The Nintendo DS Drastic emulator is now free as the fallout from Yuzu's lawsuit begins

Developer of the popular Nintendo DS emulator Drastic He has made his app completely free on Android (formerly $4.99), and intend to check it out forever. Exophase wrote on its official Discord site that “I want to make it clear that I do not have any kind of financial incentive” and that Nintendo's move simply “made the whole process more urgent”:

“I just changed the app on GPlay to a free app. I don't even intend to keep it there much longer,” Exophase begins.
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Meanwhile, Steam Deck's popular Discord server shut down its entire emulation channel at least temporarily, writing: “We are not equipped to handle the potential legal ramifications of hosting discussions about Yuzu or emulation at this time” and apologizing for “needing to be censored.”

The Steam Deck Discord says he was “bullied into making an us vs. us decision” but doesn't say who the bullies are.
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When I searched for a Discord server for Ryujinx, another Nintendo Switch emulator, I found that it was no longer accepting invites. the edge And Ars Technica They have both reached out to Ryujinx for comment on Yuzu's lawsuit, but we have yet to hear back.

I wonder if Reogenex is okay.
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Another second-order effect: Without Yuzu and Citra, comprehensive emulation providers like the popular EmuDeck have to look elsewhere for core emulators. EmuDeck returns to Ryujinx for Nintendo Switch emulation and tests Panda3DS instead of Citra:

“This is not an announcement of good news :(” writes the lead developer of EmuDeck.
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If you see or hear any further fallout from Nintendo's lawsuit and Yuzu's collapse, please contact me at [email protected]. We would like to clarify whether and how the landscape might change.

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