Release: Nintendo Switch Homebrew Launcher for firmware 3.0.0
As promised, with only a few days of delay, developer Plutoo has released a Homebrew Launcher for the Nintendo Switch.
Who can use the Switch Homebrew Launcher?
The Homebrew Launcher is currently only compatible with firmware 3.0.0. If you are on a firmware lower than 3.0.0, you’ll want to update your console to firmware 3.0.0. The recommended way to do this is to get a copy of Pokken Tournament DX, which ships with firmware 3.0.0 (a few reports state that some recent copies of the game ship with firmware 3.0.1, you don’t want to upgrade to 3.0.1 so be careful).
Arguably, if you’re on firmware 1.0.0, some hackers have been recommending to stay there and not upgrade, even to 3.0.0 which seems to be the golden firmware right now. It is unclear however if this homebrew launcher will ever be ported to lower firmwares, let alone 1.0.0.
Last but not least, if you’re on firmware 3.0.1 or above, you’ll have to wait. There’s some good hope for you though, with the recent announces of some unpatchable Tegra Exploits, and SciresM’s 4.1.0 Trustzune exploit.
Switch Homebrew Launcher. How to install and Run
The Homebrew Launcher comes with an extensive FAQ, we’ll reproduce below the part on how to install and run.
- Download latest nx-hbmenu.
- Put the hbmenu.nro on the root of your sdcard.
- Insert the sdcard into the device.
- Set your Switch DNS server to 188.8.131.52, and perform a connection test.
- Click “Install”. If you see 2000-1337 on your screen it means installation succeeded.
- Restart the device, and perform a new connection test.
- Click “Run”. The exploit is finished when there’s a popup asking you to exit.
- Go to the home menu and click the Album icon.
What can I do with the Homebrew Launcher Today?
As of now, there’s not that many homebrews for the Nintendo Switch. The Switchbrew wiki has a page of homebrews that is desperately empty for now. However we know for a fact that a few homebrews such as a doom port for Switch exist. Maybe it’s just a matter of the switchbrew wiki being filled. The hackers point to a tutorial where you can learn how to make your own homebrew with libnx, as well as a few samples.
Last but not least, the hackers explain that this is not a Kernel Exploit. Ultimately they intend to upgrade the launcher to work with kernel hacks.
Credits for the launcher go to yellows8, plutoo, ReSwitched team, and devkitpro. Also mentioned are a long list of hackers who helped, you’ll probably recognize a lot of these: WntrMute, shinyquag, misson20000, fincs, TuxSH, hexkyz, SciresM, mtheall, naehrwert, thexyz, derrek, kgsws, hthh, Daeken, shufol3, nedwill, smea, st4rk, andoma, Maschell, Normmatt.
Download Homebrew Launcher for Nintendo Switch 3.0.0