The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been one of most popular games of the year and that trend is still going. Part of the game’s hype builds on the fact that it’s still hard to find a Nintendo Switch and not many people bought a Wii U – the two consoles the game is available on.
If playing on a Wii U or a Switch are not options for you, you can always turn to PC emulation to fulfill your needs. Work has been done on an emulated version of Breath of the Wild on PC for quite some time now. In order to play, you will need to have a rather beefy PC and run CEMU, a Wii U emulator. Keep in mind that emulating a game is not the same as running a game natively, which is why you’ll need a PC that is much stronger than a Wii U.
The last time we took a look at Breath of the Wild’s PC performance, we came away impressed. While there is still work to be done, the game was in a much more playable state in May and that only gets better with time.
On top of the potential of increased performance from the Switch and Wii U, you can also take advantage of fan-made mods if you’re going the emulation route.
In a Reddit post by user 30XX, we saw a couple screenshots that show local co-op as a possibility in Breath of the Wild. The screenshots were later confirmed as real by a member of the CEMU subreddit’s mod team. While we don’t see actual footage of anything happening, we do see a screenshot with two Link models and another screenshot with the second player being restricted from getting on the first player’s horse.
This mod is still being worked on so you don’t have access to it yet and it’s unclear when players will be able to get their hands on it. The CEMU mod says it isn’t true multiplayer but instead it’s two CEMU clients running locally and the performance is pretty bad. This has potential to be something cool as development continues but for right now, it’s nothing to get your hopes up for.
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 along with boosting the frame rate. The Wii U only supports up to 1080p natively so you’ll be seeing a big spike in visual fidelity. You can download it right here.