Nintendo Switch emulator: Avoid like Bob-omb. It’s a scam, feds say

Don’t slip on this banana peel, federal officials say — there is no Nintendo Switch “emulator” to run Switch games on your desktop.


“It’s a scam,” says the Federal Trade Commission.

Online ads may come with Nintendo branding, but when you try to download an emulator, it can install nasty things like phony computer problems and a pitch to get you to pay to fix it, officials say.

Also, don’t fill out a survey that you must complete to get a code to unlock the emulator. It’s fake, according to the FTC.

If you find a scam, report it to the FTC.

“Play Nintendo Switch at your friend’s house until you’re able to buy the real one yourself,” an FTC advisory says.


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