Someone Hacked the NES Classic Edition To Include More Games

by Robert Workman


While the NES Classic Edition is a wonderful blast from the past (well, to those that can find one, anyway), there’s always room for improvement – like the necessity to include more games. Well, it appears someone has found a way to do just that.

ArsTechnica has reported that two separate hackers, from Japan and Russia, have found a way to hack the plug-and-play system to include 30 more games that originally intended – and what’s more, they did it using the system’s USB cable, which means it’s not necessary to open up the system and tear it apart.

The video below demonstrates the hack in action, with games like Darkwing Duck, Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers 2 and the much beloved Battletoads included in the collection – which isn’t a possibility on Nintendo’s end due to legal rights.

Reddit’s NESClassicMods community has broken down just how this works, saying that the solution won’t be able to be put into place until a save file is put into Super Mario Bros.’ initial save slot. From there, the system can be connected to a computer via a micro-USB cable, and the system can be booted in “FEL” mode (holding down the reset button while pushing the power button from a powered-off state). This should activate the “sunxi-FEL” interface, and enables users to add files through an application made by hackers.

Still, it’s worth nothing that you should do this at your own risk, since you’re messing with the game’s interface anyway. Just because there’s no taking-apart or soldering involved doesn’t mean you can’t mess up the system from this. But for those who pull it off, you’ll have 60 games instead of 30, and for some, that will make all the difference.

There’s also no word on just how many games are compatible with the hardware. There are a few confirmed games, as seen in the video above, but that doesn’t mean you should be adding any title willy-nilly. In fact, maybe it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on the community page above to see what works and what doesn’t.

Good luck – and, again, only do it if you know what you’re getting into!

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.