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The Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch is a neat bit of hardware, but what if it could do more? Some people mod and install custom firmware on their Switch consoles to install homebrew software. We don’t recommend it, but we’ll explain the process.

Before you rush off to hack your Switch, you should think long and hard about whether the risks are worth it.

Why We Recommend Against Modding

Again, we recommend against modding your Nintendo Switch console. Here are some problems that could occur if you do:

  • You could brick your Nintendo Switch, rendering it unusable.
  • Nintendo might ban your online account, removing access to all your legitimate purchases.
  • Nintendo could ban your Nintendo Switch console from ever connecting to online services.

If you’re still interested in learning about the process of modding a Nintendo Switch to run homebrew software, here’s how people do it.

Why Would You Hack Your Switch?

The process of installing custom firmware on a console, often referred to as hacking or modding, is a lot like performing a jailbreak on an iPhone. The ultimate goal is to install custom firmware on the device that removes the original manufacturer’s restrictions.

In Apple’s case, this allows you to modify and tweak the iOS operating system, install software from unknown sources, and dig around in parts of the system you were never meant to see. The same is true with Nintendo Switch. You’re running a custom version of Nintendo’s firmware. This means, in theory, it should maintain compatibility with first-party games and software while allowing you to use software from sources other than the eShop or a cartridge.

“Homebrew” is a term used to describe user-contributed software. This software allows you to do things Nintendo never sanctioned. The most obvious of these is installing software from unscrupulous sources, including pirated games.

You can install emulators on a modified Switch and play all manner of classic games from early home consoles, handhelds, and arcade cabinets. There are certainly issues with more modern, demanding platforms (like the Dreamcast). However, older platforms, like the SNES and Nintendo DS, work well. There’s even a reliable Switch port of PCSX, an original PlayStation emulator.

Switch modders have ported whole operating systems to the platform, including Ubuntu Linux, a version of Linux called “Lakka,” which focuses on emulation, and a version of Android.

Since modding a console that’s still under active development is very much a cat-and-mouse game, many homebrew apps focus on protecting the Switch from Nintendo’s long arm. This includes apps for backing up and restoring save data, blocking automatic updates, updating your console safely, and making it easier to perform the same jailbreak in the future.

The other reason you might think about modding your Switch is too have fun! If you get a kick out of taking things apart and seeing how they work, this might be for you. Maybe you enjoy the challenge or are interested in making your own homebrew applications.

A Word of Warning

Nintendo Switch modding isn’t for everyone. The majority of Switch owners who simply want to play a few games should avoid doing this entirely. Anyone who doesn’t understand what he or she is doing should also think twice. If you don’t have a good reason to jailbreak, don’t bother.

There’s a small risk that in doing so, you’ll brick your Switch. If you only have one console, it isn’t worth the risk. If you have a second one you won’t mind losing, then at least you’ll still have your “main” Switch if things go wrong.

Unsurprisingly, Nintendo isn’t fond of people installing homebrew on their consoles. Not only does it allow you to pirate games, but it also makes it possible to modify game files for an unfair advantage. For example, you can modify save files to “fix” high-score tables, or install software like emulators (which Nintendo’s been fighting for years). There’s also a chance you could install malicious software since homebrew isn’t vetted by Nintendo.

A Nintendo Switch Console

If Nintendo detects custom firmware on your modified Switch, you could be permanently banned from online services. This has harsh consequences. You won’t be able to access your library of (legitimately purchased) games on the eShop. You also won’t be able to use Nintendo Switch Online anymore. This means you’ll be locked out of matchmaking and online communities in games like Mario Maker 2.

Nintendo has proven it’s prepared to apply hardware bans (blacklisting of a console), as well as account-level bans for various infractions. An account-level ban means you can “start over” and open a new account on the same console, but you’ll lose all your purchases and any associated services. A hardware ban means you can never connect that Nintendo Switch console to online services again.

