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Nintendo wants to ban tools that captures Switch encrypted codes

Intercepted codes may allow users to get the source codes of games and apps

08.May.23 6:44 AM
By Shawn Highstraw
Photo Photobank


Nintendo wants to ban tools that captures Switch encrypted codes
Nintendo filed a takedown request against Lockpick and Lockpick_RCM. Through these homebrew tools, cryptographic keys of the Nintendo Switch can be captured, so that source files of a Switch game can be viewed and modified.

Twitter user Simon Aarons shared an email from Github motivating Nintendo's takedown request. It reads that the homebrew software would damage Nintendo's intellectual property rights. Distributing this software would also be against the laws in the United States. In the mail, one specifically refers to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. At the time of writing, the Github pages of both Lockpick and Lockpick_RCM are still online. It is not clear whether this will change quickly.

The creators of Skyline, a Switch emulator for Android, have meanwhile announced on Discord that they will stop developing the emulator. According to the team, they are also at risk of receiving a similar takedown request from Nintendo. The team fears possible legal consequences and therefore pulls the plug on the project. Skyline's repository and builds will reportedly remain available.

Lockpick and Lockpick_RCM are two homebrew tools that allow Nintendo Switch owners to download unique cryptographic codes from their handheld. Those codes are needed if users want to view or modify the source files of Nintendo Switch games through separate software.

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