Nintendo Switch homebrew is evolving quickly - SNES, GBA as well as classic Doom already playable

Discussion in 'Video Games' started by N00MKRAD, Jan 26, 2018.

  1. N00MKRAD

    N00MKRAD Member Original Poster

    So, it looks like the homebrew community beat Nintendo when it comes to VC.

    Currently, NES, SNES, GB, GBC, GBA and a few more platforms can already be emulated at full speed.

    As well as classic Doom:

    Here's an overview for current Retroarch status.

    Currently, Firmware 3.0 is mainly used, so far there are no hax on 4.x, however, Team Xecuter announced that they are releasing a modchip soon which is supposed to be version-independent. A hardware revision is likely the only thing that Nintendo could do against this. Also, fail0verflow demonstrated that they have a working hack as well.

    The current hack is mostly the work of the Reswitched team.

    Another interesting thing is that yuzu, the Switch emulator, can already run homebrew. Yes, you can emulate games with retroarch on an emulated Switch on your PC and yes, it has been done.

    So far, neither copying save files nor loading games work, but I guess it's good that piracy is not a thing yet, regardless of how big the actual impact of it would be.
  2. N00MKRAD

    N00MKRAD Member Original Poster

  3. Avalon

    Avalon Member

  4. RockyMin

    RockyMin Member

    I wonder if there will eventually be a flashcart for Switch, like DS/3DS had.
  5. maximumzero

    maximumzero Member

    Nice, finally the proper Doom on the go.

    I feel like it's only a matter of time.
  6. L.O.R.D

    L.O.R.D Member

    oh man, i can't wait to see how it play PS1/PSP games on it.
  7. N00MKRAD

    N00MKRAD Member Original Poster


    You know what's best?

    DOOM 3 is open source and has been ported to Android. Also, the BFG edition is on the Shield TV (Tegra X1 as well).

    With a bit of luck, Switch will eventually be able to play the entire Doom series portably.
  8. shotgunbob04

    shotgunbob04 Member

    Well, it's nice to know that if Nintendo ends up not letting me play my old games on my Switch, there are still ways. I'm most excited for GameCube and Wii games running on Switch.
  9. asagami_

    asagami_ Member

    Modchips are not so popular as before, and it's not so accesible like software. But it will be a interesting alternative in the future, when the Switch will be cheaper.
  10. #10
    Jesus, I hope it doesn't get pirated that soon.
    Is there data that proves easily pirateable consoles sell and receive less games?
    Edit: For preservation purposes, I hope the Switch and its iterations end up being cracked or emulated, but not before they've sold all they have to sell.
  11. maximumzero

    maximumzero Member

    I feel like the Nintendo DS suffered heavily from piracy from about 2007/2008 on, but I'm not sure if there's any proper research done on the matter.

    I'm sure the 3DS suffered a bit as well, though not as heavily.
  12. TimeFire

    TimeFire Member

    Anecdotal, but the PS2 became as huge as it was here in South America because it was easily piratable. So did the DS for that matter.

    But anyway, I hope we're still far away from Switch piracy. May scare off third-parties.
  13. Asterikolt

    Asterikolt Community Resettler Member

    I'd personally find it more interesting when there's homebrew that's not just ported emulators and Doom, but that's nice for those devs.
  14. wwm0nkey

    wwm0nkey Member

    Man now I just want Bethesda to release Doom 1 and 2 classic on Switch
  15. RedAhmed

    RedAhmed Member

    There is no proof for that, companies haven't been able to prove that piracy is resulting into less sales.

    The PS2 was a piracy paradise where I came from. All consoles were sold with a chip that enables piracy, and all games available for sale were pirated and dirt cheap. But no games/consoles were ever sold officially, so they were all imports.

    And I don't have to tell you how much the PS2 and DS sold worldwide, despite being known for piracy. Nobody can say if there would be more games sold if there was no piracy involved.
  16. #16
    The lack of a Virtual Console or Classic Doom is tempting me... but don’t want my NNID banned this early in the system’s life.
  17. Thatguy

    Thatguy Member

    Same. I have the SNES and NES classic for the old games, or just my phone. I'm most interested in Gamecube/Wii emulation right now. I want to play Metroid Prime 1-3 and F-Zero and Rogue Squadron and give Skyward Sword a shot.
  18. jon bones

    jon bones Member

    lets hope not
  19. Vena

    Vena Community Resettler Member

    Impossible. The cart-authentication system would requires national funding in investment to reverse engineer their two-way authentication system.

