Although Nintendo only just recently jumped into the HD generation with its Wii U console, fans have long wondered what the studio’s most popular properties would look like rendered at top tier fidelity. Now, a Wii U emulator seeks to take things a step further, by delivering Nintendo games at 4K resolution.
Dubbed Cemu, the Wii U emulator is the work of the appropriately titled Team Cemu and is seeking to deliver Nintendo’s console experience on the PC platform. Moreover, Cemu will improve upon Nintendo’s already-stellar work by offering users new ways to customize their graphics.
Among the more impressive customizations is the ability to upscale games like Super Mario 3D World to 4K, which up until now had seemed almost impossible. But as evidenced by the video below, not only is it possible to see Mario running at 4K, but also the game looks gorgeous.
Other titles highlighted by Cemu in 4K are Bayonetta 2 and Xenoblade Chronicles X, two of the more popular, late-in-life releases for the Wii U. For a game like Bayonetta, where there is so much detail packed into every sequence, and so much to keep track of at any given moment, having the higher resolution and a better frame rate is sure to be a boon. Not to mention, the higher resolution helps highlight just how much work developer Platinum Games creating the world.
Currently, the 4K update graphic packs are only available to Cemu supporters on Patreon, but the plan is to release it to everyone on January 16th. However, any who can’t wait only need to pledge $5 of support to get everything they need.
While most of the world is waiting to see what Nintendo has in store for fans with the new Nintendo Switch console, Team Cemu is proving that the ship hasn’t completely sailed on Wii U experiences. Granted, in order to get the full 4K experience, gamers will need to move to the PC, but the work of Cemu is still impressive nonetheless. And in all honesty, it’s unlikely that the Switch will have support for 4K visuals or upscaling given the console’s focus on portability. With rumored specs that are more in line with the base PS4, the Switch has more in common with its predecessors.
It also goes to show that there may be a benefit to improved visuals for Nintendo games, even if the company chooses to put gameplay above all else. Super Mario can look amazing at higher resolutions, and we can’t wait to see what the Switch version of Mario looks like.