The NES Classic Edition is getting further hacked in ways previously unthinkable. Boosting the Nintendo Mini’s pre-installed games from 30 to 80 was a pretty big deal just a month ago. Now, another hack not only lets users pack every NES game into the Nintendo Mini, it even installs games from other consoles like SNES, Game Boy and Sega Genesis into the system.
Diligent hackers are now able to run an app that can emulate various classic consoles on the Nintendo Mini. The program RetroArch allows the NES Classic Edition to not only play games other than the already pre-installed ones, but also those from different consoles including Super Nintendo, Game Boy and even SNES rival Sega Genesis.
Just over a week into the new year, a NES Classic Edition with 84 games was spotted on YouTube. It was already a huge number for a hacked console that time. A couple of weeks later, a new mod was released that further boosted the Nintendo Mini’s library to an unbelievable 700 games.
Hacking the NES Classic Edition voids all warranties, so those who plan to tweak their units should take it to consideration. But according to those who have done it, it’s considerably a small price to pay if one manages to pump that many games into the console. Keep in mind that not all installed games will play smoothly on hacked consoles. But then again, the percentage is rather small and insignificant compared to the ones that a successful hacker gets to enjoy.
The Nintendo Mini is only a fraction of the size of the original NES console. It doesn’t come with a cartridge slot, which means that the only games that NES Classic Edition users are able to play sans hacking are the 30 built-in titles. Likewise, Nintendo will not be providing additional downloadable content or any kind of expansion packs since the NES remake has no expandable storage slot and Wi-Fi capabilities.
The NES Classic Edition includes gold standard games like “Donkey Kong,” “Double Dragon II: The Revenge,” “Final Fantasy,” “Galaga,” “Ghosts'n Goblins,” “Gradius,” “Ice Climber,” “Pac-Man,” “Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr Dream,” “The Legend of Zelda” and the original “Super Mario Bros” trilogy, but it’s also clearly missing out on other classic gems like “Adventure Island,” “Battletoads” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
Nintendo somehow knew the NES Classic Edition would be hacked, which is why it left a message for Nintendo Mini hackers that referenced hanafuda, the Japanese playing cards that the company used to sell. Nintendo began as a company that manufactured hanafuda playing cards back in September 1889 before becoming the legendary and global video game titan that it is now.