    Hardware revision is not the only answer.
  20. Cypher

    Cypher Member

    Thank god for homebrew.
  21. BreakAtmo

    BreakAtmo Member

    They should go further. Full-blown id Old-School collection with The Ultimate DOOM, DOOM 2, Master Levels for DOOM 2, Final DOOM, DOOM 64, and the Hexen/Heretic games, all in one little cart.
  22. Kouriozan

    Kouriozan Member

    Nintendo please, what are you doing with your VC.
  23. N00MKRAD

    N00MKRAD Member Original Poster

    I'd be ok with D3 BFG Edition, I think it includes ultimate Doom.
  24. StrapOnFetus

    StrapOnFetus Member

    For real though. PS1 and PSP are gonna be good. I cant wait to play Chrono Cross and FF7. Maybe we will get some oldschool MAME.

    How is PS2 emulation these days?
  25. BreakAtmo

    BreakAtmo Member

    DOOM 3 BFG Edition would be a solid inclusion as well, actually.
  26. N00MKRAD

    N00MKRAD Member Original Poster

    PS2 on ARM isn't going anywhere soon, it's making progress, but very slowly.

    But yeah, PSX/PSP will be great.
  27. #27
    Amazing progress very fascinating stuff
  28. jred250

    jred250 Member

    Does this allow you to back up your saves?
  29. Ashler

    Ashler Member

    That's more retro action on the switch than we've seen on VC thus far... :(
  30. Yazzees

    Yazzees Member

    Wonder how GBA compatibility is. To this day it's a bitch to get some popular games running flawlessly off a flash cart on native hardware.
  31. Seik

    Seik Member

    I love how Doom is a homebrew staple that basically represents "You got hacked fam".

    Best game, too.

    RROCKMAN Member

    SRB2 Switch plz
  33. MoonFrog

    MoonFrog Member

    Should add a classic PC VC, clearly, when/if they do bring VC.

    That might help Switch in the west/help encourage playing western games on the device.
  34. sdp

    sdp Member

    At least someone is working on VC.
  35. NoKisum

    NoKisum Member

    Now I'm at a crossroads.

    Do I invest in a second Switch just for homebrew so I can finally have GBA/SNES/Genesis (hopefully) games on it? Or do I just wait for Virtual Console to go into effect?
  36. Gabora

    Gabora Member

    Only if they also emulate the problems DOS games had, because those were 50% of the experience lol
  37. #37
    I still ain't trusting Team Xecuter with hardmodding a Switch.
  38. Kyzer

    Kyzer Member

    Focke need a revision to come out so I have more justification to have two switches. My 3DS is currently my favorite classic games system of all time, but the switch with hybrid design might be goat
  39. Jessie

    Jessie Member

    Not gonna lie, I’m excited for Homebrew during EOL.
  40. Maximo

    Maximo Member

    I assume 3.0 switches are impossible to get now?
  41. Hieroph

    Hieroph Member

    Is there any chance of Wii emulation? That would be huge.
  42. #42
    Goddamn I hope they get it working on current software soon. I had already updated my switch when news of the hack first got out.

    I want to emulate on the switch so bad. So many options for emulation don't have the power to do certain systems, or don't have good buttons, and the switch has all that plus an amazing form factor. Fuck. Gba, SNES, PS1, maybe N64. I can't wait for this shit
  43. headspawn

    headspawn Member

    Goddamn, there's a Switch emulator already? What the hell, lol.

    Get team CEMU working on it, please.
  44. KDR_11k

    KDR_11k Member

    The C64 VC didn't have the problems you'd usually have with that system...
  45. BLLYjoe25

    BLLYjoe25 Member

    that's crazy.

    nintendo could've put out VC but if they aren't gonna do it then someone else will. will i don't like pirating i love seeing this happen. it's amazing what people can do.
  46. Fatmanp

    Fatmanp Member

    Watching that first video really annoys me as to why I cannot play my Pokemon Gen 1 and Gen 2 VC games on my switch. Hopefully Nintendo sort this out.
  47. anf

    anf Member

    They are the one building it :D
  48. georaldc

    georaldc Member

    Seeing as how the Nvidia Shield TV's predecessors (eg. Shield Portable) could handle PS1/PSP emulation just fine, I don't see why these platforms would give the X1 hardware, which should be many times more powerful than the Portable's Tegra 4, a tough time.
  49. #49
    Well, the onus is on Nintendo to make these games accessible the official way, and they haven't done that. Grateful for the work that's being done here, but damn if it isn't a huge bummer that it takes homebrew to get these games running on Switch at all.
  50. rzmunch

    rzmunch Member

    Maybe this is true in the EU/Na, but in South America I think there will be more software sold withouth piracy.
    In the end, the problem are prices, nowadays with digital shop you can reduce the price for a country and region, and that really helps.