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US Federal Trade Commission warns against Switch emulator scams

You know things are serious when the FTC weighs in. They want you to know that you should stay far, FAR away from any source claiming to have a Switch emulator.

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.

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.

What can you do to avoid this scam?

- 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.

Categories: Top Stories, Consoles
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But there is no legit Nintendo Switch emulator.

......yet ;)

I give it until the end of the year before one crops up. It won't run things very well, if at all, but it'll surface. It's only a matter of time.

But yeah, of any software asks for you fill out a survey, close your browser immediately and clear your cache.

I am very aware about Survey Scams and have been able to properly avoid them, yet I don't exactly understand why they are so dangerous. Can you maybe explain that? As far as I know, you simply fill in information and end up getting nothing or a virus. But I don't see how the survey itself is dangerous, except if you fill in sensitive information of course

Because more often than not, the site you are answering the survey on is malicious and simply using the survey to keep you there long enough for the site to do its work in the background.

Ah, I see. I didn't know that. That makes sense. Thanks

hamr
Tue Apr 18 17 11:49pm
Rating: 1

next you're gonna tell me that the nigerian finance minister doesn't really need my assistance to unfreeze her assets.

"Play Nintendo Switch at your friend's house until you're able to buy the real one yourself."

yes...now THAT'S good advice!

What can you do to avoid this scam?
- 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.

You know what I find funny in this? Like instead of giving tips in this, how about just telling us flat out that DON'T USE EMULATORS?!?!?

Its pure logic that Roms are illegal and distribution of them itself is illegal. So shouldn't they just tell us NOT to use emulators since they are suppose to enforce laws which emulation is one of them?

Because the download and use of an emulator in itself is not illegal, never has been.

Side note: I'm grateful for emulation and ROMs as they allow for game preservation, something that even Nintendo could take more seriously.

Here's the thing I don't get at all...what other uses does an emulator have if its only purpose is to run Roms to begin with?

How can downloading an emulator be legal if its suppose to EMULATE something? That is something that I've never understood at all.

"if its suppose to EMULATE something"

games you legally own. Check how bleem works.

Look, if Emulators were legal, then by that logic, making clone consoles would also be legal since their main job is suppose to emulate the feeling of the hardware.

Its not that simple to make a statement that emulation is legal because unlike bleem which only needs playstation CDs, Nintendo products need Roms which are much harder to dump assuming you don't have that kind of equipment to begin with.

I get it, preservation is only a good thing to help games be maintained but the problem here isn't that. Its about making money and Nintendo will lose opportunity to make money if people steal their stuff for free which whether you like it or not, is a crime.

Atleast Nintendo has made efforts into releasing their older games. How many other companies do you see do the same thing that Nintendo does? SEGA can't even port all their classics on Steam.

no no. They ARE perfectly legal, Sony lost nearly ALL legal battles and there is legal precedent end of story. Check the gaming historian video and you will understand.

Nintendo make half assed efforts to release old games. They STILL release the crappy 50Hz versions over here and while they do seem to change their minds, SOME games are released in 60Hz and others in 50. (this is so bad, we are not even sure which version we will end up having). They ignore games like F Zero climax and THE ROY GAME to name a few (ahem magical vacation) and they expect us to simply wait in order to play those games WHEN the company has nothing on the horizon and uses them as fillers. Sorry but no. We will keep translated versions and we will preserve them better than even nintendo have ever done.

mind you sega have released many of their games on countless compilations. They are FAR cheaper too.

no no. They ARE perfectly legal,

Maybe so but again, its like I said, even then Nintendo systems rely on ROMS which aren't legal.

Nintendo make half assed efforts to release old games.

Depends on what you claim. Personally, I don't give a damn on how much Hz the game runs at so long as I'm able to play it and so long as it plays smoothly. Emulation isn't an easy thing to do as there's more to it than just porting games.

Quite frankly, Nintendo isn't the only one that doesn't do emulation right. SEGA is also one of the victims. Some of their ports to old games on steam are crap even the Mega genesis emulator itself is crappy.

If you're only looking at how bad Nintendo's image has been as of now, then you haven't seen how compared to others, Nintendo is still FAR better.

They ignore games like F Zero climax and THE ROY GAME to name a few

And those games weren't suppose to be meant for localisation. There's a huge difference between not releasing region locked games globally and preserving them. Preserving means keeping games that will never be rereleased forever due to licensing issues such as games like Golden eye or Ori.

Not releasing games globally is a different thing because those games were never meant to be played globally to begin with. And while you can argue that games should be accessible to anyone who wants them, its research that devs need in

And just so you know, they have released the first mother game globally and that alone got a lot of hype. Give it time because porting these games and what not is again, not that simple if you look at the business side of things.

I do agree that they need to release older games more frequently though.

I still don't understand why you're mad at this though. If you truly value people emulating games better than Nintendo that cause Nintendo to lose a LOT of money, then just become a pirate and be one of the victims that cost thousands of workers losing jobs because of people like you.

"don't give a damn on how much Hz the game runs at so long as I'm able to play it and so long as it plays smoothly"

if by smoothly you mean 17% slower, then yeah. If you live in the pal regions and you STILL care about old games, you do NOT want the slow versions. If you live in america, of course you don't care but you need to understand what the peoblem is. Apparently nintendo do not care either so why should I?

"that cause Nintendo to lose a LOT of money, "

I don't care about current gen consoles. But I do care having digital complete collections of past consoles that hardly cost nintendo money,especially since they do not want to do VC right. Maybe someday, they will download a ROM from me in order to sell it back to all of you who knows?

socar
Thu Apr 20 17 04:31am
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I don't care about current gen consoles. But I do care having digital complete collections of past consoles that hardly cost nintendo money,especially since they do not want to do VC right. Maybe someday, they will download a ROM from me in order to sell it back to all of you who knows?

