Nintendo Switch Hacking News: Firmware 6.2.0 cracked; hactool updated for it AND Super Smash Bros Ultimate dump in the wild that BRICKS your console if you didn’t take precautions
If this Black Friday you bought a Nintendo Switch, which is hopefully vulnerable to fusee gelee, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s ample interest in the Nintendo Switch hacking scene. As a result, hackers have already cracked FW 6.2.0 and dumped keys; however, there are also some things to be wary about if you’re into the darker realms of Switch hacking…
Firmware 6.2.0 cracked and hactool updated for it
5 days ago, Nintendo Switch FW 6.2.0 dropped with some major changes in the system key generation mechanism.
The primary effect of this change was that of breaking CFW compatibility with this new firmware… that is until somebody managed to crack the keys.
Fast forwarding a few days, we were greeted by a tweet from motezazer which told us that the new key generation mechanism got cracked. Furthermore, this tweet also included the keys themselves which motezazer was able to extract with the help of SciresM.
While this is all good news, it’s important to note that you SHOULD NOT upgrade to FW 6.2.0 just yet if you want CFW. This is because no CFWs have been updated for FW 6.2.0 as of writing this article and newer firmwares may manage to other break things.
On another note, hactool has been updated to version 1.2.2 which adds support for firmware 6.2.0 key generation.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate dump that BRICKS your Switch now in the wild
A short while ago, word spread that some Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu dump managed to mess up your Nintendo Switch’s NAND and this resulted in a brick. However, this was only a soft brick because you could revive your Nintendo Switch IF you had previously done a NAND backup which is something that all people hacking their Switch should do!
Now, yet another dump that soft bricks your console is out in the wild and this time, it’s for Super Smash Bros Ultimate which is a game that’s been leaked ahead of its December 7 release date. As a result, it is important to avoid downloading a SSBU dump from unverified sources even if you can’t resist the urge of getting it legally when it’s publicly released (even though you shouldn’t pirate it to begin with).
Hopefully, this news article brings to light two important things which some people still need to learn. The first is that of not installing firmware updates before word is released on whether they’re hackable or not EVEN if your console is hacked at the hardware level. The other is that of NOT getting dumps from unconfirmed sources if you go down the illegitimate gaming route because similar things also happened in the PSVita scene.
That being said, piracy is something that you should not engage both for moral/legal reasons and sometimes, for your console’s health!