Nintendo Switch launched last year but the console’s security is already at risk with an alleged hack that can allow users to run a custom firmware on it. The ability to run homebrew on a hardware means that it will be now possible for developers to reverse engineer the hardware, and it is made further easy with the Nintendo Switch architecture having based on Nvidia Tegra hardware.
Citra is the one and only functional Nintendo 3DS emulator that made some waves back in 2016 for its ability to play Nintendo 3DS games, however it still hasn’t reached a state where most of these games can be played. Now some of the developers who were behind Citra have decided to shift on Nintendo Switch and announced Yuzu, a brand new emulator that is currently in experimental stage.
As the official FAQ explains, this emulator can’t really play Nintendo Switch games, and the open source nature of the project means that developers who are interested in working on reverse engineering the Nintendo Switch hardware can work on it and add their contribution to the project. It will be interesting to see how far the project can go since emulation is a complicated subject matter.
Nintendo has a long history with emulation as almost everyone of their hardware has been emulated to some degree. The most recent success that the developers had was with Nintendo Wii U by letting users emulate The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in 4K and 60 FPS on PC.