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Developer(s) gdkchan (Project lead) Ryujinx team
Latest version N/A
Active Yes
Platform(s) Windows, Linux, macOS
Emulates Nintendo Switch
Website ryujinx.org/
Support ($) Patreon
Programmed in C#
License Public domain (Unlicense)
Source code GitHub

Ryujinx is an experimental, public domain Nintendo Switch emulator/debugger written in C#, unlike most emulators that are created with C++ or C. Its "sibling", yuzu, is written in C++. Due to its preliminary state, it has not yet had a stable release.


Windows Linux macOS Latest automatic builds
Windows build requires OpenAL


The Switch port of Puyo Puyo Tetris was the first commercial game to show a logo[1] The titles Cave Story+, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, One Piece Unlimited World Red Edition Deluxe Edition and 1-2 Switch were among the first group of games to boot on this emulator on April to May 2018. Ryujinx was able to boot and render the introductions of Super Mario Odyssey on early June 2018. The aforementioned One Piece title was the first 3D game to load in-game in Ryujinx in early July 2018.

Even though Ryujinx and yuzu's teams are composed of different people, their development is steady and almost equal. Though Ryujinx seems to be a bit quicker in booting previously incompatible games or improving the rendering of certain games. Some games already run well.[2][3]

Be sure to read this first insightful progress blog report (July 14, 2018) from its sister emulator, yuzu, which also tells of a lot of research and code sharing between that emulator and Ryujinx. It also covers a significant number of surprising similarities between the hardware and operating systems of the 3DS and Switch. Thus, a lot of the code made for the 3DS emulator Citra was also shared and re-interpreted for yuzu and Ryujinx. Ryujinx doesn't have a visible blog presence yet, although yuzu's regularly updated blog is useful as both emulators' progress should be fairly equivalent. Ryujinx's team makes their own progress report videos on their YT channel. Also, refer to the Reddit thread under the External Links list to see new video uploads on this emulator's progress.


  1. gdkchan (February 05, 2018). Experimental Switch emulator in C#. GBAtemp
  2. Sonic Mania - Ryujinx (Nintendo Switch Emulator). Youtube (2018-05-30)
  3. Ryujinx - 60 FPS Games!. Youtube (2018-08-01)

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