Nintendo files a lawsuit against the developers of the Yuzu emulator

Nintendo has sued the makers of Yuzu, an open source Nintendo Switch emulator, according to a lawsuit filed in a Rhode Island court on Monday. Game File reporter Stephen Totilo I first reported on the lawsuit.

The 41-page lawsuit was filed against Tropic Haze, the manufacturer of Yuzu. (Nintendo also specifically refers to a pseudonym named Bunnei, who is leading development on Yuzu.) Yuzu is a free-to-play emulator that was released in 2018 months after the Nintendo Switch was originally released. The same people who made Citra, the Nintendo 3DS emulator, made this. Basically, it's software that allows people to play Nintendo Switch games on Windows, Linux, and Android computers. (It also runs on Steam Deck, Which Valve showed off — and then erased — in a Steam Deck video.) Emulators are not necessarily illegal, but pirating games that can be played on them is. But Nintendo said in its lawsuit that there is no legal way to use Yuzu.

Nintendo claimed that Yuzu executes codes that “defeat” Nintendo's security measures, including decryption using “an illegally obtained copy of prod.keys.”

“In other words, without Yuzu decrypting Nintendo's encryption, unauthorized copies of games cannot be played on PCs or Android devices,” Nintendo wrote in the lawsuit. As for the alleged damage caused by Yuzu, Nintendo has indicated a release The Legend of Zelda: Kingdom Tears. Kingdom tears It was leaked approximately two weeks before the game's May 12 release date. The pirated version of the game spread quickly; Nintendo said it had been downloaded more than a million times before Kingdom tearsRelease Date. People used Yuzu to play the game. Nintendo said more than 20% of download links directed people to Yuzu.

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Although Yuzu does not offer pirated copies of games, Nintendo has repeatedly said that most ROM sites point people towards Yuzu to play any games they have downloaded.

Nintendo said it “expended significant resources to stop the illegal copying, marketing, sale and distribution” of Nintendo Switch games. That's what you say Yuzu earns the team $30,000 a month on her Patreon From more than 7,000 beneficiaries. Nintendo said the company earned at least $50,000 from paid Yuzu downloads. Nintendo said Yuzu's Patreon doubled the number of its paid members between May 1 and May 12, when… Kingdom tears issued.

Nintendo is asking the court to shut down the emulator and obtain damages. Polygon has reached out to Nintendo and Tropic Haze for comment.

the Kingdom tears The publisher is very strict with its intellectual property. Nintendo has won several lawsuits targeting pirate game sites like RomUniverse, receiving over $2 million in damages. Nintendo also famously went after an alleged Nintendo Switch hacker named Gary Bowser, who was arrested and charged with selling Switch hacks. Despite being released from prison, Bowser still owes Nintendo $10 million; He paid Nintendo $175 while in prison with money he earned working in the prison library and kitchen.

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