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New hack lets NES Classic Edition owners play games from other consoles

By midian182 ยท 7 replies
Feb 13, 2017
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  1. The NES Classic Edition may be proving incredibly successful for Nintendo, selling almost 200,000 units in under a month, but limiting it to just 30 pre-installed games was a disappointment. And with no cartridge slot or WiFi protocol to download them, there won’t be any new titles officially released for the retro console.

    Last month, however, ingenious hackers came up with a solution to the problem, and were able to add more games using a USB cable. Now, another hack lets owners play games from other retro consoles on their NES Classic Editions.

    Hacker Madmonkey created a compile for RetroArch, an open source frontend for the Libreto API, which allows users to install SNES, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, and Game Boy Advance titles on the NES Classic. You can read the full instructions on how to run the program here, but remember that it will void your warranty, and even the smallest misstep could result in the console being bricked. Additionally, not every emulated game is likely to work.

    There’s also the possible legal ramifications of the process to consider. Nintendo has yet to release a statement regarding its stance on adding new games to the NES Classic Edition, but you can expect one to arrive soon enough.

    Really, though, Nintendo must have expected that someone would come up with a hack to add more games and emulate other consoles. Perhaps if it had included an official way of buying extra titles for the NES Classic Edition, people would have been slightly less inclined to turn to legally dubious methods.

    Check out soulctcher’s YouTube video below to see RetroArch running on the NES Classic Edition.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,699   +4,034

    Leave it to the hackers to make good, even better!
  3. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +302

    Ironic, for a company that has produced underpowered systems for the last few generations of consoles to overpower this to the point of running sega genesis, and snes.
  4. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,823   +2,669

    Its actually hard to find a general CPU these days that's NOT capable of running at least N64-level experiences.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  5. fktech

    fktech TS Maniac Posts: 532   +141

    It sucked then and it sucks now....
  6. Nero7

    Nero7 TS Evangelist Posts: 498   +236

    The NES mini is a disgrace. The cord is way too short and the amount of stuff on it is abysmal.

    That some random 12 year old can deliver a better experience than big N... (not implying that the one in the video is 12 but could of have been).

    Might as well throw everything out that is inside the box then put a Raspberry Pi in there and game EVERYTHING. Look up emulation and ROMS it will change your life.
  7. kmo911

    kmo911 TS Booster Posts: 132   +14

    Still its best on reeal consolls and emulating on pc mac with a nes snes controller. and game genie enabled on nes 8 bit. gameshark and so on to n64 with cheats on. if they could sell nes snes as they did in 1980 1990 year I would bee HAPPY too.
  8. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +302

    My head hurts now...

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