Guides & FAQ

Hackable Consoles

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is a video game console developed by Nintendo, released worldwide in most regions on March 3, 2017. It is a hybrid console that can be used as a home console and portable device.

Nintendo Mini

The Nintendo NES and SNES mini are consoles released with a selection of games from their generation through emulation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Switch | What is Custom Firmware?

Custom Firmware is a modified version of the official firmware that provides more features and unlocks other functionalities. When booted in Custom Firmware it enables the user to install and run homebrew applications.

What is RCM Mode?

It was discovered that 1st generation Switch models could be exploited into Maintenance Mode. This hack was called Fusée Gelée and allows users to inject a payload. The vulnerability in the Tegra hardware could not be patched with future software updates therefor a hardware revision of the console was Launched in July 2018.

Do I need to make a NAND Backup?

YES!  You should always create a complete NAND backup. This is very important if something should go wrong. We have dedicated a special section in our guides to it.

Can I use a 32GB SD Card?

An SD Card of at least 32GB is recommended (required) if you want to run Custom Firmware like Atmosphère or SX OS.

Can I Switch to a bigger SD Card later?

Yes, just make copy and paste all the files from the old card to the new one.

Will Nintendo ban my online account?

Yes! Nintendo has stepped up it’s security and can easily detect if you are running unsigned code. They will not hesitate to ban you when using illegal backups, etc. 

Will Nintendo ban my console?

Again. Nintendo has stepped up it’s security and can easily detect if you are running unsigned code. They will not hesitate to ban you when using illegal backups online, etc.

What firmware should I stay on? What are eFuses?

If you have the patience to wait for a cold boot exploit it is recommended to stay on a firmware as low as possible. However you can update (and later downgrade) with ChoiDujourNX without burning eFuses. AutoRCM needs to be enabled in order for the console to not burn fuses after installing a firmware update. eFuses are an anti downgrade measure by Nintendo. Each official firmware updates burns a number of fuses. This prevents the Switch from booting if more fuses are burnt on a lower firmware. This will prevent the Switch from booting after detecting a downgrade.

What can I do if I have a patched or Lite console?

Team Xecuter has released hardware that allows users with a Mariko or Lite switch to hack the console. Currently it is possible to pre order an SX Core or SX Lite, however for the soldering we recommend you ask a professional. 

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