Hackers successfully emulate Nintendo 64 games on Switch

Don't expect to be able to play these anytime soon unless you mod your device

Posted by Ashley King on July 6, 2018

A few days ago, we reported on a hardware mod for the Nintendo Switch that makes it possible to gain access to the Switch's firmware for the purposes of emulation and homebrew. Now it appears as though Switch hackers have taken that a step further and have successfully emulated the Nintendo 64 on Switch. A handful of games were tried including Kirby 64, Super Mario 64, and Pokemon Stadium 2. All three games seem to perform well on the console without any choppiness.

Fans have been asking Nintendo since the Switch reveal when we'll get a virtual console-like experience on the Nintendo Switch. Thus is further evidence that the Switch is entirely capable of playing this stable of old games, but Reggie has admitted that Nintendo's upcoming online service will replace the virtual console offering that was available on the Wii and Wii U. There are scant details on how this operation will work and how games will be rotated monthly, but it's nice to see that Nintendo 64 games can at least hold their own on the system.

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