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Nintendo 3DS emulator 'Citra' sounds like it's coming along rather nicely

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For those who like to use their PC to emulate other platforms, the Citra [Official Site, GitHub] emulator for the Nintendo 3DS just put out a progress report and it's very promising.

Citra now supports multiple game directories, so you don't need to bundle everything together:

Also fun to see the developers use Linux.

Another extremely handy new feature, is that they've hooked up actual keyboard support as well. Any time a game requires text input, the game will pause and bring up a text box for your input which is really good to see.

They also implemented support for shadow maps using an OpenGL extension although they say not everyone will be able to use it, as it was only optional in older OpenGL versions. Likely though, most people will get it, since they say the extension used is part of OpenGL 4.2 and so you would have to have an older card not to have that support by now (or a really out of date Mesa).

On top of that there's also a volume slider, Discord Rich Presence support, hot-plugging support for gamepads, support for stereoscopic 3D and more. Looks like they've been extremely busy!

See the latest report here.

Something else that's really exciting, which I completely missed from their previous progress report is that they have been able to hook up the local wireless multiplayer feature to work across the internet. That's really cool! Quite a few titles already work with it too, so it's very impressive.

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Arehandoro 21 Sep, 2018
I wonder what's the best way to emulate games that use both methods of control (d-pad/buttons+touch screen) on a PC. Keyboard/Controller+mouse sound weird to me.
Sorer 21 Sep, 2018
Camera feature still doesn't work on Linux while it's working on other OS for now.
ElectricPrism 21 Sep, 2018
This reminded me of the Nintendo Switch Emulator YUZU

I was confusing Citra with another popular emulator, but one that's Windows only. I am wondering how YUZU has been coming along since it's the open source version.

Hopefully these all make their way into RetroArch someday.

Last edited by ElectricPrism on 21 September 2018 at 5:01 pm UTC
Julius 22 Sep, 2018
Oh, I need to test this again on my Ubuntu18.04 GPDWin ;) Thanks for the update!

Last edited by Julius on 22 September 2018 at 4:07 am UTC
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