You can check out our article about the Skyline shutdown here: Nintendo Forces Skyline Emulator To Shut Down.
Some people took the title of our article literally, and argued that Nintendo did not have a part in the shutdown, and it was Skyline themselves who decided to stop development.
But in our opinion, when a company is threatening legal action against you if you don’t shutdown, that’s them forcing you to do so.
Whatever way you wanna spin it, Skyline knew that if they continued development of their Nintendo Switch emulator, they might face the same fate as Gary Bowser (google him if you don’t know).
So Strato is here to continue the work that started with Skyline.
So what do we know about Strato so far?
Well, much like the code it is based off of, Strato is an Android based Nintendo Switch emulation program.
On the Strato Github page, they specifically clarify: “Strato builds on top of Skyline and is meant as a continuation of that project.”
As part of Skyline’s closure, they announced that all of their code is entirely open source and free for anybody to create their own fork (it maybe was always like that).
So whoever is behind Strato took that code and began a new branch of Switch emulation for Android.
They also credit other Switch emulation teams Ryujinx, Yuzu and Switchbrew as sources of information and code that helped make Strato possible.
Of course, it would seem that the new team behind Strato will probably wanna keep things pretty anonymous.
They also are sure to mention no association with Nintendo or Android. For safe measure, I guess.
So what do you guys think? Are you happy to see Skyline reborn in Strato? And how long do you think this dream will last?
While emulation of current generation hardware is certainly tougher to justify, we also can’t really point fingers at those who want to do it.
So we do think it’s mostly a good thing that this kind of stuff exists, and someone is trying to keep the project alive.
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Anthony has been a video game lover ever since he can remember. He became a fulltime nomad in 2018, living throughout most of Asia. He focused his passion in retro gaming and began creating a game for the Game Boy Color while living in Nara, Japan during the 2020 pandemic. He is now in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he spends most of his time gaming, going on long walks and meeting as many stray dogs as possible.