Just before 2018 arrived hackers declared that a custom launcher would be made available for Switch that would allow users to run homebrew apps on their systems.

We're now seeing the first fruits of this development, and unsurprisingly a host of emulators have appeared, covering platforms such as the NES, SNES and even the Atari Jaguar. All are shown working within RetroArch, a popular emulator package which pulls together different apps under a unified interface with a focus on accurate performance.

This shouldn't come as a massive surprise as the Switch is based on Nvidia tech, which is used in Android devices like the Shield TV and Shield Tablet - both systems which are capable of running various emulators to a high standard.

The issue here is that by opening the door to homebrew apps, these hackers are also allowing pirates to illegally install games on their Switch consoles.

We'd imagine Nintendo will be doing everything it possibly can to shut the door on such exploits in a future firmware update, but in the meantime let us know what you think of these developments by posting a comment below.