Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo’s new online gameplay service for its popular console, had its complimentary app containing a selection of classic NES games hacked in less than 24 hours after launch, Kotaku reports.
Hackers who have been successful in cracking open the emulator behind this Nintendo Switch app have cited how similar the emulator is to the one found on NES Classic Mini console. This appears to have been a huge factor in just how simple it was for hackers to get their way inside and start loading in their own games.
In fact, a known hacker on Twitter going by the handle KapuccinoHeck claims that this library app hosts the games through awfully simple ‘.nes’ files, complete with a plain text database containing all of the compatible NES games. Of course, this file can be manipulated to add in more games.
This has been demonstrated in videos depicting the app launching custom-uploaded games that seem to be snuck in underneath containers for the existing games. You can see in the included video KapuccinoHeck launching Kirby’s Adventure from a window said to lead to the River City Ransom game, one of the officially included NES games on the app.
However, it’s not simple to make this happen, as all of the established set-up to homebrew the Nintendo Switch in the first place is required. That means you cannot go online with games on the console without risk of getting that Nintendo account banned from online play outright.
So, did the Nintendo Switch just become a viable, portable NES emulator? It sure looks like it. But, is that worth risking the rest of your time playing Switch games online, much less your console altogether? Probably not.
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