Emulators on Switch

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Nintendo Switch
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The Switch in its two forms, portable (above) and docked (below).
Developer Nintendo
Type Hybrid video game console
Generation Eighth generation
Release date 2017
Predecessor Wii U
Emulated

Since the Nintendo Switch was hacked early in its launch, there has been a lot of interest for emulators due to the Switch's portability. These emulators will only work on Switches with CFW on them, i.e. Switch consoles susceptible to the Tegra hardware exploit. For more information and guides on how to homebrew your Switch, or if you even can, visit r/SwitchHacks.

Multi-Systems[edit]

RetroArch[edit]

Stable

Nightly

GitHub

Switch RetroArch Cores

RetroArch BIOS/ROMs

Available cores
Cores Game/System list Recommended Working?
PPSSPP PlayStation Portable
PCSX ReARMed PlayStation 1
DeSmuME DS
MelonDS
Gambatte GameBoy/GameBoy Color
Gearboy
TGB Dual
mGBA GameBoy Advance
VBA Next
FCEUmm NES/FDS
Nestopia
QuickNES
Mesen
Mupen64Plus N64
PokeMini Pokemon Mini
Snes9x 2010 & Current SNES
Bsnes
bsnes-hd
Mesen S
Beetle VB Virtual Boy
MAME 2000, 2003, 2003 Plus
FBAlpha Arcade
Neko Project II Kai PC9801
Beetle PCE FAST PCE/PCE CD
Beetle PC-FX PC-FX
Beetle SGX SuperGrafx
Flycast Dreamcast
GearSystem MasterSystem/GameGear
Genesis Plus GX MasterSystem/GameGear/MegaDrive/Genesis/CD
PicoDrive MasterSystem/GameGear/MegaDrive/Genesis/CD/32X
Yabause Saturn
4DO 3DO
P-UAE Amiga Series
Beetle WonderSwan [Cygne] WonderSwan/Color
DOSBox MS-DOS
Vecx Vectrex
O2EM Odyssey2 / Phillips Videopac+
FreeIntv Intellivision
fMSX MSX
NeoCD Neo Geo CD
Mu Palm OS
EasyRPG RPG Maker 2000/2003
PX68k Sharp X68000
ScummVM point-and-click adventure game engine
EightyOne Sinclair - ZX 81
Beetle Neo Geo Pocket [NGP] Neo Geo Pocket / Color
Theodore TO8D
FUSE ZX Spectrum
Caprice32 CPC/CPC464
CrocoDS
Stella Atari 2600
ProSystem Atari 7800
Beetle Handy Atari Lynx
Virtual Jaguar Atari Jaguar
VICE C64
MrBoom Bomberman
NXEngine Cave Story
OpenBOR Open BOR Game Engine
PrBoom Doom
Reminiscence Flashback Game Engine
GW Game & Watch
Cannonball OutRun
TyrQuake Quake
XRick Rick Dangerous
OpenLara Tomb Raider

Streaming[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
Moonlight-NX git Mid ~

Nintendo[edit]

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
Citra POC ? ? ?

Nintendo 64[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
GlideN64 3.0 ? Mid

Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
pNES (based on Nestopia) git Mid
LaiNES git Mid ~
NoiES git Mid ~
NES - Nintendo Switch Online Service ? Mid

Super Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
pSNES git Mid
SNES - Nintendo Switch Online Service ? Mid

Gameboy/GameBoy Color[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
khedgb Update 7 Low ~

Gameboy Advance[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
mGBA 0.9.2git Mid
VBA-Next git Mid ~
gdkGBA git Low
Switch-gba git Low ?
VBA-M NX git Low ?

Nintendo DS[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active DSi Accuracy Recommended
melonDS (fork of melonDS) git ~ Mid ~
NooDS git Mid (WIP)
DeSmuME-NX git Low

Game & Watch[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
MADrigal Switch 10-05-2020 Mid

Atari[edit]

Atari 130 / 800 / 5200[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
Atari800-switch git Mid ~

SEGA[edit]

Saturn[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
Yaba Sanshiro 2.2.0 Mid ~

Dreamcast[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
reicast Alpha Mid ~
Flycast CI Builds Mid

Sony[edit]

Playstation 1[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
PCSX-ReARMed git Low

Playstation Portable[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
PPSSPP 1.9.3+ High

Arcade[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
pFBN git Mid
MAME-NX (based on MAME 0.72) git Mid ~

Commodore[edit]

Amiga[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
UAE4All2 git Mid

SNK Play more[edit]

Neo Geo Pocket/Color[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
Neopop-SDL git Mid ~

Chip8[edit]

Chip8[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
Chip8-NX git Mid ~

Microsoft[edit]

Intel CPUs[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
DOSBox-switch git Mid ~
Bochs git Low

Not Really Emulators[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
LineageOS 15.1 Mid
L4T Ubuntu 3.3.0 Mid
LineageOS 15.1 for Nintendo Switch

Not technically an "emulator", it allows your Switch to function as an Android tablet. It's based off the Nvidia Shield TV build of LineageOS, since they both use the same system-on-chip, and runs Android 8.1 Oreo. Its most notable feature is the ability to work both in handheld and docked mode and using the Joycons as a Bluetooth controller (though not all apps may detect them correctly).

L4T Ubuntu

like LineageOS, this is not technically an "emulator". Instead, it runs a version of Ubuntu on the switch.With these, it is possible to run a lot of emulators on these systems. Play! has had some success with playing PS2 games on L4T Ubuntu, albeit at around 10 FPS. On Android, some notable emulators are DraStic, Dolphin, and Citra.

Source ports[edit]

Multi game engine[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Libretro Core Active Recommended Supported game(s)
ScummVM 2.2.0 Adventure games and RPGs (LucasArts, Sierra, Activision, Humongous & more. Over 250 games.)
OpenBOR git OpenBOR Pak Mods
EasyRPG 0.6.2.3 RPG Maker 2000/2003 games
Commander Genius 2.6.3.1 Commander Keen in Invasion of the Vorticons, Commander Keen in Keen Dreams, Commander Keen in Goodbye Galaxy, Commander Keen in Aliens Ate My Babysitter

Single game engine[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Libretro Core Active Recommended Supported game(s)
OpenMW (Unofficial) git ~ The Elder Scrolls III : Morrowind
Fheroes2 git ~ Heroes of Might and Magic II
DevilutionX git Diablo
Julius
Augustus (Gameplay changes)
git
git
Caesar III
ONScripter-jh git Visual Novel

See also[edit]