There’s no Nintendo Switch emulator

If you can’t get your hands on a Nintendo Switch gaming system, you may think an emulator is the next best thing. Think again. Online ads for emulators, sometimes with Nintendo branding, say they can run Switch’s games on your desktop. But there is no legit Nintendo Switch emulator. It’s a scam.

Even worse, when you try to download a Nintendo Switch emulator, you can install unwanted applications on your computer. These apps give you misleading information about computer problems that aren’t really there, then ask you to pay to fix them.

Other times, when you go to an emulator site, you get a link to a survey that you must complete to get a code to unlock the emulator. Again, the emulator doesn’t really exist. Don’t give personal information and don’t sign up for anything requiring your credit card information. You’re still not getting an emulator.

What can you do to avoid this scam?

  • Don’t download anything that says it’s a Nintendo Switch emulator.
  • Don’t complete a survey to get an “unlock code.” That’s a red flag for a scam.
  • Keep your security software current. Set it to update automatically. Installing unknown programs can lead to malware.
  • Play Nintendo Switch at your friend’s house until you’re able to buy the real one yourself.

And if you think you’ve been the victim of a scam, report it to the FTC.


how much longer do we have to put up with these scams before you get teeth into the laws that are on the books??????

If they put teeth into existing laws, then those trying to download emulators would be guilty of piracy.

You can't stop people you can't find. They may not know where these people are located, or if what they're doing is considered illegal where they live.

Just be smart and don't fall for such transparent scams. The government isn't made to babysit you and protect you from such foolish decisions such as these.

Yeah, like the "no bamboozle" laws. When you you gonna start implementing those UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT???

Greetings Steddod. The laws aren't the problem, catching the criminal is the problem. They are overseas or layered so deep and the focus of law enforcement is on violent crimes. Although we would prefer neither, I would much rather have a violent criminal off the streets than worry about some cybercriminal poking around the internet. I respectfully say we must be proactive and vigilant and not depend on the government to "save us" from everything malevolent.

Well said

I won't fall for this, since I already am aware of these types of scams, as websites offering GBA games installed malware. It's not limited to the Switch.

It is illegal to obtain a game from a method not authorized by the publisher. I'm only aware of independent publishers that release downloadable ROMs.

You're on the wrong site then if GBA games are giving you malware, GBA emulation is very much a real and non-scam thing. You just need to be more careful.


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