Yuzu is an experimental open-source emulator for the Nintendo Switch from the creators of Citra.
It is written in C++ with portability in mind, with builds actively maintained for Windows and Linux.
This guide explains how to install Yuzu emulator on PC compatibles with Windows OS.
- Software requirements
- System requirements
- Install emulator
- Install games
- Games/DLC update
- Install MOD/Cheat
- Update emulator
You can find all required data for your device from the link buttons below:
The software requirements for running this application must be met in order for the software to function at all.
The hardware requirements for running the application vary depending on your current configuration.
|OS||Windows 10 (or higher)|
|CPU||x64 Octa core (or higher)|
|RAM||8 GB (or more)|
|GPU||OpenGL 4.6 or Vulkan 1.1 (or newer)|
|Storage||SSD or HDD 1 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.
|OS||Windows 7 (or higher)|
|CPU||x86 Quad core (or higher)|
|RAM||4 GB (or more)|
|GPU||OpenGL 4.3 or Vulkan 1.1 (or newer)|
|Storage||SSD 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.
- Download the .zip archive
- Extract the .zip archive on a folder
- Select the folder containing the extracted file
- Open the file .exe as administrator
- Press install button
- Launch the software
Run either the
yuzu Early Access shortcuts that were created by the yuzu installer tool.
In yuzu, click on
+ Add New Game Directory in the browser, and navigate to the folder where you placed your
Yuzu emulator is capable of running most commercial games at full speed, provided you meet the necessary hardware requirements.
Installing updates and DLC is simple. In the top left corner of the emulator window, select
File / Install Files to NAND, then select the file you wish to install.
Once installed, your files should load automatically and the installed update or DLC will be shown in the games list add-ons column of the corresponding game.
If you wish to activate/deactivate a specific update or DLC then right click your game in the games list, select
Properties, then enable or disable as needed.
Reinstalling or Overwriting Updates/DLC is as simple as following the above instructions, selecting your files and installing your Update/DLC.
When doing this, any previously installed files will be removed and replaced by the newly installed versions.
To add mods to a specific game, simply right click the game in yuzu’s games list, select
Open Mod Data Location and structure your mod files similar to this example:
Mod directory/mod name/romfs or
Mod directory/mod name/exefs
To add cheats, structure your cheat file similar to this example:
Mod directory/cheat name/cheats
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 Switch 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:
- How to install Yuzu emulator on PC?
- How do I install Yuzu emulator on Windows?
- Can I run Yuzu emulator on PC?
- How do I download Yuzu emulator for Windows?
- How can I play Nintendo Switch games on Windows?