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GitLab takes down Nintendo Switch emulator suyu due to the DMCA

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Update 22/03/24, 10:56 UTC - While GitLab have not responded to my email, the team behind suyu are continuing on. As one of their team posted in Discord, which seems invites are open for again:

So they will be sticking to their own hosted Git now.


Original article below:

Well, that didn't last long did it. After a first release, GitLab have already pulled down the Nintendo Switch emulator suyu, due to a DMCA hit as a result of it being forked from yuzu which Nintendo shut down.

Even though the suyu team were doing it as a non-profit, with no way to donate, it seems this didn't matter because it's based on a project that was already taken down. The GitLab page now just gives a 404 error — it's just gone. The suyu Discord is also no longer accepting invites, probably due to an influx of people wondering what's going on.

A few people managed to grab the notice that was sent to the suyu team like Mr. Sujano on X:

So it looks like this may very well be the end of the road for suyu on GitLab. At least for emulation fans, Ryujinx is still going. Since yuzu was open source though, Nintendo will have plenty of trouble fully erasing it, since even a very quick Google search showed up plenty of it still existing on the web across various places. 

I've reached out to GitLab for more info…will update if they reply.

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Pengling Mar 22
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Quoting: pleasereadthemanualMany emulators have emulated current generation games for other hardware.

Dolphin emulated Gamecube only 2 years after it was first released, in 2003.

PCSX2 started in 2002, only 2 years after the Playstation 2 was released. PCSXR was started 4 years after the first playstation released, and the emulator would eventually be used by Sony themselves in their classic console.

Connectix was released 5 years after the first Playstation was released.

PPSSPP started 7 years after the PSP was released while it was still being sold, which is the same amount of time between when the Switch was first released and now.
Quoting: pleasereadthemanualUnsurprisingly, Citra was started 3 years after the release of the 3DS.
The Game Boy Advance was emulated right from the console's Japanese launch-day, also. This happened as a result of a pre-release console being stolen from a trade-show!

Homebrew GBA emulation was going on a year prior to release, as an aside.

Quoting: pleasereadthemanualBleem! emulated Sony games for the Sega Saturn in the same generation.
Quoting: pleasereadthemanualTechnically that was the objective of bleem! with emulating current-gen Playstation games on the competing Sega Saturn; the quality may not have been great, but if they could have made it great, they would have. I don't think whether the emulator performs well or not really has much of an impact on the ethics.
bleem! was made for Windows 95, and later got a Dreamcast port (I want to say post-lawsuit, or at least very shortly before? I was never interested in bleem!4DC, so I can't remember off of the top of my head; Like many, I felt that it drew resources away from the main product) - it was never intended to run PlayStation games on the Saturn.


Last edited by Pengling on 22 March 2024 at 1:38 am UTC
brokeassben Mar 22
Honestly just want to play the Switch games I legit purchased on my Steam Deck and desktop computer. I paid for all of the hardware and games and don't think Nintendo should have any right to say where I can and can't play them just because they have billions of dollars more than me. I'm sure it's not going to hurt them one bit, but I am done giving them business.
Lofty Mar 22
Quoting: brokeassbenHonestly just want to play the Switch games I legit purchased on my Steam Deck and desktop computer. I paid for all of the hardware and games and don't think Nintendo should have any right to say where I can and can't play them just because they have billions of dollars more than me. I'm sure it's not going to hurt them one bit, but I am done giving them business.

Nintendo make money off of selling hardware and of course a few of their exclusive IP's. You being able to emulate switch on PC won't hurt them one bit, but everyone else doing it with consummate ease en-mass & on a steam deck in higher quality which is just a much better switch like platform would and eventually probably will destroy Nintendo.

They are panicking, you can really tell by these DMCA's / lawsuits. The line between what Nintendo offers and what everyone else does is very thin now that powerful handheld PC's with perfect emulation are a thing.

Not that i care too much, it's Nintendo.


Last edited by Lofty on 22 March 2024 at 2:13 am UTC
F.Ultra Mar 22
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Quoting: kerossin"previously received a DMCA notice"

But was it an actually legit DMCA? Does the project contain any copyrighted material?

At the same time I actually doubt they would bother to properly check. They can't even be bothered to fix well known 5 year old bugs so they're probably not gonna do something for someone else when it also could go into legal matters.

There are basically no checks done on a DMCA. According to how the DMCA is written, a hosting site like GitLab have to take the property down when they receive a DMCA notice, then the people targetted by the DMCA (aka suyu) have to either accept it OR they have to tell GitLab that they believe that the DMCA is filed in error at which point GitLab is forced to bring the property back online but this then allows the part that issued the DMCA (aka Nintendo) to file a civil lawsuit against suyu so you would only counter a DMCA claim if you either think that #1 the DMCA really is invalid or #2 that who ever filed the DMCA is faking it and don't want to open an actual civil lawsuit.


Last edited by F.Ultra on 22 March 2024 at 2:17 am UTC
mfw manga fans takes more precautions when they're not even fighting Nintendo by just rehosting Tachiyomi as Mihon on Gitea.

At this point, just run gitea and host it on Russia or China or something.
Shmerl Mar 22
Good trolling of Nintendo. Their one bit brain can only do "use DMCA 1201!".


Last edited by Shmerl on 22 March 2024 at 2:41 am UTC
ToddL Mar 22
I guess it's not too surprising that Nintendo was going to do this and I won't be shocked if someone reported the new repo that Suyu created because their fans just love to act like white knights to their gaming gods. At the end, it's better not to love their first party games if you don't love the things that Nintendo does to gaming like taking down emulators and fanmade games but it's understandably hard for many to do it.

Good thing I've rejected anything they've done for over a decade and counting and I'm glad that there are other games out there that interest me more than whatever they output.


Last edited by ToddL on 22 March 2024 at 5:13 am UTC
Dear Nintendo:

SELL YOUR GAMES ON STEAM. PIRACY IS A SERVICE PROBLEM. STOP CUTTING OFF YOUR NOSE TO SPITE YOUR FACE FANS.

PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO BUY YOUR STUPID WALLED GARDEN HARDWARE.

That is all.
ToddL Mar 22
Quoting: ElectricPrismDear Nintendo:

SELL YOUR GAMES ON STEAM. PIRACY IS A SERVICE PROBLEM. STOP CUTTING OFF YOUR NOSE TO SPITE YOUR FACE FANS.

PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO BUY YOUR STUPID WALLED GARDEN HARDWARE.

That is all.

Great message but it'll get lost in translation since Nintendo only knows Nintendo speak and anything else goes way over their heads. Remember, they like to go cheap with the hardware and some of their fans think those 10-15 year old 3rd party games that every other system have gotten back then that they're getting now are great on that P.O.S hardware. Which is why when Switch 2 (or whatever stupid name they come up with) is released, they'll still be many generations behind just like their network service
elmapul Mar 22
Quoting: Talon1024
Quoting: jordicomaNow they just host they own repository https://git.suyu.dev/suyu/suyu

And the DMCA button (lower right corner) is a Rick roll!
ok that was the best use for that meme lol
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