Last year, in November, Nintendo, the Japanese gaming company, made the awesome decision of giving its fans the taste of childhood by launched the NES Classic Edition. The rebooted, retro-style gaming console, has everything it needs to bring back all those awesome childhood memories: a classic gamepad, retro design, and a library filled with time-honored games.
Remember Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., Mega Men, and Pac-Man? These games might not be so popular in nowadays world where everything revolves around graphics and advanced game mechanics. However, those golden oldies had their personal charm.
One would easily recall the struggle of completing a game on a console which had no notion of checkpoints, save, or autosave. If you were near the end of the game and lost your last life, then you would have to start the game all over, regardless of how much you’ve played it.
Well, you can now enjoy the same sentiment of accomplishment and that same frustration with the all new NES Classic Edition. However, there’s one downside to buying an NES Classic Edition – you won’t be able to expand the game library. So, if you’re done playing all 30 games included in the library, that’s it! Game over!
But things are about to change. A team of hackers (one from Russia and the other one from Japan) announced via Reddit that they were able to crack an NES console and to update its gaming library.
So, after the boys managed to mod the console, the NES Classic Edition’s game library now includes 60 titles. In their Reddit posts, the two hackers said that they were able to install a rudimentary version of Ubuntu, which basically paves the way for other clandestine improvements.
In other words: more games, more fun, and more hours spent in front of the TV trying to bet the underwater level in Super Mario. One of the hackers said that the console’s architecture is very permissive in terms of receiving hardware upgrades.
As a result, he said that he was able to attach a fully functional card reader to an NES Classic Edition. Before you start bursting of joy, we need to remind you that all these great console additions are non-official, which means that they are not approved by Nintendo.
Furthermore, we advise against modding your console, since there’s a great bricking risk.
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