Emulating 3DS games with a Steam Deck proves the Wii U was right


Through the magic of software emulation, you can use a Steam Deck (opens in a new tab) tethered to a monitor to play Nintendo 3DS games, which I’m now aware of thanks to tech video creator GameXData. In a tweet they posted, GameXData shows off a hilarious combination of images using the Steam Deck’s touchscreen and Pokemon X/Y.

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Using the power of Linux, emulation and the Steam Deck… we’ve reinvented the Wii U.

It’s a testament to the versatility of the Steam Deck as hardware that it can be used this way. The touch screen allows you to emulate and play some of the 3DS games as they were when they were first released – maybe grab a stylus first which works well on the Steam Deck screen I guess.

No kidding, you can emulate the Wii U style well on the Steam Deck and a monitor, which is awesome. (including the same people at GameXData also underlined. (opens in a new tab)) This is super awesome, as games designed similarly to Breath of the Wild make great use of that second screen as inventory and the like. Cemu supports this with a small checkbox that splits the gamepad into its own window.

Speaking of Cemu, it became open source recently which is a big deal for Wii U emulation (opens in a new tab). You can find GameXData at Twitter (opens in a new tab) and on YouTube (opens in a new tab)—thanks to them for bringing this vital information to our (my) attention.

In other Steam Deck news, Valve says production exceeded estimates (opens in a new tab), so your Steam Deck is probably on the way sooner if you’ve been waiting. Clearly, this pleases Valve, as it has confirmed that there will be more open and more capable generations of the Steam Deck. (opens in a new tab) Oh and they made a nice little booklet (opens in a new tab) on the Steam Deck when it launches in Asia. (You can read it in English, though.)


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