THERE IS A HACK for the great but limited NES Classic that will let you add games to it and create a decent retro arcade for yourself. However, it comes with compromises and could kill your Christmas present before you have even started taking your magic plumbing mushrooms.
We usually love these console hacks and were about this latest NES Classic hack almost had us reaching for the Argos catalogue and a screwdriver.
It was Russian retro gaming community GBX and a modder called Madmonkey that cracked the rebooted console, and it was Reddit users that seized on the opportunity, to give the hack a go.
Users posted evidence of working hacks, and all seemed fine.
However, time often tells, and in the days since the discovery other reports have surfaced that suggest that the crack could knacker the device if they are approached without caution.
It is pretty clear that anyone going into the code and kernel of an off the shelf retro games console that has probably been built in China is going to come across some interesting things, and it is important to remember that mistakes can creep into code and programming. So problems should have been anticipated.
The cautious word here, probably from people who immediately post their warranty postcards out as soon as they buy a new thing, is that if you do try and hack your console, and make a hash of it, you are doomed. You have blown the guarantee and no one is going to care about a problem that you have bought on yourself regardless of whether you have kept the receipt or not.
"While first sale doctrine permits you to jailbreak your console in some instances, this kind of use probably still violates everything from the ToS to the warranty," Ryan Morrison, founding attorney of Morrison/Lee told Mashable in its alert report about the risks. "And where you get these ROMs you are adding is almost certainly not legal as well.
Buyer beware: you bork it, you are stuck with it. µ
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