The US Trade Commission Issues a Warning Regarding Nintendo Switch Emulator Usage

The FTC, or the United States Federal Trade Commission, has officially issued their warning in an effort to protect gamers from “scams” that using certain emulators can make available. The FTC made an official warning on their website in an urgent message to players wanting Nintendo’s latest console experience asking them to “think again” when considering playing with a Nintendo Switch emulator. Below is the message direct from the website:

If you can’t get your hands on a Nintendo Switch gaming system, you may think an emulator is the next best thing. Think again. Online ads for emulators, sometimes with Nintendo branding, say they can run Switch’s games on your desktop. But there is no legit Nintendo Switch emulator. It’s a scam.”

The use of emulators is nothing new and does offer a way for players to experience what Switch owners experience. This offer is even more tempting given the short supply that the gaming giant seems to have of anything in their market, up to and including their consoles. Because supplies are incredibly limited, Nintendo fans are turning to other means to get their fix, but the Division of Consumer and Business Education urges gamers to be cautious in their patience.

Even worse, when you try to download a Nintendo Switch emulator, you can install unwanted applications on your computer. These apps give you misleading information about computer problems that aren’t really there, then ask you to pay to fix them. Other times, when you go to an emulator site, you get a link to a survey that you must complete to get a code to unlock the emulator. Again, the emulator doesn’t really exist. Don’t give personal information and don’t sign up for anything requiring your credit card information. You’re still not getting an emulator.

The FTC does offer a few tips on how to avoid scams, however:

  • Don’t download anything that says it’s a Nintendo Switch emulator.
  • Don’t complete a survey to get an “unlock code.” That’s a red flag for a scam.
  • Keep your security software current. Set it to update automatically. Installing unknown programs can lead to malware.
  • Play Nintendo Switch at your friend’s house until you’re able to buy the real one yourself.

So be strong and clear (Mass Effect reference, anyone?) when looking into emulator alternatives for the Nintendo Switch. If you have fallen victim to a scam already, make sure to report it directly to the FTC so they can take care of it for you. For more updates on Nintendo and everything else gaming related, make sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live updates 24/7! Make sure to also check out the Wii U emulator for the Breath of the Wild experience on PC, speaking of emulators.

Liana Ruppert578 Posts

With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Mass Effect, Liana has been an avid collector of gaming and comic memorabilia for well over two decades. With a passion for writing, gaming, and comics - she is currently working as Editor-in-Chief for the revival of Prima Games, with previous managing editor experience with several gaming publications including, The Hollywood Reporter, TwinGalaxies, and other outlets. She is also the Co-Owner and Managing Editor for DFTG. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, as well as several Facebook communities online.


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