GREAT NEWS FOR THE RED CAP PLUMBER HACKING GANG. You can crack your brand new NES Classic wide open to run 700 games, while also ruining your warranty and potentially bricking it.
If this was the old telly game Bullseye, you would have the classic end of show choice. Take what you have, or risk it all - except a plastic load of bull and some pointy things that you could hurt yourself with.
So you can keep your retro console thing that plays 30 games, or take your chances and win one, after little effort, that takes that number and multiplies it by more than two, and then by 10.
What you will need is time, balls, a NES Classic, the patience to watch a video, the presence of mind to do some coding, and then, well, some more time.
Perhaps you have already ruined your guarantee and extended your NES to 70 odd titles, and we may be preaching to the converted. Perhaps you are playing Super Mario World and someone is reading this out to you. We aren't a social network. We do not know what you get up to.
The console hack is on YouTube and on code sharing site GitHub. YouTube is where you will find the easy to follow guide, though, courtesy of a chap called Tooty UK.
Tooty, which probably not his real name, took the download and install leap before most people and shared his video of the experience. He reckons that it was quite a smooth process, so we probably overdid it on the ‘bricking' talk.
Tooty is a man of few written words, and instead gives a good commentary on video: "Here I show you how to add in the full NES games library to you NES Mini, NES mini Classic," he explains.
Basically, go to YouTube, go to GitHub, download the newest version of the Nintendo Rom management system (2.11 for Windows, Mac and WINE) download and install.
It should be easy. Nintendo fans have embraced the hackability of the Mini NES and it looks like Nintendo was expecting them. Early on crackers found a hidden message buried in the code: "This is the hanafuda captain speaking. Launching emulation in 3...2...1. Many efforts, tears and countless hours have been put into this jewel," it said.
"So, please keep this place tidied up and don't break everything! Cheers, the hanafuda captain."
Mixed messages there. µ
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