The story of Nintendo Switch homebrew has been full of surprises, chief among them being a major exploit discovered on all launch (and then some) units that couldn’t be fixed on a software level. While more recent Nintendo Switch units have seen that issue addressed, that hasn’t stopped the homebrew scene from exploding for those millions of earlier consoles. Now, popular emulator suite RetroArch is running on the platform, bring a ton of emulation possibility to the handheld/console hybrid.
RetroArch isn’t the easiest emulation platform to set up, but it is one of the most versatile, allowing users to boot multiple consoles from the same software. With this, the Switch will be capable of running all kinds of games, from the NES all the way up to possibly even the Dreamcast.
If you want to get this going for yourself, there are a few caveats to keep in mind. This stuff is all still in development, so it’s complicated and runs the risk of bricking your Switch. Nintendo is also aggressively fighting emulation. If you’re not careful you can get your legitimate Nintendo Account banned while you’re messing around with homebrew.