|Developer(s)||Near (formerly known as byuu), contributors|
|Platform(s)||Windows, macOS, Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD|
|Emulates||NES, SNES, GB, GBC, GBA, WS, SMS, GG, GEN, PCE, MSX, COL|
|Compatibility||100% for commercial titles. Some homebrew may have small defects|
byuu was an open-source, multi-system emulator. It aimed to provide the accuracy of higan, with the ease-of-use of bsnes. After the developer Near (formerly known as byuu) retired in July 2020, byuu was merged back into higan.
byuu was an multi-system emulator that aimed to provide the accuracy of higan, with the ease-of-use of bsnes.
It seeked to accomplish this by catering to the common 99% of use cases, rather than higan, which tries to cater to every niche. As such, certain advanced functionality was not available in byuu; however, the emulator was significantly easier to use, like bsnes.
Unlike bsnes, byuu would also put accuracy at the forefront, at least at first, to uphold Near's vision for emulator design. This means that byuu would have higher system requirements and less enhancements than bsnes, but it will still aimed to offer more features than higan.
Essentially, think of it as the bridge between two extremes. The goal was to build on the success of bsnes, and to offer an easy-to-use interface for all of Near's emulator cores, rather than just for the SNES alone.
After Near retired in July 2020, byuu was merged back into higan.
- byuuremix: a modified version with more ergonomic automaps, an acronymized system list, and faster setup time in Windows.
- bsnes - Near's Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Famicom) emulator.
- higan - Near's other multi-system emulator.