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  • Jan 19, 2020
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Dear all,
How do I install (with what utility/app that is) the .XCI format games?

Also what is the difference between .XCI and .NSP formats? Which one is better, etc.

Thanks!

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  • Jan 19, 2020
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Hi, so you can install .xci games with homebrews such as Goldleaf, Tinfoil, AwooInstaller (I personally recommend you Tinfoil or Awoo).
The difference between the nsp and xci files is that the nsp is taken from the e-shop and the xci is taken from the game cartridge itself.
I don't think there's any big benefit/inconvenient for taking a specific version of a game.

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Thank you so much for clarifying this!

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  • Jan 19, 2020
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Your welcome!

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  • Jan 19, 2020
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TunaKetchup said:

XCI can be mounted while NSP need to be installed

Incorrect. Some installers can install the xci to your Switch, the same it does with nsp.

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  • Jan 19, 2020
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linuxares said:

Incorrect. Some installers can install the xci to your Switch, the same it does with nsp.

Nothing incorrect about it

"XCI CAN be mounted" keyword is "can"

I never said anything about being able to install them

But yeah you can install them if you desire

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  • Jan 19, 2020
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TunaKetchup said:

Nothing incorrect about it

"XCI CAN be mounted"

I never said anything about being able to install them

But yeah you can install them if you desire

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  • Jan 19, 2020
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linuxares said:

.XCI format games: How do install?

Yes and they can also be mounted unlike NSP

OP asked what the difference was

"XCI can be mounted"

--------------------- MERGED ---------------------------

You honestly shouldn't be a mod

I'm embarrassed for you right now

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  • Jan 19, 2020
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c0dehunter said:

Dear all,
How do I install (with what utility/app that is) the .XCI format games?

Also what is the difference between .XCI and .NSP formats? Which one is better, etc.

Thanks!

XCI can be played without installing them. SX OS mounts them and emulates the game cartridge so the switch thinks you have put in a physical game.

NSP's must be installed. Some homebrew apps can install XCI's but technically all they are doing is converting them to NSP's then installing them.

Only XCI's can be mounted and only SX OS CFW can do this.

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  • Jan 19, 2020
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Your first answer was evasive AF and didn`t give any light to the original question. You can`t talk like that to a mod that is correcting your confusing answer. The OP wanted to know how to install XCI and the differences with NSP, and you talked like a caveman.

Not trying to pick a fight but just sayin`, if the question was to know HOW TO INSTALL THEM and WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES you should have been more clear about it saying that was one of the differences.

TunaKetchup said:

Yes and they can also be mounted unlike NSP

OP asked what the difference was

"XCI can be mounted"

--------------------- MERGED ---------------------------

You honestly shouldn't be a mod

I'm embarrassed for you right now

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  • Jan 19, 2020
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TunaKetchup said:

Yes and they can also be mounted unlike NSP

OP asked what the difference was

"XCI can be mounted"

--------------------- MERGED ---------------------------

You honestly shouldn't be a mod

I'm embarrassed for you right now

Sigh, one of these users. Fine, lets do it since I'm bored and don't mind lecture someone.

The OP clearly ask how to ask to install an xci file. The difference between the format wasn't very well explained by you or any other. Some where a lot better than other.

XCI is a file format, mostly used with the dumping of the cartridge. XCI files can be both installed and (only) mounted via SXOS. NSP files are "packaged" that need to be installed via an installer.

NSP files can be made via a lot of methods. It's not only "eshop" titles. Some of them are converted from XCI to NSP. Aka. just repacked in to another format.

So do please explain how my moderation responsibility has anything to do with correcting you? Stop being a jerk and just accept that you got corrected. Plain and simple.

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  • Mar 10, 2022
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linuxares said:

Sigh, one of these users. Fine, lets do it since I'm bored and don't mind lecture someone.

The OP clearly ask how to ask to install an xci file. The difference between the format wasn't very well explained by you or any other. Some where a lot better than other.

XCI is a file format, mostly used with the dumping of the cartridge. XCI files can be both installed and (only) mounted via SXOS. NSP files are "packaged" that need to be installed via an installer.

NSP files can be made via a lot of methods. It's not only "eshop" titles. Some of them are converted from XCI to NSP. Aka. just repacked in to another format.

So do please explain how my moderation responsibility has anything to do with correcting you? Stop being a jerk and just accept that you got corrected. Plain and simple.

sorry for bumping i just wanna say im sorry you had to deal with this guy and hope things are better nowadays .XCI format games: How do install? (34) (i never used a forum before so sorry if my post looks really weird)

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