendo, or derived from confidential materials belonging to Nintendo.
Cemu emulator does not condone piracy, therefore, you are required to dump your own games.
Designed as a proof-of-concept, the initial release of Cemu could successfully boot Mario Kart 8 and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD yet lacked Wii U Gamepad support and audio and suffered from stutters and video glitches. Cemu could run on 64-bit Windows operating systems and only supported OpenGL 3.3 on release. Despite the Wii U sharing a similar name as its predecessor, the Wii, the emulator was built independently from Dolphin, a Wii emulator, as the systems only shared their CPU architecture in common. The emulator would rapidly progress from this state and increase its compatibility with the Wii U game library and add more features.
Unlike other emulators, Cemu is notably not open source. Exzap explained that it allows for quick progress and for more control of its development. However, the decision drew ire from other emulation developers. Byuu, the creator of Higan, condemned the decision for Cemu to be closed source as they argued that Cemu benefitted from the work of previous emulators without contributing back. Pierre Bourdan, a Dolphin developer, disagreed with its commercial status as he worried that there could be incentives to improve emulation of desired games or focus on bug fixes from high donors.
The emulator performance and accuracy varies depending on your hardware. It cannot guarantee it will perform well if your device barely meets the minimum requirements. For the best experience make sure you’re within the recommended requirements as most of the reported games are tested with such requirements.
- GPU that supports OpenGL 4.1 (some games’ graphics might be broken)
- Mac OS X (or higher)
- Minimum of 4 GB RAM
- GPU that supports OpenGL 4.3 and above
- GPU that supports shader interlock
- CPU with 2.5 GHz Quad core
- 6 GB of RAM or greater
- Cemu for Mac OS: cemu-latest.zip
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