Even if you do have a second Switch you’re prepared to sacrifice, it’s a good idea to scrub it of any mention of your main Nintendo account before you dip your toes into the homebrew scene.

Is Your Switch Compatible?

Not all Switch consoles can be hacked. In April 2018, a vulnerability was discovered in the custom Tegra X2 chipset used by Nintendo. The issue was acknowledged by NVIDIA, who supplies the chips:

“A person with physical access to older Tegra-based processors could connect to the device’s USB port, bypass the secure boot and execute unverified code.”

The exploit is hardware-based, which means future versions of the Tegra X2 used in the Switch were patched. If you have a Nintendo Switch manufactured after April 2018, there’s a good possibility it can’t be modified.

To find out for sure, you can check the serial number on the bottom edge of the unit near the charging port. Then, cross-reference your serial number with this thread on GBATemp to see if it can be modded. There are three categories: unpatched (exploitable), patched (not exploitable), and possibly patched.

If yours falls under the “possibly patched” category, you’ll have to try the exploit and see if it works.

A serial number on a Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch Lite and the slightly updated “Mariko” consoles (released in August 2019) have also been patched, and thus, can’t be used with this exploit. If you do have an original unpatched Switch, you’re in luck! Since this is a hardware exploit (tied to the specific chip used in the console), Nintendo can’t patch it.

Of course, you can also buy a Switch that can be hacked if you don’t already have one. Just use the GBATemp serial thread to cross-reference serial numbers with the patched and unpatched product lines. You can also test a console’s vulnerability without harming it.

If your Switch currently can’t be patched, there’s not much you can do. Keep an eye on the scene, though—hackers are constantly coming up with new exploits. These include hardware modifications, like SX Core and SX Lite, for consoles that can’t be hacked via other methods.

Hacking Your Switch

To hack your Switch, you’ll need the following items:

  • An unpatched Nintendo Switch that’s open to exploits
  • A microSD card of 64 GB or larger (4 GB will work, but 64 GB is safer)
  • An RCM jig or another way to ground pin 10 on the right JoyCon (more on this below)
  • A cable to connect your Switch (USB-C) with your computer (USB-A or USB-C) or Android device, if you’re using it.

The best exploit to use is known as “fusee-gelee,” which works with all versions of Switch firmware provided your Switch is exploitable. The other exploits, Nereba and Caffeine, are limited to particular firmware versions.

You can follow the full walkthrough of how to hack your Switch via the NH Switch Guide, with detailed instructions for most operating systems. However, we’ll give you a brief overview of the process below.

This exploit uses the exploitable recovery mode (RCM) included with the Tegra X2. To access this mode, hold down the Volume Up, Power, and Home buttons. This isn’t the Home button on the JoyCon, but rather, the “hidden” hardware Home button.

To do this, you’ll need to ground pin 10 on the right JoyCon rail with an RCM jig. There are several ways you can make an RCM jig, and some are more permanent than others. If you do this incorrectly, it could potentially damage or permanently brick your Switch.

After you enter RCM, you can download Hekate (a custom bootloader) to the root of your MicroSD card and put it in your Switch. Use your preferred device to inject the payload, partition the MicroSD card, and then download and copy your custom firmware.

Next, you’ll want to make a NAND backup and grab your console’s unique keys. These might come in handy if something goes wrong and you have to restore your Switch.

Finally, you can boot into RCM with your RCM jig, inject your payload, and then use Hekate to launch the custom firmware of your choice.

If you follow the NH Switch Guide, you end up with the custom firmware Atmosphere. You’ll see a Homebrew menu and several custom applications, including the following:

  • hbappstore: This is a homebrew app store, like Cydia for jailbroken iPhones.
  • Checkpoint: A save game manager.
  • NX-Shell: A file explorer.
  • NXThemeInstaller: This app allows you to install custom themes.
  • atmosphere-updater: This app keeps your custom firmware up to date.

