WHAT TO KNOW
- You can play Pokemon Sword and Shield games on a Mac using an emulator called Ryujinx.
- Ryujinx is a powerful emulator that can play a wide variety of Nintendo Switch games.
Mac users can now play Pokemon Sword and Shield without the need for a Nintendo Switch console. Ryujinx, a powerful Nintendo Switch emulator, makes this possible.
This guide will walk you through the steps to set up Ryujinx and play Pokemon Sword and Shield on your Mac.
Requirements for Playing Pokemon Sword and Shield on a Mac
To embark on your Pokemon Sword and Shield adventure on your Mac, you’ll need the following:
- Mac: macOS 10.13 or later
- Emulator: Ryujinx
- ROM files: Pokemon Sword and Shield ROM files
Warning: Using game emulators is legal, but downloading and installing ROMs for games you don’t own is illegal.
- Controller: Ryujinx works with any Bluetooth controller, eliminating the need for an official Nintendo controller.
How to Play Pokemon Sword and Shield on Mac
Once you’ve met the above criteria, follow these steps to install the Ryujinx on your Mac.
1. Download Ryujinx on Your Mac. Visit the Ryujinx website and click the “Download” button under macOS.
Once the compressed file finishes downloading, double-click it to extract the contents. Drag the Ryujinx app into your Applications folder.
2. Setting Up Prod.Keys. To decrypt your Pokemon Sword and Shield ROM files, you’ll need to set up the prod.keys file.
Visit the Prod Keys website and download the latest version. Open Ryujinx, go to File > Open Ryujinx Folder > System folder. Paste the prod.keys file into the designated directory.
3. Install Ryujinx Firmware. Download the latest firmware from the Prod Keys website.
In Ryujinx, navigate to Tools > Install Firmware > Install a firmware from XCI or Zip. Select the firmware file you just downloaded.
4. Set Up Your Controller. Connect your controller to your Mac.
Open Ryujinx and go to Options > Settings. In the “Input” tab, make sure your controller is selected under the “Input Device” option.
5. Add Pokemon Sword and Shield to Ryujinx. Now that Ryujinx is configured, you can bring Pokemon Sword and Shield to life on your Mac.
Navigate to File > Load Application From File. Select your Pokemon Sword and Shield ROM file. Double-click on the ROM file, and watch as the game comes to life.
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