Nintendo Switch Firmware 3.0.0 Hacked, Homebrew Reportedly Coming Soon

Gwen Vasquez
January 3, 2018

Amazon placeholders hint at an upcoming Nintendo Direct that may see more than 16 games unveiled.

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According to the German convention, Nintendo has done a good job in its security system, but the weak point of Switch is the NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip which, being well known and documented, has allowed hackers to exploit a backdoor.

With no core Mario or Zelda title planned for the foreseeable future, Nintendo will have to rely on its other intellectual properties and third-party titles to carry it through next year. If the games listed by Amazon are to be announced soon, there is no doubt they will be shown at the upcoming Nintendo Direct. Amazon has released its list of the best-selling games from 2017, and Nintendo managed to take seven of the top 10 spots. The Switch has been a great home for indie titles as well, so more games from smaller developers are likely to come up at a Nintendo presentation. And the sales numbers dwarf an initial forecast from gaming market research firm SuperData Research, which predicted just before its release that the Switch would sell five million units by the end of 2017. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was Digital Trends' game of the year in 2017, and we also loved Super Mario Odyssey and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for their innovative takes on the Mario formula. But it's worth noting the exploit and subsequent homebrew will only work on Switch consoles running firmware version 3.0.0. And when you have a platform that is in the hands of kids and families then it opens up new opportunities for any game developers to access new markets.

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