Use the “switch” folder on your microSD card to transfer the .NRO homebrew applications you want to use on your Switch.

Remember, this is an untethered jailbreak, which means restarting your Switch as you normally would will return it to its previously unhacked state. You’ll then have to boot into RCM, inject the payload, and then launch your custom firmware to get back into homebrew mode.

Approach with Caution

The Nintendo Switch is entering a golden era. We’re now in the middle of what’s currently expected to be the console’s life cycle, and the Switch is still in hot demand.

While Nintendo has had an explosive first three years, there are still some big first-party exclusives on the horizon, including the sequel to Breath of the Wild, a new Metroid Prime, and the recently-announced Paper Mario: The Origami King.

Once again, risking your Switch at such a prime time in the console’s life cycle doesn’t seem worth it unless you’ve got a spare unit to sacrifice. Even then, you might be better off using a cheap Switch-clone instead. If you’re desperate to mod something, how about the Switch dock, instead?

Sours: https://www.howtogeek.com/670631/everything-you-need-to-know-about-nintendo-switch-modding/

NH Switch Guide

A guide collaboration between Nintendo Homebrew's Helpers and Staff, from stock to Atmosphere.


What is homebrew?

Homebrew is a term for unoffical software written by hobbyists and amateur developers for locked down systems (i.e. the Switch).

This can include save editing tools, games, emulators, and more.

Homebrew can be run for free on your Switch through Custom Firmware as long as you have a "first-generation" system running 13.0.0 or lower, and a USB-C cable.

What is Custom Firmware?

Custom Firmware (“CFW”) is a piece of software that modifies the system firmware. Atmosphere, for example, does this by running in the background and patching the OS on the fly.

This allows one to extend the functionality of their system by giving homebrew higher levels of permission than most userland exploits and can be used to provide extra features for homebrew devs and users to take advantage of for various purposes, for instance, game modding using LayeredFS.

CFW can be set up on any first-generation console on any version (but will require additional tools).

What does this guide install?

This guide has the end goal of taking a completely unmodified Switch from Stock Firmware to Atmosphere Custom Firmware.

fusee-gelee is currently the best method of launching Custom Firmware that gives us nearly full control of the system. It utilizes a vulnerability in the bootROM of the first-generation Switch systems, allowing us to send any payload we want to the Switch's recovery mode, instead of only ones that Nintendo have authorized.

What can I do with Custom Firmware?

  • Customize your HOME Menu with user-created themes and splash screens
  • Use “ROM hacks” for games that you own
  • Backup, edit, and restore saves for many games
  • Play games for older systems with various emulators, using RetroArch or other standalone emulators
  • Safely update to the latest system version without fear of losing access to homebrew

What do I need to know before starting?

Before beginning the guide, you must know the risks of Switch hacking: EVERY time you modify your system, there is always the potential for an UNRECOVERABLE brick. They’re rare but still a possibility so make sure you follow ALL directions EXACTLY.

This guide will work on first-generation Switch consoles in all regions on firmware 13.0.0 or below.

You will need one of the following in order to successfully follow this guide:

  • A PC and a USB cable capable of data transfer between your Switch and your PC
  • An Android device and a USB cable capable of data transfer between your Switch and your Android device
    • This does not work on every android phone
  • A Lightning-OTG adapter, a jailbroken iOS device and a USB cable capable of data transfer between your Switch and the adapter
    • This method is not covered by the guide, but you can read more about it at this website

You will also need a micro SD card that is at least 64 gigabytes or larger if you plan on following this guide through the emummc path, which is safer and strongly recommended. If you must use a smaller SD card, it is possible with the sysmmc path, but strongly not recommended.

Finally, you will need a way to access Recovery Mode. (This will be further explained in the "Entering RCM section")

If everything goes according to plan, you will lose no data and end up with everything that you started with (games, Nintendo Account, saves, etc will be preserved).

