Nintendo’s new, miniature video game console was a hit during the holiday season – so much so that it was sold out in most places.
That makes a lot of sense: The NES Classic Edition is a $60 game console packed with 30 of Nintendo’s most iconic titles. The entire original “Super Mario Bros.” trilogy and the first two “Legend of Zelda” games are among those 30. And have you seen how adorable that thing is?
It’s a near-perfect re-creation of the original Nintendo Entertainment System from the 1980s, controllers and all.
Since the NES Classic Edition launched in November, fans who were able to find one have had only two major complaints:
The controller is wired, and the wire is too short (at just around 3 feet). There are hundreds of NES games, and only 30 are in this package. More games, please!
The first problem is easily remedied using inexpensive third-party solutions like Nyko’s Miniboss wireless gamepad.
The second problem, however, is a bit more difficult to fix. The NES Classic Edition console doesn’t have an internet connection, and the cartridge slot is just a visual effect – in short, there’s no official way to add more games to the console.
But hackers have found a way, as they are wont to do.
By plugging the console into a computer using a USB cable – putting it into what is essentially a developer or production mode – and uploading ROMs to the console, it can reasonably run more games than the initial 30 it comes with.
How many more games? One YouTube user managed to load just over 50 games onto his console, including box art. The result is an NES Classic Edition with 84 games in total, nicely organized and still workable as a normal console. Even features like save states still function.
Of note: The process violates the warranty, and you have to use software that isn’t what we’d call trustworthy. This is very much an “at your own risk” situation.