Modders have found a way to get even more out of the NES Classic
The NES Classic Edition comes packaged with 30 games, but that simply wasn’t enough for some people Now, thanks to the wonderful world of modding, it doesn’t have to be enough for you either… so long as you’re willing to take a few risks.
Within the past week, two separate modders (hailing form Japan and Russia) have claimed to have hacked the NES Classic Edition, allowing them to expand the system’s library well past its normal 30 games. Honeylab, the Japanese modder, has posted about his hacking expedition on Reddit, and has released the modding tool for others to use. This hacking tool was made specifically for the Japanese Famicom version of the console however, and honeylab has not performed any tests on the US NES Classic. He warns US modders to be very careful when attempting to use the tool, as they may end up permanently damaging their system (especially if they don’t know what they’re doing).
Russian modder Madmonkey has claimed to have successfully modified the NES Classic Edition as well. Madmonkey has released the hack for others to use, and has also made available the specific tool needed for perspective modders to have a hand at adding their own games to their NES Classic. This specific hack retains the same GUI found in the original NES Classic, meaning that extra games are simply added to the NES Classic’s pre-existing list, giving a more “official” look and feel that’s easy to navigate.
Though exciting, modding does come with its risks (of which I’m sure most of us are aware). As with everything else, modding the NES Classic Edition could potentially damage your system, meaning that you may end up with a system that’s only partially-working, or not working at all – but for those with the know-how who are willing to take the risk, these tools could very well be your key to the ultimate NES library. Happy hacking!