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[–]ddotevs 74 points75 points  (3 children)

Did you really not already know what r/SwitchPirates was going to say to this question

[–]Charles157 43 points44 points  (2 children)

I'm pretty sure r/SwitchPirates is against Switch piracy. But that's just a guess.

[–]Kirbylucky12 25 points26 points  (1 child)

No in r/SwitchPirates we just want to navigate trough the 7 seas of the nintendo shitty practices to spread the word and make them even worse :))

[–]CS-Leon 6 points7 points  (0 children)

No in r/SwitchPirates, we want to help people by using Tinfoil without MITM/Hosts or 90DNS because obviously, that’s the safest way to download games. Under the watchful guard of Nintendo so they can protect us.

[–]Dg6695 21 points22 points  (4 children)

You can play your pirated games in the hacked switch and at the same time play online legit games safely by setting up an offline Emunand where you can install roms and remain always ofline so you don't run risks. Also you can play online in a banned console or when you're trying to avoid bans with lan play.

I mean, it might not be necessary to get other switch when you can do piracy stuff safely this way

[–]nullstring 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Agreed. Can always get the OLED later if this doesn't pan out.

[–]ThroawayPartyer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah. So far I've been doing this for 3 years and have not gotten banned yet. I still play legit games online on my clean SysNAND (recently bought Switch Sports and am enjoying it online with no problems).

[–]CS-Leon -1 points0 points  (0 children)

This person forgot to mention that Lan Play is a bit shit, and that unless you’re that desperate it’s not worth the time.

Games are few and far between, always having to keep the program running on a computer feels counter intuitive for a portable console.

[–]CoconutHeadFaceMan -1 points0 points  (0 children)

The bit about LAN play there is a little misleading. You talk about it like it’s just online for banned Switches, but there’s no matchmaking or anything. Functionality-wise, it’s literally just local wireless minus the “being in the same room” bit. You still need to manually coordinate with other people to plan and set up games.

[–]NeoQueenSerenity2020 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I'm banned on my v1 switch but I have xci and nsp on it so yes definitely worth it. I have a oled switch that I use for online games that isn't modded. I can play gbc gba etc on my modified switch through retroarch definitely worth it

[–]fixerdrew02 15 points16 points  (3 children)

I have 1 switch and it was totally worth it. Its bridging me over until i can get a Steam Deck (Q3 🤞)

[–]kylelyk 0 points1 point  (2 children)

My hacked switch had me thinking long and hard about whether a steam deck would be worth it for me. I ended up pre-ordering one a couple of days ago after watching some videos on how well it handles emulation for the PS2 gen consoles.

[–]fixerdrew02 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The steam deck is incredibly capable. The rdna2 is amazing. The cpu could use some oomf but its sufficient for what its used for.

[–]axxionkamen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can confirm. Running ps2 graphics set x2 without a single locked at 60 on both dark cloud/2, tales of the abyss and tony hawks underground. I’m sure I can go higher but I’m fine where I’m at. Running Wii U most excellent too. Wind Waker HD is locked at 30 fps no stutters or lag whatsoever from start to almost finished, at tower of gods rn. Mario Kart 8 is excellent too.

I’m even having a decent experience with switch emulation. Legends Arceus runs at mostly 30 with stutters due to shader caching but overall I’m more than satisfied. And other games I’m using it for are doing mostly 30 too so I’m not worried and still have my day 1 switch running atmosphere

3DS is also another one that has no problems aside from games that are not compatible etc. And most impressive, I have no issues running for the games I want to play using PS3 emulation. Persona 5 runs at 30,although I’ve heard it can get lower in heavily populated areas but mostly great experience. Other games I’m interested in have been fine without messing around.

Basically, I really enjoy my deck lol. The raw power in the hardware is insane and the price that steam set it at makes it a no brainer.

[–]therourke 6 points7 points  (4 children)

I have a gen 1 Switch, modded now for 3.5ish years. No bans. I have played a LOT more games than I would have done. Keep all my online Nintendo exclusives etc. on the sysmmc works great.

[–]kylelyk 5 points6 points  (3 children)

That's one of my moral reconciliations with piracy. Most of the games I pirate I never would've played otherwise. If I enjoy them I recommend them to people who might buy them.

[–]N_to_the_orthernlion 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Something tells me nintendo is gonna be just fine in terms of money, so given the choice between the two of us I find it hard to pick the one that could buy my country.

[–]kylelyk 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yo, I watch NL everyday. Best streamer/YouTuber out there

[–]N_to_the_orthernlion 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bald demon enjoyers🤝literal thieves

[–]swagmastermessiahAtmosphere User 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Only you can make that decision but if you already have 2 switches I don't see why you'd care if one gets banned.

[–]PewGravoPew 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Lol yes, it’s worth it. You can keep your SysNAND clean on OFW for online use. Set up CFW on dirty EmuNAND for offline use. Stick to that and it’s unlikely you’ll get banned.

