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New Cemu Update Upscales Wii U Games in 4K

By | Jan 12, 2017 07:40 PM EST
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Bayonetta 2

With the new 4K treatment, games like “Xenoblade Chronicles X” and “Bayonetta 2” are now graphically closer to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One titles.(Photo : YouTube Screenshot)

With the highly anticipated release of the Nintendo Switch just within the next few weeks, some Wii U owners are concerned whether Nintendo and its partners will continue to make games for the rather outdated console. The Cemu emulator, which recently rolled out an update, allows existing Wii U games to be played at 4K resolution.

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Using the traditional Wii U console, some games can be played at 1080p, but majority of the titles are on 720p resolution. While the difference of 1080p and 720p are somewhat trivial to most casual gamers, there has always been that glaring difference when a game is played at 4K resolution.

Cemu released the latest update on its emulator on Jan. 9. Since the release, several videos were posted on YouTube showing a handful of Wii U games running on 4K. With the new 4K treatment, games like "Xenoblade Chronicles X" and "Bayonetta 2" are now graphically closer to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One titles, according to Shack News.

Other Wii U games like the "Super Mario 3D World," "Mario Kart 8," and "The Legend of Zelda: Wind Walker HD" were also seen running on 4K resolution. The 4K treatment added color vibrancy to the graphics and fixed some textural inconsistencies.

As of this writing, Cemu is the only functional emulator for the current generation of consoles. Cemu version 1.7.0 is the latest update that supports 4K resolution and it is available for $5-tier Patreon backers. According to Digital Trends, Cemu developers said that the update will be rolled out publicly on Jan. 16.

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