SNES Classic Mini hack is live, opening up vast 16-bit library

Last month we learned that, just like its 8-bit predecessor, the new Nintendo SNES Classic Mini could be hacked to add more games from the stacked back catalogue.

Now, the developer of the hakhi2 tool used to crack the NES Mini has updated the program, adding support for the recently released SNES Mini.

Alexey ‘Cluster’ Avdyukhin says more around 75% of the games are “working fine,” while NES ROMs will work too (via Nintendo Life).

Given the SNES Mini only ships with 21 games built in (down from 30 on the NES Mini), more gamers might be tempted to side-load additional ROMs on the console.

Nintendo could have negated this by providing additional storage and offering an eShop so gamers can add new titles.

Is it legal?

The legality of side-loading games on to the console is cloudy to say the least.

If gamers own the cartridges then it’s not seen as such an issue, but otherwise it’s a clear-cut piracy.

However, given Nintendo’s lawyers are usually all over copyright infringement like white on rice, the company might not be too fussed by the modding.

Naturally eBay sellers are already taking advantage selling console mods for way above the asking price of £69.99/$79.99.

Neowin reports the hacked machines are selling for more than $250 on the secondary market. That’s up from the $170 sealed machines are going for.

Nintendo has urged gamers not to overpay for the console, promising to do a better job of keeping the SNES in stock.

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