Nintendo Wins Lawsuit Against Yuzu Switch Emulator

Yuzu agrees to pay USD 2.4 million in damages to Nintendo

Handoyo Saputra | March 05, 2024

Yuzu Emulator Nintendo Switch

Nintendo is known as one of the companies that rigorously protects its intellectual property, especially when it comes to active gaming consoles like the Nintendo Switch.

One of the main attractions of the Nintendo Switch is its exclusivity. Many games are only available exclusively for this console, making it popular among many people. This also sparked interest in developing emulators so that Nintendo games could be played on other platforms.

Yuzu: Nintendo Switch Emulator

Yuzu is one of the most popular Nintendo Switch emulators. Developed by Tropic Haze, Yuzu has successfully emulated various previous Nintendo consoles, including the Nintendo 3DS with an emulator called Citra.

Nintendo took notice of Yuzu's presence. The company felt threatened by the increasing piracy of games, especially games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

This prompted Nintendo to take legal action against Yuzu due to the increasing piracy, which coincided with the growth of Yuzu's Patreon subscribers.

Although initially planning to fight the lawsuit, Yuzu ultimately chose to settle the matter amicably with Nintendo. They agreed to pay damages of USD 2.4 million to Nintendo.

Closure of Yuzu

In addition to paying damages, Yuzu also had to cease the distribution of Nintendo emulator software and surrender all their assets to Nintendo. This included closing the emulators for the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo emerged victorious in the lawsuit against Yuzu. Tropic Haze, the developer of Yuzu, ultimately surrendered and agreed to cease their operations in the virtual world.

This also serves as a warning to emulator developers to comply with the law and respect the copyrights of other companies. This will help maintain fairness in the gaming industry.


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