Aug 24, 2022 2 min read

Cemu 2.0 announced, Wii U emulator goes open source and gets native Linux support

Cemu 2.0 announced, Wii U emulator goes open source and gets native Linux support

Big news for all emulation fans: Cemu, the Wii U emulator, is getting a 2.0 release that brings a plethora of changes.

For one, Cemu is now open source, and everyone can participate in developing the Wii U emulator. You can find the Github page here:

GitHub - cemu-project/Cemu: Cemu is a Wii U emulator
Cemu is a Wii U emulator. Contribute to cemu-project/Cemu development by creating an account on GitHub.

Also, and this will be of interest to all of us Steam Deck users: Cemu now natively supports Linux. While in the meantime, we still have to compile the build ourselves, the developers announced on Reddit that they are working on AppImages and FlatPaks:

We now also offer Linux builds, albeit not in the most straightforward way. Right now you still have to compile Cemu yourself for most distros. However, we are looking into adding appimage or flatpak releases for convenience. Be aware that the Linux version of Cemu isn't fully fleshed out yet. It should generally work fine, but there are some remaining issues, most of them related to the UI.

Here is the full changelog for version 2.0 with a download link:

Cemu emulator

Cemu is a fantastic emulator, and I have to admit I am surprised it was closed source and developed mainly by one single person. Opening it up for the wider community should theoretically mean it will get much more support and a faster development time.

I am looking forward to what a native Linux build can do to the performance on the Steam Deck.

If you haven't yet set up any emulators on your Steam Deck, here is the guide we wrote:

Emulation: How to play Nintendo and Sony games on the Steam Deck
One of the charms of modern gaming devices is their capabilities to emulate old gaming devices and play old games — often at a better quality than what was capable in the past. And for many — me included —the Steam Deck is the perfect device to emulate old games from the
Kevin Wammer
Kevin Wammer
Gamer since the age of 3. Fell in love with tech while hacking PSPs for fun. I have a tri-force on my forearm.
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