Cyanogen could have powered the Nintendo Switch, but co-founder told Nintendo to "stick it" instead

The Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda are winning hearts around the world and is now the fastest selling Nintendo console. If things had turned out differently, this Nintendo machine would have been powered by Cyanogen.

This startling revelation comes from Executive Chairman and co-founder of Cyanogen, the controversial Kirt McMaster himself. In the early days of the Switch’s development, Nintendo apparently approached Cyanogen Inc. to develop an OS for a “certain portable”, reports XDA Developers.


In a bizarre twist, McMaster actually declined to do so, telling Nintendo to “stick it”, claims McMaster in a tweet.

Why did he do it? Who knows. He must have had his reasons, but the poor choice of words leads us to believe that it was probably for the best anyway. McMaster has since deleted the offending tweet.

The original tweet read, “@romainguy @dnaltews @rebelleader In the early days of cyanogen Nintendo wanted us to create an os for a certain portable. I told them to stick it.”


It bears mention that Cyanogen is now as good as dead. The community of developers that worked on CyanogenOS was given the boot by Cyanogen, but they continued their work anyway under the brand name Lineage.

The Nintendo Switch is powered by an Nvidia Tegra SoC and runs a custom version of FreeBSD and bits of Android code for some features.

An Android-powered Nintendo Switch would have certainly been an interesting proposition.

Published Date: Mar 22, 2017 14:52 PM | Updated Date: Mar 22, 2017 14:52 PM