Does the Nintendo Switch have a secret internet browser?

We all know how the Nintendo Switch has become one of the gaming success stories of the year. With 4.7 million units sold in just four months, it’s clear that the Japanese gaming brand have once again defied the doubters and made gaming fun again.

But whilst Nintendo Switch titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are incredibly fun, there will always be a few gamers who are looking for something more from their fancy new handheld device.

And that’s why it’s been fascinating to see rumours emerging about the fact that you can actually hack into the Nintendo Switch to uncover a secret internet browser facility.

Although the method of hacking into the Nintendo Switch is definitely not recommended and could actually lead to all manner of nasty viruses, a handy YouTube guide has emerged for anyone who’s willing to sacrifice the stability of their Nintendo Switch in order to access the web.

By accessing the Switch’s system settings, clicking on your “user” option, and going through to the Facebook login page, you can then click on the small “pages” link at the bottom of the screen.

This will allow you to hit the Gmail website option to get into Google. Once you click the “Use App” button, you can enter your Gmail sign-in details and then use the navigation dots on the top right-hand side of the screen to bring up the Google search page.

Whilst it might look a little old-fashioned, this will then allow you to search Google. But if you wanted to use the search results, you would unfortunately not be able to get any further and it will say that the page cannot be displayed.

However, you can access Google+ pages simply, which gives a good indication of what a browser in an updated version of the Nintendo Switch could look like.

And the fact that you can use your Nintendo Switch to search on Google Maps or even browse and watch movies on Google Play will certainly show how much potential this compact handheld gaming device has.

Many people will be frustrated that this hack only allows you to get tantalizingly close to enjoying full access of the internet on a Nintendo Switch.

Whether this was used to enjoy greater gaming options by accessing free roulette games or even just watching videos on YouTube, it seems that Nintendo are very close to making the Switch a comprehensive multimedia device.

The fact that the Nintendo Switch was initially shipped without a purpose-built browser may have disappointed many.

But it’s clear that by concentrating on providing the perfect gaming experience, Nintendo have successfully managed to stay ahead of the competition and prove once again that consoles are better than PCs.

But with Nintendo always being keen to meet consumer demands, it’s hoped that the we might see a Nintendo Switch with a purpose-built browser in its next incarnation.

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