Oh so the DS, GBA, Wii and Gamecube are not current gen consoles?

If Nintendo doesn't care, give them feedbacks about why the VC sucks in your opinion instead of unnecessarily stealing the games that neither benefits you nor them since ROMs also contain viruses as well.

csp
Thu Apr 20 17 04:53am
Rating: 1

"Oh so the DS, GBA, Wii and Gamecube are not current gen consoles?"

no they are not. The physical copies are long out of print and some are so rare prices have skyrocketed. What can nintendo do about this? A lot, but they simply rerelease the same old games. So if they dont care about custom robo for instance, we will step in.

Then there is the issue of restoring the original japanese voices, using different control methods to play the games (ie, nintendont lets you map the wiimote's buttons including move controls on GC games, now how would that make the horizontal and vertical slash moves of soul calibur 2 play? hmmm...did I ever mention that kirby's tilt and tumble can be played with the wiimote as well as ALL light gun games on the NES SNES MS MD?) The community GREATLY benefits, nintendo simply lose money because they dont care. Fair enough.

as for roms having viruses...well nintendo should be more careful when they download a rom next time! it may lock up their system haha (seriously, this is a pretty ignorant statement since there are ways to detect injections and I have yet to find one of those roms myself!)

Homebrew applications and games

csp
Wed Apr 19 17 04:27am
(Updated 1 time)

"DON'T USE EMULATORS"

tell that to nintendo who apparently grabbed a rom of super mario bros for the nes from the net, put it on an emulator and SOLD it to everyone on the wii vc.

Then there is the discussion of preservation when the company does not give a rat's ass (ie bandai satellaview games) along with various mods like translations and as you can see, the situation is far more complex.

and emulators are legal sorry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGHul1PrXCE

In Nintendos defense they still owned that ROM. It was ripped from their cartridge, at the end of the day they are more than entitled to download any ROM of their games and sell them back to you Smile

Anyways, every Virtual Console game is emulation.

csp
Wed Apr 19 17 05:30am
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yes getting past the PR mess of nintendo's stance on emulation while clearly selling emulated products, the fact that they illegally downloaded a rom on a legally owned game (by them) and sold it for 5 bucks, means that even nintendo acknowledges the use of having people illegally preserving games online. Heck it worked for them...it made them EASY money, instead of actually dumping the rom themselves.

...and we dont have to wait for a proper seiken densetsu 2 translation. Because we can.

for those who don't know what we are talking about try this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR1uEwjx7VI

I watched that video and unfortunately, there is literally no proof of this whole Nintendo downloaded a rom and sold it to you argument because Nintendo themselves stated they haven't done so and yet there's hardly any proof of that sort.

But even then, that's still a good move because guess what? They own the damn game. it would take like decades for the trademark to even expire. Are you trying to imply that people should be encouraged to steal Nintendo's contents without buying them legit? Because your comment is pretty much sounding like you don't want to buy Nintendo games but you want to steal them kinda like what Jim stated earlier.

csp
Wed Apr 19 17 06:45am
Rating: 1 (Updated 3 times)

"Nintendo themselves stated they haven't "

really know nothing of the corporate world eh? Because ALL this turned out to be true huh?

http://www.siliconera.com/2017/01/16/nintendo-switch-wont-friend-codes-reggie-steady-pacing-content/

Watch the video again, that NES header was made by the guy who originally dumped the rom over 25 years ago and it should not be there. Its not concrete proof but it is enough to raise questions.

"Are you trying to imply that people should be encouraged to steal Nintendo's contents without buying them legit?"

No, I am in favor of preservation though and even though I have bought games like earthbound and ogre battle 64(both unreleased before the VC over here), having already beaten them aaages ago, letting a company decide when I should play their unreleased games (if ever) is something I am not willing to accept, ESPECIALLY since even nintendo appear to be benefiting from that same preservation culture.

Oh and if you sell us a 10eu SNES game due to its narure (earthbound) and then you put it on sale (something you rarely do) discounting it 40% (a game EVERYONE has played by this point) DO NOT expect people to pay for earthbound zero.

socar
Wed Apr 19 17 01:56pm
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Its not concrete proof but it is enough to raise questions.

Yeah its enough to raise questions about it that's just it..what's your point on that? I Still don't get what your so mad about this though since they own the rights to the game in the first place.

And what unreleased games are you even talking about? Super Mario Bros is a released game. If you're talking about porting the old games to newer systems, that is possible..it just needs time.

As for the 10 eu SNES thing....I can't say anything about it though if you really think they are not worth that much, why even bother trolling around about it.

csp
Wed Apr 19 17 04:11pm
(Updated 1 time)

I have already explained this. They fight the people who pirate games when they USE what they offer themselves. This is essentially telling everyone that piracy has its uses so FEEL FREE to do the same. (hence jim's reasoning)

There is still a big list of unreleased games in the US including fire emblem games that nintendo pretend they dont exist. You can google that. As for the earthbound price, read what i wrote more clearly please, the point being, you charge premium for a SNES game EVERYONE has already played already (it was sold for a tenner here being advertised that it was never released before) and then they go and put in on sale at 40% off which is a BIGGER discount than any other ROM sale they ever had. There are people like myself who just bought it KNOWING that they may never play it (because we already have) and they troll their fans with a discount no one really expected. So if they wonder why people why Zero sold below expectations (in case it did)...that is probably why. Having already bought a lot of hanabi games I have already played, this idiocy just made me stop caring. If this is a bit too complicated never mind.

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