Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Feb 2018 23:07 UTC

There are two major reasons I can think of to hack a game console. The first one is obvious: so you can play cracked copies of games. That’s why modern consoles are so difficult to hack, because millions of dollars are on the line.

But some people just want to run any software they choose on the hardware they own. And for those people, Linux on the Switch is a huge achievement.

I'm surprised it even took this long.

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If they get Bluetooth working and fully-support the Joy-Cons, then this would make an awesome portable RetroArch/Lakka/EmulationStation system. Forget waiting for VirtualConsole to appear, just run all the NES/SNES/N64/GB/GBA games you want on it. ;) Depending on the performance, you might even be able to get GC/Wii games working. Plus all the non-Nintendo system games.

Sure, there's lots of other tablets you can do similar setups with using Android and the various emulators in there. But you don't get the nicely integrated controllers and quick-n-easy docking for on-TV play. ;)

If they get this dualbooting with the normal SwitchOS, it'll bet pretty much the perfect portable gaming system. ;)

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