Keep your device plugged in and charged throughout the entire process to avoid data loss or damage from an unexpected power-off.

Custom Firmware is not permanent with current methods, and will be unloaded upon rebooting the system.

It is advised that you read the entire guide from start to finish one or more times before actually running through the guide with your system.


Continue to Getting Started

Sours: https://nh-server.github.io/switch-guide/
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snake_5036 posted...
V1 only has purpose if you plan to hack/mod the console.

V2 is objectively superior in every single area if you have no plans for hacking/modding.

This is simply not true.

Last gen I went Xbox 360 > PS4 & PS4pro
This gen I went PS4pro > Xbox Series X

Totes-My-Boats posted...
What’s the difference besides battery life?

I upgraded an take for example FE:TH. I was normally down to 50% after 1 hour full brightness. Now it gets to about 85%. Digital Foundry did a nice video on this and it says the V2 gets about 72% better battery life on a game like BotW at full brightness. Switch lite has the better processor to help with battery life too, but to make it smaller they used a smaller battery. I believe it still gets better life than V1 Switch, but V2 is still superior.

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xlr_big-coop posted...
V1 if you care about emulation and using packs to improve performance/graphics of your games. There's a bunch of other neat things you can do, but I also know it might not be for everyone. If you don't care about that then I'd say v2. I got a lite as well and while it's more comfortable to hold, the v2 lasts so much longer in comparison.

Oh yeah, let's risk the Nintendo banhammer permanently for a few free games. Just saying.

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SeamusOHassey posted...
xlr_big-coop posted...
V1 if you care about emulation and using packs to improve performance/graphics of your games. There's a bunch of other neat things you can do, but I also know it might not be for everyone. If you don't care about that then I'd say v2. I got a lite as well and while it's more comfortable to hold, the v2 lasts so much longer in comparison.

Oh yeah, let's risk the Nintendo banhammer permanently for a few free games. Just saying.

Literally no risk if you're offline. Just saying.

Now, since the V1 Switch is a bit cheaper than the V2 Switch, would you say that the V1 Switch is an indie console, while the V2 Switch is a proper AAA console?

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Exurna posted...
Now, since the V1 Switch is a bit cheaper than the V2 Switch, would you say that the V1 Switch is an indie console, while the V2 Switch is a proper AAA console?

🙄 Will you let it go already ffs.

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V1 besides if you are into modding (which is risky), if you don't care about portable play and might be able to get a good deal on mk8 deluxe bundle on black Friday

V2 for 1.7x better portable battery life and runs cooler too

Less is more. Everything you want, isn't everything you need.

This is like asking to chose between month-old expired milk vs a new gallon.

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Sours: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/189706-nintendo-switch/78198995?page=1
One Year With a Modded Nintendo Switch - My Thoughts

If you want to use custom software or allow your Switch to run older Nintendo titles, the only choice you have would be to mod your device. This isn’t a simple task though. Not all Switch consoles can be modded, and even for those that are, doing this comes with risks that you should take note of.

How to Check if Your Nintendo Switch is Moddable

Before We Begin

Nintendo is rather strict about what its users can do both about its consoles and its games. Modding your Switch device will not only void any warranty you may have on it, Nintendo may also refuse to service your device at a charge.

There is also the slight chance that any modification done to the OS of the Switch will result in bricking your device. Seeing as Nintendo will then refuse to service any Switch that has been modded, or has been attempted to be modded, this essentially means that your only solution is to buy a new console.

Be sure to think it over before deciding to mod your Nintendo Switch because, more often than not, there’s no going back. If you think that the risks are worth taking, then read on.

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Can My Nintendo Switch Be Modded?

Not all Nintendo Switch consoles can be modded. The mod, or hack, depends on a certain vulnerability to a piece of software called Fusée Gelée. After the vulnerability was discovered, it was disclosed to Nintendo, which has patched it for later console releases. If your device hasn’t been patched, then it can be modded, otherwise there’s no way to mod your console.

