Cemu Wii U Emulator Can Now Run Mario Kart 8

We’ve been following the development of Cemu for some time, especially around the footage shown of it running Mario Kart 8. The good news is that there has been some progress made in getting this working.

Today Overclock3D revealed that Cemu can now run Mario Kart 8. You can see the proof of this in the video above. If you compare this with the video of previous attempts, you’ll know that it has come a long way. Here are the latest release notes for the Cemu version 1.1.2:

Cemu Version 1.1.2 release notes;

  • Added controller options
  • Added support for OSCoroutine API
  • Improved shader emulation
  • Improved texture/depth/color buffer management
  • Improved CPU timing and thread synchronization
  • Synchronous file operations no longer block CPU execution (reduces frame stutter)

Graphics Card Compatibility;

NVIDIA GPU: Runs as expected on most recent driver.
AMD GPU: Runs as expected on most recent driver.
Intel GPU: Visual glitches but runs if OpenGL version is supported.

Looking at the video you can tell that the game is not yet fully playable but is starting to look more recognisable as Mario Kart 8. The specs that were used to record the video are:

i5 3570k @ 4.4Ghz
GTX 770 2GB

So this is a reasonably powerful machine that can run most modern games without any real problems. While it would be interesting to see the emulator running on a higher spec machine, it is also useful to see what a fairly average rig can output. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of this emulator as it continues to evolve.

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