The NES Classic Edition Hides a Message in Its Code For Hackers

by Matthew Hayes

(Photo: Nintendo)

As you may have read, a clever group of hackers have tinkered with the NES Classic Edition. The hood has been lifted, some wires were crossed, and now we know it's possible to load several more games in to the system. That's great news.

But you have to know that Nintendo saw this coming, right? From the moment we learned that this little NES wouldn't allow for the addition of games the talk about homebrew or cracking the system to add ROMs began in earnest. While the higher-ups at Nintendo might not have thought twice about it, the engineers working on the system knew that like-minded tinkerers would end up seeing their code. One programmer in particular went out of his way to tip his hat to the eventual hackers that would peek into the system's code.

Thanks to Twitter user bakueikozo (via Eurogamer), we get to see what this programmer, who adopted the handle "the hanafuda captain," had to say:

"This is the hanafuda captain speaking. Launching emulation in 3...2...1. Many efforts, tears and countless hours have been put into this jewel. So, please keep this place tidied up and don't break everything! Cheers, the hanafuda captain."

For those of you wondering about the name, Nintendo got its start in the late 1800s producing "Hanafuda" playing cards. These were used to play a variety of games, and you can still buy Nintendo Hanfafuda cards to this day.

As for the message, it sounds like this programmer harbors no ill will toward those who he predicted would tinker with his work on the system to make it do things it wasn't originally intended to do. It sounds as though there's a mutual respect there, and that makes it all the more charming.

By Matthew Hayes

Matthew loves artistic games, RPG loot, all things Nintendo, and esoteric philosophy - if you want to buy him something for his birthday, that's all you need to know. In person, a meek dog-lover. Online, an overly competitive villain. Favorite games include Persona 4 Golden, Rainbow Six Siege, Dark Souls, Rhythm Heaven Megamix, and Jet Set Radio.