If something seems too good to be true, it usually is.
The Nintendo Switch has become the gaming system you just need to get. Unfortunately, for many users, this popularity has a downside. That downside is that the system can be incredibly difficult to get your hands on. But perhaps there is another way to play those Switch games while you’re waiting? Perhaps an emulator will do the job.
There is an increasing number of Switch emulators popping up online. But these emulators aren’t emulating the Switch at all. In fact, they’re nothing of the sort. The emulators are nothing more than malware, utilizing a method which we’ve seen used time and time again to trick people. By disguising the malware as a product which people want, and are waiting for, malware creators can prey on the impatience of victims. It hasn’t been that long since we’ve seen this same ploy used to attack Android users with fake Mario Run and Pokémon GO! Apps. It should really be no surprise that this is now taking place with the Nintendo Switch.
The sudden rise of this malware has even set the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to issue a warning.
“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.”
Users beware. If you run across a shady website, or receive an email or text, inviting you to download and play a Switch emulator, be forewarned that it is no such thing. It is just more malware readying itself to attack.