The NES Classic Can Now Be Hacked To Add More Games

Nintendo shipped the NES Classic with 30 of the original console’s best games, but with no plans to release any more titles, some owners are understandably disappointed that the system’s library can’t be expanded. At least, not through official channels …

Really, it was only a matter of time before someone discovered a way to install more games on the NES Classic and lo and behold, a Russian hacker of all people has discovered an exploit. Here’s how it works:

Since the NES Classic is essentially a Linux computer running an emulator, it is in theory easier to modify than Nintendo’s other consoles, which run proprietary software. If you connect the console to a computer and boot it up in FEL mode (a recovery mode built into the specific version of Linux running on the NES Classic), there is a way to add more games. Basically, you need to dump the console’s software onto a computer, copy the new games you want to add, and then overwrite the original software with the new, modified version.

In just a few short days, the hack has already been improved upon by others, with the latest version adding a GUI-based tool called Hakchi that automates the process of adding ROM files, and even includes cover artwork for each title to help fit in with Nintendo’s official lineup already on the system!

While this is surely something that Nintendo would like to shut down immediately, it’s pretty much impossible for them to block the hack since the NES Classic doesn’t connect to the internet. Still, if you’re thinking of modifying your NES Classic (check out the video above for step-by-step instructions) we would recommend that you actually know what you’re doing first because if something goes wrong, the warranty will probably be voided. At $60 a pop, this may not seem like a big deal, but considering it’s still nearly impossible to find one in stores, it’s not like you can just go out and by another one easily.

That being said, it’s exciting to see the modding community again rise to occasion and provide a fix for yet another boneheaded move from Nintendo.

(Via: The Verge)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)