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Nintendo Switch Emulator Can Run Metroid Dread in 4K

Metroid Dread has already become playable on PC with 4K resolution via Nintendo Switch emulators.

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Nintendo Switch Emulator Can Run Metroid Dread in 4K

A surprise announcement for 2021 2D action-adventure game Metroid Dread from developer Mercury Steam and publisher Nintendo at E3 2021 Direct livestream had series fans hyped up for newest 2D entry after nearly two decades.

Dread has officially been released worldwide, exclusively on Nintendo Switch consoles only a day ago on October 8, 2021, but copies have already leaked ahead of launch and are already playable on various popular Switch emulators.


Although intended platform exclusivity for Nintendo handheld, players on high-end PCs can also run Metroid Dread using open-source emulator Yuzu, allowing access to custom controls and an unlimited dynamic FPS settings on launch-day.

There are a few minor issues regarding black screens and cut-scenes that developers have fixed in newly updated version of Yuzu. Players who uses Ryujinx emulator can get almost similar FPS rates but on a much superior resolution of 4K.


Yuzu developers shared a brief footage of Metroid Dread running at 4K via emulator on official Twitter account.



Considering how Metroid Dread original version is only playable at native 720/900p resolution on Switch via handheld or TV mode, which is a shame for fans to have a legit version of a game that looks inferior in comparison to emulation.

In certain instances, players on PC can come across some performance issue depending on their hardware specs and software compatibility but in most cases, people on a powerful gaming PC build will most probably have no trouble at all.


Console emulation typically takes about a generation or two and it never undermines release-day sales. However, Dread being readily available on current-gen console emulators creates a major sales issue that Nintendo cannot ignore.

Nintendo's approach to not preserve older games like Game Boy Advance or Nintendo DS-era makes some of them unavailable on digital stores or retail market and for most cases; they are only accessible through free emulators online.

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