Gamers have been searching for a Nintendo Switch emulator for Android, which even RetroArch fails to emulate at this point in time.
An unlikely Nintendo Switch emulator has popped up in the market that works on the Android phones.
Not so fast, you will NEED a Controller
Unlike a typical emulator that you can download from the Playstore and start rolling, this emulator will need a specific controller to run.
Bylaws, the company behind the obscure and shady emulator, has talked about the controller, which is available on preorder for $99.
You need to connect the 100 bucks controller with your phone to make the emulator work.
Behind the Emulator – The Tech
The Nintendo Switch emulator has borrowed code from the Yuzu emulator, which is licensed under GPLv2. The license does give the authors of the Switch emulators a leeway for modifying the software for use.
However, the emulator Bylaws is proprietary in nature, which may ruffle feathers in the open-source community.
Moreover, the DRM of the app is heavily encrypted to prevent the app from running in a standalone environment without the controller. Much ado about nothing for an app that has “borrowed” code from the popular Nintendo Switch emulator for PC.
Does it work?
A YouTuber who goes by the name of Taki Udon decided to take one for the team and give the shady emulator a try. You will need to create an Account, which is unlike any other emulators we have used and tried in the past.
Furthermore, you will need a phone with a fast processor, such as Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/855+/865/865+ flagship SoCs. Weaker phones can take a backseat for this one.
The company boasts of running over 83 game titles, with 73 being in perfect state, without bugs or crashes. The gaming titles included Animal Crossing: New Horizon, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and many more.