If you are the proud owner of the new, shiny, and old school NES Classic console, then you will be delighted to know that the console’s library has just been updated to include 30 new titles like River City Ransom, Mega Man, and Bucky O’Hare. That’s the good news.
The bad news that this one of those under-the-counter things that are good for the community and bad for the company. What we mean is that the console’s library has been updated to include new titles after a Russian and a Japanese hacker managed to circumvent the console’s security protocols.
Although we usually don’t approve of piracy, we have to say that this one act that will surely make the ever-growing Nintendo community very happy. You are probably asking yourself right now why is this such a big deal.
Let’s see the facts. Last year in November, Nintendo announced the launch of the NES Classic Edition, the one and only console on which we used to play so many games when we were kids. The NES Classic Edition had everything it needs – classic titles, high-resolution support, and a controller that feel like the original.
The only caveat to buying this console is that you could only play those pre-installed games. Granted it has 30 titles, but there are many great games which were not included in the initial compilation.
Of course, it wasn’t long until someone caught wind of this, and decided to make amends. And so, the two hackers known as Honeylabs and Madmonkey1907 burned the midnight oil and announced via a couple of Reddit posts that they were able to mod the device.
Not only this, but they were also able to install a crude version of Ubuntu, greatly useful for installing other stuff. Also, one of them declared in the same Reddit post that he was able to install an SD card reader on an NES Classic Console, which can greatly boost the console’s game library.
After their tampering, the console’s game library includes over 60 titles, and more are on the way, according to their statement. Also, to give a helping hand to those who want to experience even more Nintendo classics, the two hackers uploaded several modding tools and, of course, a comprehensive tutorial on how to hack an NES Classic Edition console.
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