Today the first Nintendo Switch ROMs have been released to the public, as confirmed by GBATemp
The following ROMs have been released:
There's no way to run these ROMs yet.
The scariest thing about this is that they are not normal cartridge ROMs, but the hackers have already decrypted the contents and posted those in way that they hide the unique identifier that cartridges have.
Most of you don't realize, but the Switch hacking community is incredibly talented, as the people who helped hack the 3DS are now working on Switch. As an interesting note, the Switch OS may be based on the 3DS OS (because of internal strings referencing the same OS name "Horizon"), but of course with new security additions.
The following things have already been achieved privately:
- Userland code execution
- Kernel has been dumped
- Cartridge dumps
- Extracting private data from games like models (data mining)
- Backing up saves and transferring them to another Switch
- Editing saves
- "Cheating" in games by modifying RAM values
And a lot more that they haven't disclosed publicly. You can find most of them on Twitter, they post lots of interesting things about this.
Nintendo has been pretty incompetent with their OS security in the past, and that sadly hasn't changed with the Switch. However, if Nintendo refuses to give us an option to back up saves, what other option we have?