Nintendo Labo contest champions include a solar accordion and teapots

If it wasn’t already apparent that you can do much more with Nintendo Labo than what comes in the box, it is now. Nintendo has unveiled the winners of a Creators Contest that challenged them to produce games and musical instruments, and the results go well beyond what you might expect. One of the more inventive examples is Momoka Kinder’s …

Custom oscilloscope console pays tribute to ‘Star Fox’ and ‘Asteroids’

Throughout gaming’s storied history, there’s been some wild hardware like N-Gage, the Barcode Battler and, more recently, Nintendo Labo. But we haven’t seen anything quite like the Ocelot Arcade System, a homebrew console that uses an oscilloscope as its display. Yep, an oscilloscope. The console can display 3D vector graphics in real time and deliver four-channel polyphonic sound through a …

Modders turn Nintendo Switch into a full-fledged Linux tablet

For all of its Nintendo customizations, the Switch is ultimately a tablet running a garden variety NVIDIA Tegra processor — and that means it can potentially handle the same software as other mobile devices. To prove that point, the fail0verflow team has shown a Switch running an honest-to-goodness Linux distribution. The touchscreen, networking and accelerated 3D graphics are all functioning, …

The Nintendo Switch’s GPU is key to installing unofficial games

Game console manufacturers don’t particularly like hackers, but Nintendo’s relationship with them has always been particularly tenuous. At a recent hacking conference in Germany a team presented their efforts at getting homebrew games on Nintendo’s latest console, the Switch. As spotted by Wololo, bypassing typical safeguards apparently comes down to Nintendo’s use of an off-the-shelf NVIDIA Tegra chip, and the …

Nintendo Switch homebrew is possible, but there’s a catch

Resourceful hackers have long been rejuvenating Nintendo’s consoles past their sell-by dates. Armed with in-game exploits, the homebrew community persistently overcame updates to release unofficial emulators and apps for the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS. But, is Nintendo’s latest console as hackable as its predecessors? A bunch of enthusiasts have been tinkering away for months to solve that riddle, and …