There are several ways to check if your device has been patched or not. The simplest would be to compare the serial number listings of patched and unpatched Nintendo Switch consoles. You can find your device’s Serial Number on the underside of your device. It’s the number in the sticker with the bar code. If the sticker isn’t there, you can check it on your Switch by going to System Settings – tapping on System, then on Serial Information.

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Once you have the number, you can check it against the list provided here:

  1. For Serial Numbers beginning in XAW1
    Serials between XAW10000000000 to XAW10074000000 are unpatched and moddable.
    Serials between XAW10074000000 to XAW10120000000 are potentially patched.
    Serials from XAW10120000000 and up are patched and unmoddable.
  2. For Serial Numbers beginning in XAW4
    Serials between XAW40000000000 to XAW40011000000 are unpatched and moddable.
    Serials between XAW40011000000 to XAW40012000000 have potentially been patched.
    Serials from XAW40012000000 and up are already patched and can’t be modded.
  3. For Serial Numbers beginning in XAW7
    Serials between XAW70000000000 to XAW70017800000 are unpatched and moddable.
    Serials between XAW70017800000 to XAW70030000000 have possibly been patched.
    Serials from XAW70030000000 and up are patched and can’t be modded.
  4. For Serial Numbers beginning in XAJ1
    Serials between XAJ10000000000 to XAJ10020000000 are unpatched and thus moddable.
    Serials between XAJ10020000000 to XAJ10030000000 have likely been patched.
    Serials from XAJ10030000000 and up are patched and unmoddable.
  5. For Serial Numbers beginning in XAJ4
    Serials between XAJ40000000000 to XAJ40046000000 are unpatched and can be modded.
    Serials between XAJ40046000000 to XAJ40060000000 have likely been patched.
    Serials from XAJ40060000000 and up have been patched and are unmoddable.
  6. For Serial Numbers beginning in XAJ7
    Serials between XAJ70000000000 to XAJ70040000000 are unpatched and moddable.
    Serials between XAJ70040000000 to XAJ70050000000 have possibly been patched.
    Serials from XAJ70050000000 and up are patched and can’t be modded.
  7. For serials beginning in XKW1, XKJ1, XJW1, and XWW1 all of the consoles released with these numbers are patched and can’t be modded.

Devices that have possibly been patched means that it’s highly likely that modding will not work on the console. There’s a slight chance that you can mod it, but more often than not the patch has closed the vulnerability.

If you don’t like looking at lists or are at a store and want to check if the console on the shelf is moddable, you can use this tool to check the individual serial number.

So, My Switch Is Moddable, What Now?

There are several methods to mod an unpatched Nintendo Switch depending on your Firmware version. You can find the Firmware Version of your device by going to the System Settings, tapping on System and then scrolling down to see the Update Version.

All firmware versions of unpatched Switch consoles can be modded using the Recovery Mode or RCM method. In addition, consoles with firmware version 1.0.0 can be modded using the software called Nereba, and versions 2.0.0 to 4.1.0 can be patched with another software called Caffeine.

Search on Google either Switch mod RCM, Nereba, or Caffeine to see the step by step method to do so. Regardless of the method available to you, you’ll want to read the directions carefully and perhaps multiple times before proceeding with the mod to your Switch.

Even if you have a patched Switch, there may be future versions of these modders that can eventually crack the patch, and if you want to wait, do not update your version beyond 7.0.1. All updates after this will prevent any tampering with the console’s code.

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A Risky Proposition

Modding, though risky, can open up your Switch to a whole range of games and applications. Similar to jailbreaking or rooting mobile devices, it allows your Switch to perform things it was never originally designed to do. It’s a weighty decision that comes with both pros and cons.

Do you know of other methods to check if your Nintendo Switch is moddable? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Sours: https://www.alphr.com/how-to-check-if-your-nintendo-switch-is-moddable/

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