Yuzu is the first Nintendo Switch Emulator Project for Mac OS; (see also Switch emulator for Android OS and iOS devices).
The mobile version is still experimental, but is able to start most games: as Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The emulator supports OS X+ (or higher).
Features Of Nintendo Switch Emulator Mac
Audio output is entirely supported, audio input (microphone) isn’t supported. We use C# wrappers for OpenAL, and libsoundio as the fallback.
The CPU emulator, ARMeilleure, emulates an ARMv8 CPU and currently has support for most 64-bit ARMv8 and some of the ARMv7 (and older) instructions, including partial 32-bit support.
It translates the ARM code to a custom IR, performs a few optimizations, and turns that into x86 code.
Ryujinx also features an optional Profiled Persistent Translation Cache, which essentially caches translated functions so that they do not need to be translated every time the game loads.
The net result is a significant reduction in load times (the amount of time between launching a game and arriving at the title screen) for nearly every game. NOTE: this feature is now enabled by default in the Options menu > System tab.
You must launch the game at least twice to the title screen or beyond before performance improvements are unlocked on the third launch! These improvements are permanent and do not require any extra launches going forward.
The GPU emulator emulates the Switch’s Maxwell GPU using the OpenGL API (version 4.4 minimum) through a custom build of OpenTK.
There are currently four graphics enhancements available to the end user in Ryujinx: disk shader caching, resolution scaling, aspect ratio adjustment and anisotropic filtering. These enhancements can be adjusted or toggled as desired in the GUI.
We currently have support for keyboard, mouse, touch input, JoyCon input support emulated through the keyboard, and most controllers. Controller support varies by operating system, as outlined below.
Xinput-compatible controllers are supported natively; other controllers can be supported with the help of Xinput wrappers such as x360ce.
Most modern controllers are supported.In either case, you can set up everything inside the input configuration menu.
DLC & Modifications
Ryujinx is able to manage add-on content/downloadable content through the GUI. Mods (romfs and exefs) are also supported and the GUI contains a shortcut to open the respective mods folder for a particular game.
The emulator has settings for enabling or disabling some logging, remapping controllers, and more.
You can configure all of them through the graphical interface or manually through the config file,
Config.json, found in the user folder which can be accessed by clicking
Open Ryujinx Folder under the File menu in the GUI.
This software is licensed under the terms of the MIT license. The Ryujinx.Audio project is licensed under the terms of the LGPLv3 license.
This project makes use of code authored by the libvpx project, licensed under BSD and the ffmpeg project, licensed under LGPLv3.
This software is licensed under the terms of the MIT license. The Ryujinx.Audio project is licensed under the terms of the LGPLv3 license. This project makes use of code authored by the libvpx project, licensed under BSD and the ffmpeg project, licensed under LGPLv3.
This product is not affiliated with, nor authorized, endorsed or licensed in any way by Switch, its affiliates or subsidiaries.
Switch game software sold separately. All individual game screen shots or audio that are simulated by this software are property of their respective copyright holders and are only used in this app listing for the purpose of informing the customer of the software’s functionality.
System Requirements For Nintendo Switch Emulator Mac
We recommend at least Mac OS X+. Its really hard to give exact system specifications because all games are different. Also when installing make sure you install everything(Add-ons/Plug-ins) or the emulator might not work 100%.
- OS: OS X+
- RAM: 2 GB
- CPU: Quad 2.0 Ghz
- Free space required: 32 MB
Yuzu Switch Emulator project for macOS (DMG): download
The Yuzu Switch Emulator Project for mac OS is free and it does not need any shady download server conditions. Download the tested Nintendo Switch Emulator build for Mac and start playing your favorite Nintendo Switch games.