Gbatemp forum user Exzap has created the first Wii U emulator, named Cemu, which is able to run commercial games from the Nintendo console.
The announcement was posted on the site on October 13th with the promise of new updates every fortnight.
The emulator can currently run games on machines running Windows 7 or above and runs at full 1080p, if supported by the emulated game.
Despite this, the current build still has issues to be worked out. At the moment, users will experience slow framerates and long loading times, as the emulator has very few optimisations.
In order to run Cemu, you must also download the OpenGL API, which doesn’t work on AMD machines, so the emulator currently only works with NVIDIA and some Intel computers.
Those wanting to use the Wii U controller connected to their computer will have to wait for further updates, as Cemu is locked to emulating the GamePad via a keyboard at the moment.
Possibly the biggest issue of all is the lack of sound – audio is not supported as of version 1.0.1.
The Wii U is the latest in a long line of consoles to be emulated on computers, following the likes of the PS2, GameCube, Xbox and Wii. However, Cemu is the first current-gen emulator to be released and has even beaten consoles from the previous generation, such as the PS3, which (in part due to its complex processor structure) is yet to have playable emulation.
The Wii U was initially released by Nintendo on November 18th 2012 and was the first Nintendo console to support high-definition graphics. It’s since sold poorly and sits in third place behind the PS4 and Xbox One.