Nintendo’s Crackdown on Yuzu: Mass Removal of Repositories

Legal Battle Escalates as Nintendo Targets Yuzu Emulator Code

Nintendo’s ongoing battle against the Yuzu emulator has taken a drastic turn, with the recent removal of a staggering 8,535 repositories from GitHub. This mass takedown comes in the wake of a court ruling that deemed Yuzu’s software primarily designed to circumvent and play Nintendo Switch games, thereby violating copyright laws.

The takedown request, mirroring Nintendo’s legal arguments, targeted repositories containing Yuzu code, emphasizing the emulator’s role in bypassing Nintendo’s encryption measures. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) violations prompted GitHub to act, leading to the removal of the reported repositories. Notably, GitHub’s response extended to the entire network of repositories associated with Yuzu, totaling over 8,000.

Nintendo’s proactive stance against copyright infringement is well-documented, as evidenced by its pursuit of legal action against alleged violators. The repercussions of the Yuzu judgment extend beyond the emulator itself, affecting related projects like the 3DS emulator Citra, developed by the same individuals. Legal restrictions now bar these developers from engaging in any endeavor that encroaches on Nintendo’s copyrights.


Despite Nintendo’s efforts to eradicate Yuzu, remnants of the emulator’s code persist online, scattered across various platforms. Previous attempts to eradicate such software have proven challenging, suggesting that complete eradication may be unattainable.

Amidst the ongoing crackdown on game emulators, Apple has introduced new regulations within its App Store, temporarily opening avenues for the publication and access of such emulators. This move comes as a surprising development in the landscape of mobile gaming, where emulator apps have long been considered taboo due to concerns regarding intellectual property rights and piracy.

With these new regulations, developers have been granted a temporary window of opportunity to submit and distribute emulator apps through the App Store. This shift in policy marks a departure from Apple’s previous stance on emulator apps, which were strictly prohibited from being listed on the platform.

However, despite this temporary relaxation of restrictions, the longevity of this newfound freedom remains uncertain. Apple’s decision to allow emulator apps into the App Store may be subject to change based on various factors, including legal considerations and feedback from developers and users.