Denuvo by Irdeto, the global leader in providing security solutions for video games on desktop, console, and mobile platforms, is pleased to announce its protection technologies are now available on the Nintendo Developer Portal (NDP) as authorised Nintendo Switch middleware.

The Nintendo Developer Portal offers documentation, tools and other useful materials for the development of software for Nintendo consoles. Denuvo is the first security partner added to the portal, where developers are now able to access the Nintendo Switch Emulator Protection, a revolutionary technology to protect games launching on Nintendo Switch from piracy.

Even if a game is protected against piracy on its PC version, the version released on Nintendo Switch can be emulated from day one and played on PC, therefore bypassing the strong protections offered on the PC version. This can happen with any of the numerous games available on Nintendo Switch.

By blocking unauthorized emulations on PC, studios are able to increase their revenue during the game launch window, which is the most important period for monetization. The Nintendo Switch Emulator Protection will ensure that anyone wishing to play the game has to buy a legitimate copy.

As with all other Denuvo solutions, the technology integrates seamlessly into the build toolchain with no impact on the gaming experience. It then allows for the insertion of checks into the code, which blocks gameplay on emulators.


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10M ago

I shouldn't speculate, but I can't help but wonder if this coming so late in the Switch's life span, means this "emulator protection" is also meant for Switch Next. It would make sense Nintendo would want to get in front of piracy as much as they can for their new system, considering how rampant it has been on previous ones.

That being said, Denuvo sucks, and it'll likely be circumvented in a week.