Nintendo’s SNES Classic Mini can be hacked just like the NES Classic
Nintendo’s upcoming SNES Classic Mini Edition looks like it can be hacked just as easily as the NES Classic, providing you can get your hands on the retro-remake.
Using a program called hakhi2, the NES Classic, which made a splash last year before it sold out at a heady pace, hobby hackers can crack into the system’s software via a micro USB connection and load up hundreds of additional games alongside the suite of classic games Nintendo pre-installed on the compact console. The process is reversible as well, allowing for any mistakes to be cleaned away.
And the SNES Classic, due for release on September 29 for £69.99/$79.99, looks to be just as hackable as its predecessor through using the same software, according to Nintendo Life, which talked to ClusterM, the person behind the hakhi2 software.
In theory, this should mean that people willing to get their hands digitally dirty and hack the SNES Classic’s software could boost the console’s game library beyond the 21 titles Nintendo is loading it with.
Despite Nintendo not being a fan of such hacking techniques, it doesn’t look like the company has put in any blocks to prevent the hacking of the SNES Classic.
However, the popularity of the shrunken down and modernised SNES, means getting hold of a console is probably harder than hacking it, as many of the main retailers in the UK have sold-out of their SNES Classic stock from pre-orders alone. As such, it may take a decent dollop of guts to hack into your SNES Classic and risk ruining your luck of owning the console by potentially bricking it.
The same issues of supply blighted the launch of the NES Classic somewhat, and saw the console being sold on eBay for extortionate prices. But Nintendo has promised the NES Classic will return in 2018 to Japan, the USA, and Europe.
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