Nintendo’s struggles with hackers and modders continue. Earlier this year, Switch was declared “completely compromised” due to its Tegra X1 architecture, and since then we’ve seen countless examples of this. Nintendo has responded, banning members of the Homebrew community and Splatoon 2 hackers, but they just keep coming.

The latest development in the realm of Switch modding deals with emulation. We’ve already seen
some examples of this, including an attempt to run SNES Classic software on Switch. This time around, @_Mizumi on Twitter has modded his Switch to play certain Nintendo 64 and GameCube games via emulation.

The lineup shown off so far includes
Super Smash Bros. Melee, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Pokémon Snap, and more. Some games run smoothly while others are slowed down, and modders are continuing to refine process.The community is also working to bring Wii games to Switch via Dolphin emulation, and there are some early attempts at DS emulation as well.

While we haven’t seen any repercussions yet, it’s likely only a matter of time before Nintendo catches wind. In the past they’ve banned modded consoles from going online. It’s impressive to see what these fans have managed to do, but we’d advise caution before making any changes to your Switch for emulation purposes.

Our Verdict


Ben Lamoreux


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