Nintendo Switch Already Hacked Using Browser Applet

Editor’s Note: Niche Gamer does not condone piracy in any way, shape, or form. These exploits are against Nintendo’s End User License Agreement, and as such should only be done at your own risk.

A little over a week after launch, we have our first signs of Nintendo Switch receiving a software exploit.

Hacker quertyuiop, known for his PS4 and iOS jailbreaks, posted an image of him using an altered version of his iOS WebKit exploit to gain access to the Switch’s userland (low level system access that doesn’t usually allow for piracy). This was done via the console’s built-in web browser applet, as the console itself doesn’t have a fully fledged browser yet.

However, this means very little for actual console owners. While a proof-of-concept exploit is a very important milestone for console exploits, the fact that there is an exploit doesn’t mean that the exploit will allow for further access to the system OS. This includes the ability for things such as custom themes, homebrew software, or piracy.

While Nintendo will almost certainly patch this soon, if anything else is revealed we will let you know.



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  1. tccboss
    March 13, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Rip switch.

  2. Anon_Amous
    March 13, 2017 at 11:35 am


  3. Ruggarell
    March 13, 2017 at 11:41 am


    I’ll buy one with my 2018 income tax. It should be hacked fully by then. What a piece of shit console. So weak and fragile.

  4. Malascus
    March 13, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Not like the 3DS.
    That thing is so stable you can build a house with it!

  5. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    March 13, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    “I hate this console. Such weak. Kekkekekek. Let me spend $300+ on it.”

    So edgy.

  6. OSad
    March 13, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Nintendo has a bit of a problem developing browser apps, it seems. First the 3DS with browserhax, now this. It almost makes you wonder why they don’t just take the app out of these things.

    Though to be fair, they’re probably caught between a rock and a hard place. They have to include a browser in since every other similar device on the market can browse the internet, but they probably wish they could cut it out, closing more potential exploit avenues from your system.

  7. DrearierSpider
    March 13, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Get fucked, Nintendo.

  8. Izu-3
    March 13, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Right now, the browser is just an ‘applet’ for connecting to secure WiFi places, like your average coffee shop which has a login.
    Using some DNS trickery, you can get it to load whatever you want, and people are just using that to exploit it like this. The question is how insecure the browser – which isn’t meant to be freely usable – actually is, and if it’s an entrypoint to something more major.

  9. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    March 13, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Aren’t the cartridges basically SD cards? The Switch is gonna be the perfect system to hack on. I’ll definitely purchase it once its fully hacked.

  10. Anon_Amous
    March 13, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    “What a piece of shit, I’ll buy it when I can afford it.”



    Fuck I replied to microdick without even checking the name.

  11. Fandangle
    March 13, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    good. I hope it kills the thing. After all the relentless bullshit they’ve been doing since iwata died, that’s been only getting worse with time, they deserve it.

  12. scemar
    March 13, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I’m interested in a zelda undub
    hacking the switch will be worth it when they finally get there

  13. drproton
    March 13, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    I don’t know why people hold Iwata in such high regard. The last generation when Nintendo consistently made interesting games was during the Gamecube/DS era, which was well underway by the time he stepped into the role of CEO.

    The Wii and Wii U were the era of Nintendo’s decline as a developer; though an historic success as a hardware manufacturer.

  14. Nagato
    March 13, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I dunno, they seem to break pretty easily from what I’ve seen. The indestructible Nintendium trend only really lasted until the DS Phat; the Lite, Wii and everything after can be broken fairly easily.

  15. acidthorn
    March 13, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I think only the hinges, the bodies themselves are good quality. But again, I don’t throw my 3DS into a brick wall generally, so I don’t know.

  16. VirtualBoyColor
    March 13, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Interesting, but I’m still not buying the console.

  17. Fandangle
    March 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    nah, the wii and Wiiu generation gave us xenoblade, punch out, Mario galaxy, w101, pikmin 3, bayonetta 2, Kirby return to dream land, triple deluxe, planet robobot, kid Icarus uprising, and the two new donkey kong country games, and even more. without him we probably wouldn’t have the prime games. And the wii itself wouldn’t have sold without wii sports which was fun as fuck.

    The success of the wii wasn’t just about hardware, i remember someone equated it to “two game cubes slapped together” it was more thanks to marketing and a great budget game bundled with it, something neither the Wiiu or switch had. arguably though nintendo was best at software at this time. The biggest problem being they can’t hold down 3rd parties for shit.

  18. catazxy
    March 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I would have gone with ” EZ” instead of “done”….

  19. scemar
    March 13, 2017 at 9:01 pm


    I got a long list of things they need to fix on their console before it’s worth buying

    they messed up with the hardware quality control big time and the fact that save files are locked to 1 system means there wouldn’t even be a way to upgrade to a new switch in case they release an improved version later, or the one you bought has some sort of failure

  20. scemar
    March 13, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Iwata has some really fantastic quotes, they make him seem like such a cool dude

    if he’s judged by what he said, and not what he did, he’s a great guy
    and his management did save nintendo, financially at least, though not in terms of quality of content

  21. Zombie_Barioth
    March 13, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    The hinges and circle-pad are the only things that seem to be ‘easy’ to break. The former I’ve had break falling off a bed, the latter just wears out but can easily be fixed with a dab of quick-dry epoxy.

    Never heard of anyone breaking their Wii, unless you count those Youtube channels that purposely set out to destroy stuff.

  22. Zombie_Barioth
    March 13, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    No, I’m pretty sure they’re just tiny ROM cartridges like the Vita used. Only the small portion for saves is actually re-writable, the rest is pretty much one-time use like CD/DVD-R.

  23. Matthew Sigler
    Matthew Sigler
    March 14, 2017 at 12:50 am

    It’s a reference to the fact that every single 3DS patch in the past two years has been for “stability”, AKA patching exploits

  24. Nagato
    March 14, 2017 at 6:19 am

    …I honestly should’ve gotten that.

  25. Ruggarell
    March 14, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Shit consoles can have good games you know.

    March 14, 2017 at 9:58 am

    You got owned. Accept that and move on before you dig your grave even further.

  27. ProxyDoug
    March 14, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Nintendo consoles always get hacked/emulated so fast.

  28. Fenrir007
    March 14, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    The Wii? My impression is that the Wii is pretty damn sturdy.