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Just last week, we learned that Nintendo was suing the team behind Yuzu, a Switch emulator. Nintendo had claimed Yuzu has negatively affected their brand, illegally bypassed their software encryption, and caused direct harm to their game sales. One week later, the situation is already coming to a close and Nintendo is getting exactly what they want.

Tropic Haze is the team that has created the Yuzu emulator, and they have decided to settle with Nintendo over the legal matter. This will see Tropic Haze pay Nintendo $2.4 million in damages, turn over their yuzu-emu.org website to Nintendo, and stop distributing the Yuzu emulator. A judge has to approve this outcome before it’s official, but once that word comes in, this will be a done deal.

Many were wondering where this legal battle would go, as its outcome would either cause a major change in how Nintendo operates, or a rush of subsequent lawsuits from other devs/pubs against emulator-related products. If this settlement is agreed upon, the potential legal nightmare will be averted, at least for the time being.

While remaining quiet ever since the lawsuit hit, today we see Tropic Haze break their silence on the matter with a lengthy statement on why they’re closing up shop. You can see their message in full below.


UPDATE: A judge has signed off on the settlement terms, so it appears things will be moving forward as planned. The judge did not make any adjustments to the settlement terms, so all proposed above will be the final resolution.

UPDATE 2: Nintendo has officially taken control of the web domain for Yuzu. As of right now, the http and https versions will open to blank pages. It’s unknown if Nintendo will have them redirect somewhere else in the near future.

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socar

Let's all be real here. Piracy is not preservation. It is stealing stuff that doesn't belong to you.

Nintendo has historically preserved their legacy content a lot of times. And just because emulators can play better than on consoles, that doesn't mean that you can straight up just get the emulators to play the games. Because games are made with the consoles limitations in mind.

But yes this was going to happen at some point. Now all Nintendo has to do is use this for every other emulator out there in the open.

martynstuff

5M ago

And that's the end of that chapter. Yuzu? More like 'you sue and settle out of court'

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kingbroly

5M ago

I thought it'd settle, but I also expected it to hit discovery at least. This quick result is as surprising as it is disappointing.


kingbroly

5M ago

@rawmeatcowboy

The github pages for both Yuzu AND Citra have been taken down. They were made by the same people.


socar

5M ago

Let's all be real here. Piracy is not preservation. It is stealing stuff that doesn't belong to you.

Nintendo has historically preserved their legacy content a lot of times. And just because emulators can play better than on consoles, that doesn't mean that you can straight up just get the emulators to play the games. Because games are made with the consoles limitations in mind.

But yes this was going to happen at some point. Now all Nintendo has to do is use this for every other emulator out there in the open.


waltdingbat

5M ago

@kingbroly

Some of their chats leaked showing they were fine with stealing games they didn’t care about, etc. This message from them is nothing but an attempt at PR spin.


tendonin

4M ago

“We swear we never intended our crack pipes to be used to smoke crack.”


kingbroly

4M ago

I wanted the domains to open to a picture of Wario being angry that games were stolen.