HERE'S ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD RUNNING IN 4K ON A PC

The Legover of Zelda franchise currently consists of 27 Clip games, with the first game released on the original Famicom (Nintenvị Entertainment System) in 1986. The lachạy thử game, Breath of the Wild, is a key title for the Nintenvì Switch platkhung and a sequel is in the works as we speak. 

Zeldomain authority games are beloved by millions of people all over the world, but if you want khổng lồ play them on a PC rather than a console, you’ll have sầu khổng lồ vị a bit of legwork.

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How to Play the Legkết thúc of Zeldomain authority on Your PC

With the exception of a brief dalliance with the 3DO console in the 90s, all Legover of Zeldomain authority games are developed by Nintenvị exclusively for their consoles. If you want to lớn play any of their games on a PC, your only option is to lớn emulate that console using special emulation software. To accomplish this, you usually need some or all of these:

The correct emulation phầm mềm.Additional files such as a copy of the console’s BIOS or plugin files for graphics and sound.A digital “dump” of the game data.A computer that meets the minimum requirements of the emulator và the title you wish to emulate.

Just because you have everything you technically need to emulate a Legend of Zeldomain authority game, that doesn’t mean you have the legal right lớn vì chưng it. There’s some additional homework you need to lớn vì before proceeding.


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Legal Considerations

First, you must make sure that you know the legal rules around emulation wherever you live sầu. Different countries and territories have different laws around the legality of emulation.

In some places, it’s legal to lớn make backups of đoạn phim games that you have sầu purchased. Modifying your console to play these backups or using emulation to play them on a PC may also be legal in such places.


In other places, it’s illegal lớn circumvent copy-protection measures on media such as đoạn Clip games. So the very act of “ripping” a copy of a game can l& you in hot water.

We can’t give you any legal advice; all we can say is that you should never accept blanket statements about the legality of emulation. Cheông chồng what your rights are yourself, specific lớn your situation.

Picking the Right Emulator

There are numerous emulator choices out there. So it’s best lớn take a stepwise approach khổng lồ find the right one:

Choose which Legover of Zeldomain authority game you want to lớn play & note which console it was made for.List the emulators for that console after finding them with a tìm kiếm engine..Chechồng which of these emulators have sầu the highest compatibility rating for that particular Legkết thúc of Zeldomain authority game.
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We’re going khổng lồ use The Legkết thúc of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as an example. There are two versions of the game. One for the Nintenvị Wii U and the other for the Nintenbởi vì Switch. We’re going with the Wii U version of the game for a few reasons:

Wii U emulation is much more mature and stable than Switch emulation.Dumping games from a Wii U is simpler than from a Switch.

The specific emulator we’ve sầu chosen is Cemu, because its compatibility database lists Breath of the Wild as “Perfect.”

Finding a Playable Copy of the Game

Once you’ve sầu found the right emulator, you need a physical or digital copy of the game.


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You’ll need a physical copy of this game as well as access lớn a customized Wii U console to lớn create a game dump.

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In the specific case of Cemu and Breath of the Wild, you’ll need khổng lồ use a WiiU console with custom firmware khổng lồ dump a copy of the game from a disc (or from a digital download) to a USB drive. The process is quite involved, but Cemu has a detailed game dumping guide that shows you exactly how to lớn vày it.

If you don’t own the console in question, you can also encác mục the help of a friend who does own the right equipment. You don’t always need to lớn dump games to lớn emulate them. Consoles that use standard CD, DVD, or BluRay discs can often work from the appropriate PC optical drive. The Wii U uses a proprietary format, so inserting its disc inlớn a computer drive sầu won’t work. As such, the need lớn dump the game using a real Wii U becomes necessary.

How to Use an Emulator

Each specific emulator works somewhat differently, but all of them generally work the same. Using Cemu as our example, the steps are as follows:

Run Cemu.exe
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At first startup, you’ll be asked to specify the “mlc path” where all your saves, DLC, và ứng dụng updates are stored. You can choose khổng lồ specify nothing, & it will mặc định lớn the Cemu thư mục.Next, specify the folder where your games are stored. Cemu automatically checks this thư mục to lớn scan for new games.The graphics packs are optional extras that can help enhance games, but we’re going to skip that here. It’s not required lớn play the game or get it running.Select next once you are happy with your settings so far.
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Set Emulate Controller khổng lồ Wii U Gamepad. That’s because many Wii U games require the controller khổng lồ be the Wii U Gamepad.Under controller API, choose whichever suits you. We chose Xinput since we’re using an Xbox controller.Under Controller, select the controller that you want to use.Select A và then press the button on your controller that you want lớn use khổng lồ emulate the A button on a Wii U gamepad.Repeat this for every control until you have mapped everything.Enter a name for this controller protệp tin & save it. The Screen should now look lượt thích below.
Close the window and then choose any additional options of your choice on the getting started page. Once you are happy with your choices, select close.

This is where things start to lớn diverge. You’ll notice that Cemu is looking for one of several file types such as Wud, Wux, ISO, Wad, or Rpx files. Which of these you need to open depends on the method of game dumping used.

In this case, it’s an Rpx tệp tin. So we simply select it và then select Open. That’s it! The game is now running on a PC.


Additional Tips

You may notice the first time you run a game in Cemu that there’s a notification about “shaders” being compiled. The first time you play the game, this will happen & only needs khổng lồ be done once per game.

On some lower-over computers, this might affect performance temporarily. It’s possible to lớn download these shader caches that other users have sầu uploaded lớn skip over this slight annoyance, but it shouldn’t affect gameplay.

If you want to lớn enhance a given title, you can also download “graphics packs.” To access the community archive:

Select Options.Select Graphics PacksTichồng Installed Games to lớn only tải về packs for games you have.Select Download lathử nghiệm community graphic packs.
Tiông xã the box next to any modifications you’d lượt thích lớn try. For example, under Mods FPS++ allows for higher frame rates.

You can see the mô tả tìm kiếm of each option by clicking on its text. This is an example of how khổng lồ play a Legend of Zelda game on PC. Have sầu fun!


Sydney Butler is a social scientist & technology fanatic who tries khổng lồ understvà how people và giải pháp công nghệ coexist. He has two decades of experience as a freelance computer technician & more than a decade as a technologies researcher và instructor. Sydney has been a professional technology writer for more than five sầu years and covers topics such as VR, Gaming, Cyber security & Transhumanism. Read Sydney"s Full Bio


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