With Nintendo Switch stock still somewhat hard to come by in some regions across the globe, some people may be tempted to download an emulator instead. The US Federal Trade Commission have addressed the potential desire and warns against Switch emulators with the following message on their website:

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.

And if you think you’ve been the victim of a scam, report it to the FTC.

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  1. This warning is so fucked up! They say you shouldn’t emulate the Switch because the emulator doesn’t exist yet. But what they really should say is that it’s ILLEGAL to emulate the Switch just because you can’t find one in store!

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  2. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits. This use to be something that awaited those for all consoles. It's sad it's mostly just a PS4 slogan these days. Maybe Nintendo will get back to that greatness with the Switch. Only time will tell.}

    Of course an emulator of a new system isn’t possible yet. Sadly, they have to point this out because some people are idiots. Or they are ignorant idiots.

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    • King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits. This use to be something that awaited those for all consoles. It's sad it's mostly just a PS4 slogan these days. Maybe Nintendo will get back to that greatness with the Switch. Only time will tell.}

      Sadly, some morons lack common sense! Like that one stupid idiot that walked off a damn cliff because he couldn’t take his stupid eyes off of his stupid phone while playing stupid Pokemon GO. Should have let the idjit rot on that part of the cliff that saved his life. We seriously need to quit getting in the way of natural selection when it comes calling for these individuals. lol

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