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Rune Factory 5 XCI - The Best Way to Experience the New Adventure


How to Download and Play Rune Factory 5 XCI on Nintendo Switch




Rune Factory 5 is the latest entry in the popular simulation RPG series that combines farming, crafting, combat, romance, and adventure. It was released for the Nintendo Switch on May 20, 2021 in Japan; March 22, 2022 in North America; March 25, 2022 in Europe.


If you are a fan of Rune Factory or want to try out this charming game, you might be wondering how you can download and play it on your Switch. One way to do that is by using an XCI file, which is a backup of a Switch game card in the NX Card Image format. In this article, we will show you what an XCI file is, how it works, what you need to play it on your Switch, how to dump your own XCI files from game cards, how to install and play them on your Switch, and how to update and add DLCs to your XCI games.




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What is an XCI file and how does it work?




An XCI file is a file that contains the contents of a Nintendo Switch game card in the NX Card Image format. It stores an encrypted backup of a Nintendo Switch game, which includes the Switch game ROM, icons, and metadata. XCI files may also be used to contain updates and DLCs for a Switch game.


The benefits and risks of using XCI files




Using XCI files has some benefits and risks that you should be aware of before deciding to use them. Here are some of them:


  • Benefits:



  • You can play games that are not available in your region or have not been released yet.



  • You can save space on your Switch internal storage or microSD card by playing games from a USB drive.



  • You can preserve your game cards from wear and tear by playing backups instead.



  • You can play games without inserting the game card every time.



  • Risks:



  • You may violate the terms of service of Nintendo and risk getting banned from online services if you use pirated or illegal XCI files.



  • You may damage your Switch console or lose your data if you use corrupted or malicious XCI files.



  • You may encounter compatibility issues or bugs if you use outdated or modified XCI files.



Therefore, we recommend that you only use XCI files if you own the original game cards and only for personal use. We do not condone piracy or illegal What do you need to play XCI files on Switch?




To play XCI files on your Switch, you will need the following things:


A hackable Switch console




Not all Switch consoles can run XCI files, as they require a custom firmware that bypasses the official Nintendo firmware. To install a custom firmware, you will need a hackable Switch console, which means one that has an exploitable hardware vulnerability in the Nvidia Tegra X1 chip. This vulnerability allows you to run unsigned code on your Switch, which is necessary for installing and running a custom firmware.


The hackable Switch consoles are the ones that were manufactured before July 2018, which have the serial numbers starting with XAW1, XAW4, or XAW7. You can check your Switch serial number on the back of your console or on the box. If your serial number is in the green or orange range, then your Switch is hackable. If it is in the red range, then your Switch is not hackable and cannot run XCI files.


A microSD card and a USB reader




You will also need a microSD card and a USB reader to store and transfer your XCI files. The microSD card should have enough space to hold your XCI files, which can range from a few gigabytes to tens of gigabytes depending on the game. The USB reader should be compatible with your computer and your Switch.


A custom firmware such as SX OS




A custom firmware is a modified version of the official Nintendo firmware that allows you to run homebrew applications and games on your Switch. There are several custom firmware options available for the Switch, such as Atmosphère, ReiNX, and SX OS. However, not all of them support XCI files. The most popular and reliable custom firmware that supports XCI files is SX OS, which is developed by Team Xecuter. SX OS has many features and advantages over other custom firmware, such as:


  • It supports both XCI and NSP (Nintendo Submission Package) formats for games.



  • It allows you to install and play XCI files from a USB drive or over USB without copying them to your microSD card.



  • It has a built-in game installer that can update and add DLCs to your XCI games.



  • It has an emuNAND feature that creates a virtual copy of your Switch NAND (internal memory) on your microSD card, which protects your original NAND from being corrupted or banned.



  • It has a stealth mode that prevents Nintendo from detecting your custom firmware and blocking online services.



To use SX OS, you will need to purchase a license key from Team Xecuter's website, which costs $29.99 USD. You will also need to download the latest version of SX OS from their website and copy it to your microSD card.


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A backup of your Switch NAND (optional)




Before you install any custom firmware or run any XCI files on your Switch, it is highly recommended that you make a backup of your Switch NAND (internal memory), which contains all your system data and settings. This backup can help you restore your Switch to its original state in case something goes wrong or you want to remove the custom firmware. To make a backup of your Switch NAND, you will need to use a payload injector such as RCM Loader One or TegraRcmGUI to launch Hekate, which is a bootloader that can perform various tasks on your Switch. Hekate has an option to dump your NAND to your microSD card, which can take up to 30 minutes depending on the size of your NAND.


Decryption keys for your Switch games




To play XCI files on your Switch, you will also need the decryption keys for your Switch games, which are used to decrypt and extract the game data from the XCI files. These keys are unique for each game and each console, so you cannot use someone else's keys. To get the decryption keys for your games, you will need to use Lockpick_RCM, which is a payload that can dump the keys from your Switch console. You will need to launch Lockpick_RCM using a payload injector such as RCM Loader One or TegraRcmGUI. Lockpick_RCM will create a file called prod.keys on your microSD card, which contains all the keys for your games. How to dump your own XCI files from game cards




If you own the original game cards for Rune Factory 5 or any other Switch game, you can dump your own XCI files from them using either SX OS or hactool. Here are the steps for each method:


Using SX OS to dump game cards to XCI files




SX OS has a built-in game dumper that can dump your game cards to XCI files on your microSD card or USB drive. To use it, follow these steps:


  • Insert your game card into your Switch console and make sure it is recognized by the system.



  • Insert your microSD card or USB drive into your Switch console and make sure it has enough space to hold the XCI file.



  • Launch SX OS on your Switch console by holding the Volume + button while powering on.



  • Select the Album icon from the home screen to enter the SX OS menu.



  • Select the Game Card icon from the SX OS menu to enter the game dumper.



  • Select Dump Cartridge to XCI and choose the destination for your XCI file (microSD card or USB drive).



  • Wait for the dumping process to finish, which can take several minutes depending on the size of the game.



  • Once done, you will see a message saying "Dumping completed!" and you can eject your game card and microSD card or USB drive.



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