How to play The Legend of Zelda on your Windows PC in 2019

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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The game industry has constantly evolved from the first simple arcade games that had a simple architecture and pixelated graphics. With the latest advancements in computer technology, games have reached a level you wouldn’t believe possible a decade ago.

The games of today run complex system architectures, have amazing real-life graphics, and offers gamers an unbelievably immersive experience, including sounds and real-like facial micro-expressions of the characters.

Games can be played on every platform in existence if they meet the required compatibility with the type of hardware you’re using, but some of the most popular are gaming consoles and computers.

Some gamers prefer using a gaming console because they are specifically made to play games at the best graphics quality possible, and because it allows the use of a controller.

Some of the most popular gaming consoles are :

  • Nintedo Switch
  • Wii U
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One

Other gamers prefer the versatility and ease of use of a computer. If your PC is powerful enough, you can also play games at the best quality graphics, and even use a USB controller. For some, it is easier to control the game characters by using the mouse and keyboard, but all this comes down to personal preference.

Can you play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on computer?

Yes, you can ! Event though the latest version of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘ was released only for Wii U and Nintendo Switch platforms, this game can be played on your PC by using specialized software that allows you to emulate games.

Game emulators work by creating a virtual environment on your PC that imitates the structure of the platform for which the game was created, and lets you play it without a console.

Even though game emulators have come a long way since their beginning, because of the complexity of modern games it is a lot harder to create an emulator that works perfectly on your PC. One of the platforms that are hardest to emulate is the Nintedo Switch – one of the platforms on which the latest Zelda was released.

Is Zelda: Breath of the Wild available for PC?

‘Breath of the Wild’ was not officially released for PC, but it can be played by using the CeMu emulator, which allows you to easily play your Nintendo Switch and Wii U games on your PC.

What is the CeMu emulator?

The CeMU emulator is a great software that allows you to play Nintendo Switch and Wii U games on your Windows computers. Depending on the complexity of the game you want to play, CeMu will require that your PC has at least 4GB of RAM, minimum OpenGL 4.1 compatiblity, and a powerful processor and video card.

CeMu emulator only supports 64bit processors, and one of the best features it has, is the fact that in can run games in 4K quality if your system can manage it.

This software is perfectly compatible with NVIDIA and AMD GPU’s, but it doesn’t support Intel GPU. When it comes to controller inputs, CeMu has a wide range of emulated options available : DRC, pro and classic controller, Wiimotes with native support, keyboard and USB controllers.

Playing Breath of the Wild on your PC looks great thanks to the big resolution, but you can make it look even better by using the newly released Clarity FX pack from CeMu. If you want to find out more information about this pack, and try it out, click here .

One of the members of the Cemu Discord channel, called Xalphenos, realeased a useful hack that can remove the 30 fps (frames per second) limit, engrained in The Legends of Zelda, and allows you to increase it up to 60fps.

It is worth mentioning that because of the powerful system performance needed in order to run the latest version of Zelda, no system can actually reach 60 fps for now, but this still improves the way the game runs. If you want to keep up to date with the latest advancements regarding this hack, you can visit the official Reddit thread.

You can find more information regarding CeMu by visiting the official FAQ page .

If you want to see a list of all the games that can be emulated on your PC, and how well they would work by using CeMu, you can visit the official compatiblity webpage .

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