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Every Nintendo Switch console is apparently hiding an NES emulator

Last week, Nintendo revealed the sought-after NES Classic is coming back in 2018, but it won’t be the only way for retro fans to get their old school kicks.

Hackers appear to have discovered the existence of an NES emulator hiding within the company’s hybrid Switch console.

Related: Nintendo Switch Online

Upon exploring the system files, Swtichbrew found the 1984 game NES Golf under a name called “Flog” (golf backwards) along with instructions for the Joy-Con controllers.

NES Emulator

According to Gitbhub poster yellows8, there’s a copy of this file on every version of Switch OS.

A test run

Eurogamer suggests this could be a test for an upcoming official emulator that’s coming as part of the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online service.

The replacement for the Virtual Console will bring a hot of NES and SNES games to the new hybrid console.

The Nintendo Switch Online Service will cost $20 a year, with UK pricing yet to be revealed. The company plans to roll out a selection of classic games, which will be available as long as the subscription is active.

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