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 ~

Intel CPUs[edit]

Name Latest Version 8086*¹ 286 386*² 486*³ Pentium*⁴ Pentium II*⁵ Celeron*⁶ Pentium III*⁷ Pentium 4*⁸ FLOSS Active Recommended
UniPCemu itch.io ?

*¹8086 emulation includes the 8088 CPU. *²386 emulation includes the SX and SL. *³486 emulation includes variants. *⁴Pentium emulation includes variants. *⁵Pentium II emulation includes variants. *⁶Celeron emulation includes variants. *⁷Pentium III emulation includes variants. *⁸Pentium 4 emulation includes variants.

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

NES[edit]

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

SNES[edit]

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

Gameboy / Color[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
PlutoBoy git Mid
khedgb Update 7 Low ~

Gameboy Advance[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
mGBA 0.9.3git 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 Buildsgit Mid

Sony[edit]

Playstation[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

PS Vita[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Accuracy Recommended
Vita2hos git ?

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]

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

Microsoft[edit]

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

Alternate Operating Systems[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
Switchroot Android 17.1
Switchroot Linux Various
Lakka 4.2

Switchroot Android[edit]

A build of Android 10 "Q" for the Switch, based on Lineage OS 17.1. Since it shares the same Nvidia Tegra X1 system-on-chip, the build is based off the Nvidia Shield TV build of LineageOS. 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). There is also another build that lets the Switch function as an Android TV box. Many emulators and Android software can run, including DraStic, Dolphin, and Citra.

Switchroot Linux[edit]

Many GNU/Linux distributions are available, including Ubuntu Bionic and Focal, Fedora, and Gentoo. With these, it is possible to run many emulators and software for GNU/Linux on these systems. Play! has had some success with playing PS2 games on Ubuntu, albeit at around 10 FPS.

Source ports[edit]

Multi game engine[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Libretro Core Active Recommended Supported game(s)
ScummVM 2.5.1 Adventure games and RPGs (LucasArts, Sierra, Activision, Humongous & more. Over 250 games.)
OpenBOR git 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)
Action-adventure
Ship of Harkinian git The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (GameCube's N64 debug or PAL version)
Pinball
SpaceCadetPinball git ? 3D Pinball for Windows – Space Cadet
Platform
Cave Story Engine 2 Website
git[N 1]
[N 1] ? Cave Story
NXEngine-evo git ? ? Cave Story
RVM Sonic CD git ? ? Sonic the Hedgehog CD (2011)[N 2]
Sonic 1 and 2 (2013) git ? ? Sonic the Hedgehog 1 (2013)[N 2], Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2013)[N 2]
Sonic 3 A.I.R. (Angel Island Revisited) Website ? ? Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
Sonic CD (2011) git ? ? Sonic the Hedgehog CD (2011)[N 2]
SRB2 Switch git ? ? ? Sonic Robo Blast 2
Racing
SRB2Kart git ? ? ? Sonic Robo Blast 2 Kart
RPG
DevilutionX git Diablo
OpenMW (unofficial) git ~ The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
TBS
Fheroes2 git ~ Heroes of Might and Magic II
Sim - City-building
Julius
Augustus (gameplay changes)
git
git
Caesar III
Visual Novel
ONScripter-jh git Visual Novel
  1. 1.0 1.1 There is also an official Nintendo Switch remake called Cave Story+ with 3D graphics and the most features out of any other existing version (making it the "definitive version") that may be more recommendable depending on the user's preference. Cave Story Engine 2, or CSE2 for short, is a source port of the classic Cave Story by Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya. CSE2 came with a portable version and an enhanced version of the original freeware but in November 2020, the CSE2 source port has received a DMCA cease and desist notice from Nicalis, the current IP owner of Cave Story, and the unofficial Switch port received a DMCA cease and desist as well.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Sega Forever classics version on Android or iOS can also be used.

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