differences between nsp and xci files?

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  1. symish
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    symish Advanced Member

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    Hi

    what are the concrete differences between these 2 formats? I already have 25 games in xci nad was wondering if replacing them in .nsp is worthy.

    I'd also lik to play pokemon quest but I did not understand how, also following the tutorial. Is a game downloadable for free from the eshop?

    Can anyone help me? thank you
     
  2. Milenko

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    Xci is a cartridge dump and nsp are eshop files
     
  3. V-Temp

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    NSP will get you banned.

    XCI might get you banned.
     
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  4. XCI = Cart image

    NSP = Nintendo Submission Package. It is what devs use to submit games to the Eshop and also what is downloaded from the Eshop. Think of it has a .apk on Switch.

    As for Pokemon Quest: Are you not capable of searching the Eshop yourself?
     
  5. Glisern

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    If you've done CFW on a 3DS, then XCI can be compared to .3ds files, and NSP to .cia
     
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    And yet this has to be proven first


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  7. V-Temp

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    NSPs have to be bought to be on a system. If your account doesn't own it, a pile of NSPs shouldn't be on the system. XCIs are cart, there's no way to differentiate them unless a bunch of headers repeat and try to access online services simultaneously.
     
  8. symish
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    symish Advanced Member

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    Ok thanks to all.

    I imagined that xci could be safer

    I dont understand why it’s not possible to get pokemon quest on xci like resident evil
     
  9. symish
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    Of course Im able, I simply dont know if it’s risky to download The game with sx os inside
     
  10. SirUseless

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    If you have a real (hardware) game - a switch game card, then you can dump the files to an xci file and start it with SX OS Backup loader.
    But pokemon quest is a download only game. There is no physical version averiable, so you can't create an xci file. You need to use the same format like the devs on the switch do.
     
  11. symish
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    I knew that.

    Resident evil is only downloadable, but The xci is present
     
  12. slaphappygamer

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    There may be converted games out there. I saw an xci to nps converter. I’m using cdnsp for everything and staying offline. Lol I guess you can say I’m prebanning myself.
     
    Last edited by slaphappygamer, Jul 18, 2018
  13. Falo

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    In EUR & USA the game was released as eShop only, but in japan it was released as game cart.

    The Main difference between NSP and XCI is, NSP's have a different encryption and nca settings.
    XCI's only use firmware specific masterkeys.
    NSP's use masterkeys + rightsId keys.

    To fully convert an NSP to XCI, you need to decrypt, modify and re-encrypt all nca files and there is currently no public tool to do this.
     
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