Citra is an emulator compatible with Mac OS of the handheld game console Nintendo 3DS, developed by Citra and contributors. It is mostly written in C++. Citra can run almost all homebrew games and many commercial games.
The majority of the development happens on GitHub, and more than 215 developers have contributed to Citra’s repository on GitHub.
Citra was initially created in April 2014. The first commercial Nintendo 3DS game to be run by Citra was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. Citra can also run some other games, such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Sonic Generations.
Citra can emulate Pokémon games since December 30, 2015. Since February 22, 2016, the official website of Citra was updated with a new design. Citra can emulate audio since May 21, 2016, and has had a JIT compiler since September 15, 2016. As of build 1903, the games Pokémon Sun and Moon are fully playable; being considered a milestone in emulator development to some enthusiasts.
In November 2017, Citra announced networking support for the emulator. The networking support emulates the 3DS’s local Wi-Fi, which originally made it possible to play over local networks. Additionally, Citra allows the networking to be compatible with other users anywhere.
In April 2020, the Citra Team announced compatibility with New Nintendo 3DS games and support for save states, and in May 2020, they announced a version of Citra for Android.
As of September 2021, Citra can play 174 games “Perfect”, 167 “Great”, 115 “Okay”, 49 “Bad”, 18 “Intro/Menu”, and 7 “Won’t Boot”.
- System: Mac OS High Sierra (or higher)
- Processor: x86-64 CPU with AVX/BMI1 and virtualization extensions
- Memory: 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)
- Graphics: OpenGL 3.3+
Citra requires OpenGL version 3.3 or later to run. Citra’s name is derived from CTR, which is the model name of the original 3DS. Citra does not work well with older PCs and needs to be run on a decently powerful x64 or ARM64 CPU.
- Citra 3DS Emulator for Mac OS: citra-latest-release.dmg
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