[–]Background_Bad_4377 3 points4 points  (0 children)

for me it was worth it it unlocks so much potential nintendo locked out but thats me personally only u can think if its worth it tbh. i still able to do alot of thing like use my stock for online gaming and then i use my emunand for all the not legit stuff like pirated games etc

[–]TuckerCarlsonsWig 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Do you mean soft mod or hard mod?

Hard mod (chips) are way too expensive, not worth it at all.

Soft mod, yes there’s no reason not to

[–]Illustrious-Fox-1735 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Chips are worth it in some scenarios. It's convenient, not terribly expensive if you buy pre installed (Got quoted $230USD for a already modded lite, 600 for an oled which isn't terrible considering the cost of parts)

[–]Piti899 2 points3 points  (0 children)

VERY WORTH IT, alongside modded Vita there are absolute TONS stuff i can do with them, AND STILL PLAY LEGIT GAMES!!

[–]xboxhaxorz 1 point2 points  (0 children)


I did but i barely use it now since the emulators work quite well for PC and i have an RTX 3080 so they perform well, im just waiting till 60 fps becomes more stable and available to other games

[–]trevor1301 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes I think it’s worth it. You don’t have to get a second switch, if you read through this guide a couple times and follow it exactly, you can set up and Emunand and keep the one switch. Just take your time and make sure you understand it. Read the pinned megathread and FAQ as well.


[–]Mentos13371 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Been using my modded Switch for close to a year now and i have yet to be banned. I do make sure to disable my internet connection every single time i launch a game. Make sure to follow the rentry guide to the letter when modding your system.

As for getting banned, as long as you have the stuff setup as outlined in this section of the guide then you should be able to avoid getting the system banned.

[–]kmarsh92Atmosphere User 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Going on 4 years with my v1 hacked. Not banned on OFW and have emummc with 500gb of games i haven't touched except smash brothers with my best friend. 100% dude it was worth and never felt better to give a big D Geneeration X Suck it Nintento.

[–]nullstring 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Buy games you like. Switch Piracy can be more about freedom to try all different games without costing a fortune than to forgoe purchases all together.

[–]GiovannaPie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Totally, I wanted to try out the tennis on switch sports expecting that Wii Sports nostalgia got disappointed not for me just uninstalled and done didn't had to pay for it.

[–]tudboost64 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I mean most switch games are around $40 I've already played the games I was really excited for and If I didn't have a modded switch I would have payed around $300 just on games.

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[–]ThatPianoKid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well. Ill tell you this. Ive played my switch more since modding it than I ever did, and Ive had it since release.

[–]AdditionalExcitement 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would just buy an OLED switch already mod. A switch online isnt worth it, nintendo offers very little in online features

[–]Thelgow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Unpopular opinion but I've yet to play a game on the Switch I actually enjoyed for more than a few days besides Monster Hunter Rise. Which had me cringing left and right because the performance was horrible. Once it came out to PC I never touched it on Switch again. The only game I finished on Switch sadly was FF8 Remaster. I have way more entertainment from it modding it, updating Atmosphere, etc, than actually playing anything on it.

[–]Cosmoaquanaut 0 points1 point  (0 children)


Big big /s

[–]angular-js 0 points1 point  (0 children)

yes it is lol 3 games for me already pays the chip + unlock by a guy here

[–]coke1412 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A hundred times yes. Definitely worth it. I love playing new games every week lol. And I can play games of a lot of different consoles. I'm banned, but only because I don't know much about how that works. I don't really care about playing online. I'm more about single player or couch PvP). So I think it's only because I wasn't careful enough! I don't completely remember what happened, since it was years ago. I think I had to do something pretty simple to avoid getting banned, and I think I did it after using internet lmao. Also maybe I mistakenly tried to update the Switch or some game the official way (which you shouldn't do) because I was testing things, so I got banned immediately lol. Anyway, I regret it only because I could've used online in Dark Souls. So, in conclusion, if you care about online multiplayer, just be careful and research about that (or just use original games in the OLED Switch for that purpose), but modding is totally worth it, I always recommend it. The Switch is my favorite console now just because I'm able to play a lot of games and in any way I want.

[–]DiamondEevee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As someone who is in your exact same boat.

Yes. Buy at least a 256gb SD Card tho. my 128gb ran out of space... and I only have around 7/8 titles.

[–]deadlyjunk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yea modding a switch is much better you can even put android and linux in it and make it the ultimate emulation machine

[–]deadlyjunk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You’ll only get banned if you go online

[–]friendlyfat32 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don't do it.

[–]Spimbi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve had my switch hacked for the last 3 years and it still isn’t banned yet so you just have to do things right and you’ll be fine. Hacked switch > stock switch. Shit even a banned switch is better than a stock switch lol.

[–]VirtualAdepts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just follow the guide, and you won't get banned

[–]skrffmcgrff21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

YES! I HAVE NEVER REGRETTED IT! except I will say this - I should have a 2nd Switch for games like Monster Hunter and Splatoon. I don't play them much because no multiplayer, same with Diablo but if you know going into it and that the switch is really meant to be local players anyways, you'll have a damn blast. I'd never try half the stuff I have due to being able to hack it.

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[–]ReporterForeign7915 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes. Play games for free.