Switch: Are Nintendo really banning hack enthusiasts?


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38 Responses

  1. a7mag3ddon says:

    Perhaps if they hadn’t of been shouting off on Twitter they wouldn’t have been BANNED, I use my console online and regularly use pFBA and Outrun using the joycon hack and I’m not banned. But then I didn’t boast about it all over the place.

    • Stevorkz says:

      Perhaps read articles before commenting? These guys tinker and crash their devices all the time mostly intentionally, with intent to hack and learn about the inner workings. One of these crashes must have contained info that helped Nintendo come to a conclusion that the device had been tampered with. This has nothing to do with twitter.

    • Begbie says:

      You do realise that Nintendo only banned them based from from the crash reports, not from reading Twitter… How would Nintendo know which Switch is SciresM’s? Lol…

    • Albert C says:

      Showing off on Twitter means NOTHING! There would be no correlation between them gloating on Twitter to them getting banned……c’mon now! Getting a ban can happen at ANY time you’d least expect it. It only happened to them, because it already states that they were tinkerers of their system and probably raised a few red flags to that outcome. Showing off on social media means nothing to getting a console ban.

    • Unreal__ says:

      Your posts make me cringe for you. Go learn something.

    • Spaarks says:

      I agree. Its been a race which hacker group does it first. Of course social media plays a big role there. I wouldnt worrie too much on end user side though since we only hack our consoles once ^^ not 10 – 20 times depenting on testing of course. lol

  2. graphicsdriver says:

    Nintendo is just delaying the inevitable. Once the switch gets fully cracked and able to run games from ISOs, there will be zero reasons to ever use their online services.

    • bobrocks says:

      Uhh, what about playing multiplayer games online?

      • trololo says:

        *** you don’t deserve online once you put questionable contents into your console

      • Richard says:

        You could probably establish unofficial servers for the majority of games.

        • bobrocks says:

          That’s a lot of work to avoid spending a whole $20 a year to set up a tiny player pool where matches will be harder to find

        • DvdXploitr says:

          I could only imagine the mess that Splatoon 2 would be if people played on unofficial servers…it would be a cheaters playground!

      • Pinkerton says:

        Like what? Splatoon or Arms? No one cares. All the best games are singleplayer like Odyssey and Zelda.

        • bobrocks says:

          Ah, sorry, forgot that nobody cares about the 4th best-selling Switch title (Splatoon 2) at over 6 million copies…

    • BlumCoLe says:


    • fewhufeuwihfui says:

      Can’t wait to dump gamecarts to ISO files.

  3. Goober says:

    The title of this article is somewhat sensationalist. Two people who have admitted to hacking thier consoles are not banned for being hack enthusiasts, they are people who got banned for hacking the console. When you have an online service, this is going to happen if you don’t take precautions.

    It doesn’t matter what kind of website you are. Don’t mess with the console if you don’t want to risk a ban. Most of us are willing.

  4. Albert C says:

    Dump your NAND people, this will only help in the future.

    • Cypherous says:

      Dumping your NAND isn’t really going to help at all, your console ID will remain the same and its unlikely that you can restore a NAND backup from one console on to another due to things like the per console key, while a backup will be helpful, it won’t help in cases like this

  5. pottsork21 says:

    I was extreamly lucky to find a switch at my local mediamarkt that was a release unit, it came with version 1.0.0 so
    I deleted all of my hacked files from my 4.1.0 main switch before update it to the 5.0.2. Im now playing hyrule wariors on one and pokemon emerald on the other

  6. Herr.Fuchs says:

    ” Hadn’t of ….” What does that mean, it makes no sense. And I bet your English is native..
    Also, just to point out. You are exactly doing what you at critiquing – blabing about hacking exploits on a public forum.
    At least you didn’t write “First” as well.
    Have a good day

  7. SomeDoofus says:

    Too bad they can’t ban Nintendo fanboyism. That would rock!

  8. Thrawn says:

    Actually it does not really matter if Nintendo bans users who tehtered their devices, because in some months ninty will launch their paid online service.
    So ninty is shooting themselves in their foot, its redundant to ban hacked consoles. A hacker/pirate would never use the PAID online service (only some cod kiddos do that, pirate the game to play online and cheat, getting caught in the process).
    And with this ban, you’re only banned from playing online, not from accessing the eshop to download and install ***.
    I solely bought a switch for hacking (pirating) reasons, I can care less about that ban.

  9. Arifin Sutanto says:

    Ini have my switch have been ban recently. I don’t know why ive been banned. Iam not hack my switch nor install any mod. Its look like Nintendo doing a wrong ban. FYI im live in Indonesia and i have used switch on region america. And now im sad that i cannot play online anymore.

    • Will says:

      To Arifin,
      Oh.. that’s a bad news..
      Just wondering if you bought the console or any games second hand? The last owner of console might just sx hacked before. Or the last owner of the game might backed up his game and play the copy online.. these two way could definitely get your switch banned..

  10. VX says:

    @Thrawn there are different ban levels. The ban talked about in this article will not allow you to access eShop, more then an online game ban.

    Use only Sys NAND for online and CFW for off. Only option is make dumps of both and switch between both. It’s not rocket science and works.

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