The team behind an emulator that makes The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild playable on PC is now earning over $23,000 per month in crowdfunding from just over 5,500 backers on Patreon. When news of the Breath of the Wild PC project hit earlier this month, the team was only making $7,000 a month from less than 2,000 backers, but that number has skyrocketed since them.
The team behind the project is the same behind the CEMU Wii U emulation software and is using its tech to bring the Wii U version of Breath of the Wild to PC. With the massive uptick in financial support from fans, CEMU has responded by revealing the huge progress it has made on emulating the game to the PC platform. A newly released video has been described as ‘impressive,’ with many citing how well the game appears to run.
Admittedly, Breath of the Wild‘s framerate is choppy in the video below, but it’s likely this could be ironed out with further optimization from the CEMU team. What’s most important and what is getting the most positive response is that much of the gameplay seems to run just fine; the video shows Link as he lights fires, completes puzzles, and even picks up a Korok seed.
While it’s unclear exactly when the project will be completed, the massive amount of funding behind the project is a testament to the game that Nintendo has created. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the best reviewed games of all-time and clearly fans will do anything – even playing the game on a platform it was never intended for – just to experience it for themselves.
On the other hand though, many will be wondering how long the emulation project can continue. Nintendo certainly isn’t shy about flexing its copyright muscles, coming down hard on those projects that infringe on its intellectual property. Last year alone, the company dropped the banhammer on over 500 fan projects based on its IP and prevented two Metroid and Pokemon fan games from being honored at The Game Awards.
Nintendo has yet to comment about CEMU’s work but the big question is whether it will turn a blind eye or whether it will go the more likely route and work to put a stop to it. Only time will tell but as that lofty crowdfunding figure shows, many will be upset if the project was to come to a halt.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now available on Nintendo Switch and Wii U.