How to install Cemu emulator on PC Windows 32/64 bit Wii U

How to install Cemu emulator on PC Windows 32/64 bit Wii U

Cemu emulator is a software to emulate Wii U games and applications on PC compatible with Windows OS.

At this point Cemu emulator can already be considered highly optimized and possible future optimizations will only arrive in small and incremental steps.

This guide explains how to install Cemu emulator on PC compatibles with Windows OS.


Software requirements

You can find all required data for your device from the link buttons below:

Cemu emulatorDownload
Microsoft Visual C++Download

The software requirements for running this application must be met in order for the software to function at all.

System requirements

The hardware requirements for running the application vary depending on your current configuration.

Recommended requirements

OSWindows 7 (or higher)
CPUx64 Octa core (or higher)
RAM8 GB (or more)
GPUOpenGL 4.5 or Vulkan 1.1 (or newer)
StorageSSD or HDD 5 GB (or more)

Our recommended specifications don’t guarantee perfect performance in most games, but rather strive to provide a cost effective recommendation while still considering performance.

Minimum requirements

OSWindows 7 (or higher)
CPUx86 Quad core (or higher)
RAM4 GB (or more)
GPUOpenGL 4.5 or Vulkan 1.1 (or newer)
StorageSSD or HDD 1 GB (or more)

We cannot guarantee the performance of system specifications lower the recommended requirements but you’re always welcome to experiment.

Install emulator

  1. Extract the Cemu .zip file to your Desktop
    • Do not extract it to any folders that require admin permissions, such as Program Files
  2. Right click on the Cemu executable
  3. Click Properties
  4. Navigate to the Compatibility tab
  5. Enable the option “Disable full-screen optimizations
  6. Click on Change high DPI settings
  7. Enable “Use this setting to fix scaling problems for this program instead of the one in settings
  8. Enable “Override high DPI scaling behaviour. Scaling performed by: Application
  9. Click Apply -> OK
Cemu emulator install properties

These options are set to help avoid issues on various Windows versions, and display resolutions.

That said, one or more of these options will not be necessary for everyone, but not setting them may result in complications.


  1. Double click the Cemu application
  2. Create a folder in a safe location named “mlc01
  3. Leave the “Game path” field blank
  4. Click “Download community graphic packs
  5. Click Next
  6. Enable “Automatically check for updates” (If you do not wish to get update notifications, you may disable this option and update Cemu emulator manually with an option under the Help menu)
  7. Click Close

Cemu emulator is capable of running most commercial games at full speed, provided you meet the necessary hardware requirements.

Cemu emulator install configuration

Controller configuration

  1. Open the Cemu application
  2. On the top bar, go to Options -> Input settings
  3. Change Emulated controller to “Wii U GamePad”
  4. Click on the Controller field
  5. Set API to “SDLController”
  6. Set Controller to your desired controller
    • If no controller appears after connecting it to your computer, try changing your controller API
  7. Proceed to map all your controller button inputs
  8. If you would like to add another controller input, press the + button next to the Controller field
    • This has many uses, such as using two Nintendo Switch Joy-Con’s, or using a phone for motion input
  9. To enable motion controls or rumble, click Settings and change the corresponding settings
  10. At the top, enter in a controller profile name, e.g. “GamePad Controller”
  11. Click Save

Motion control support can vary between controllers. Nintendo Switch, Dualshock 4 and DualSense controllers all have support for motion controls. Using the SDL controller API, this will be automatically detected.

Other controllers, such as Xbox controllers, do not support motion controls and will require alternative methods to enable them.

Regular buttons should still work, however.

Cemu emulator controller configuration

Update emulator

This application is from a third-party developer, so an automatic update won’t be available.

You will need to manually update the app by removing the old version and installing the new version on the download section.

All the updates have the latest fixes and optimizations, but their constantly changing nature means that little testing has been done on them and unknown bugs may appear.


  • Nintendo Wii U is a trademark of Nintendo Co., Ltd
  • Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation

This project is not meant for illegal activities, and we have a strict policy about piracy.

All resources are obtained via reverse engineering of legally owned devices, games, and information present on the internet.

The main objective of this project is to enhance the gaming experience, research, and provide education about the core concepts of device emulation.


This guide/tutorial answers the following questions:

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