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EmuDeck removes Yuzu And Citra emulator support

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The news of the Yuzu team agreeing to pay Nintendo $2.4 million in damages and immediately shut down all operations sent shock waves through the emulation landscape. Quite awkward for the likes of EmuDeck, who announced that it would no longer support Yuzu or Citra as of the recently released Version 2.1.5.

For those not aware, EmuDeck is a utility that uses scripts to download and configure emulators in the hopes of making things easier for those unfamiliar with emulators. A massive help for those who don't want to spend time learning how to make emualtors work. Due to the deletion of Yuzu and Citra from GitHub however, it's simply not possible for EmuDeck's scripts to download the emulators. So this update, while painful, was of high importance and it is recommended you update as soon as possible.


News taken from the EmuDeck Discord

If you are upgrading from a previous version however then your installs of Yuzu and Citra won't be deleted. So there's no need to fear upgrading to the newest version. New users to EmuDeck however will be completely out of luck.

For now Ryujinx will be the default and only Nintendo Switch emulator for EmuDeck while the Nintendo 3DS will simply have no support sadly. The team has stated that they will look into Panda3DS as a solution and will provide updates when available. Luckily if the memes are to be believed it's surprisingly easy to mod a Nintendo 3DS.

You can check out Liam's older video on EmuDeck 2.0 here:

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TheSHEEEP Mar 5
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Understandable.

Too bad for those using those emulators.

Personally, I restrict my emulation on the Deck to older hardware. Only up to PS2.
After that, it becomes nigh impossible to have reasonable collections anyway due to sheer size.
Pretty annoying really

I love to use emudeck on my ubuntu desktop machine, just makes setting up EmulationStation so seamless

I just hope and pray they don't pursue after other developers like ryujinx, or even worse go after older emulators like maybe go after dolphin again :(
Ehvis 8 years Mar 5
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The interesting thing will be what they do next. The code to both has been preserved and deleting all mirrors is something even Nintendo money can accomplish. So it's only a matter of time until builds will pop up somewhere (possibly under a different name). Will Emudeck pull those in?
Liam Dawe Mar 5
Quoting: EhvisThe interesting thing will be what they do next. The code to both has been preserved and deleting all mirrors is something even Nintendo money can accomplish. So it's only a matter of time until builds will pop up somewhere (possibly under a different name). Will Emudeck pull those in?
I think the EmuDeck developers would be pretty stupid if they did pull in some fork, they would be opening themselves up to lawsuits for facilitating what has already been basically declared illegal.
I can honestly say that in Yuzu's case I only used it w/ games I already owned on the switch. That being said, Nintendo hasn't done anything but given piracy a challenge. Try all they want, but piracy always finds a way. It just won't be as simple as the bundled-in solutions like Emudeck, which sucks for the average user.
Ehvis 8 years Mar 5
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Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: EhvisThe interesting thing will be what they do next. The code to both has been preserved and deleting all mirrors is something even Nintendo money can accomplish. So it's only a matter of time until builds will pop up somewhere (possibly under a different name). Will Emudeck pull those in?
I think the EmuDeck developers would be pretty stupid if they did pull in some fork, they would be opening themselves up to lawsuits for facilitating what has already been basically declared illegal.

The case was settled. Nothing was declared illegal.
Liam Dawe Mar 5
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Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: EhvisThe interesting thing will be what they do next. The code to both has been preserved and deleting all mirrors is something even Nintendo money can accomplish. So it's only a matter of time until builds will pop up somewhere (possibly under a different name). Will Emudeck pull those in?
I think the EmuDeck developers would be pretty stupid if they did pull in some fork, they would be opening themselves up to lawsuits for facilitating what has already been basically declared illegal.

The case was settled. Nothing was declared illegal.
I think you understand what I am saying though. Maybe illegal is not specifically the right word, but the settling and the statement make it pretty clear it's tainted and should not be distributed by anyone.
AsciiWolf Mar 5
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While I can understand their fight against Yuzu, taking down Citra (3DS emulator) does not make much sense and sets a dangerous precedent against other retro emulators.
doragasu Mar 5
Nintendo wanted to send a message to the community, and they delivered
doragasu Mar 5
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: EhvisThe interesting thing will be what they do next. The code to both has been preserved and deleting all mirrors is something even Nintendo money can accomplish. So it's only a matter of time until builds will pop up somewhere (possibly under a different name). Will Emudeck pull those in?
I think the EmuDeck developers would be pretty stupid if they did pull in some fork, they would be opening themselves up to lawsuits for facilitating what has already been basically declared illegal.

I suspect a **clean** Yuzu fork (other dev team outside USA, no Patreon or any other revenue source, strong anti piracy statement, no support for leaked ROMs, etc.) could maybe stay safe. But of course who is brave enough to take on this task? Don't count me in


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