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The SNES Classic Has Been Hacked To Add Hundreds Of Games

The SNES Classic Has Been Hacked To Add Hundreds Of Games
From Uproxx - October 9, 2017

The SNES Classic has a very well-curated, if incomplete, library of classic games for the console. But, for all the completionists out there, or all the people who dont want to fiddle with a Raspberry Pi and a bunch of emulator software, somebodys already figured out how to cram even more games onto the SNES Classic.

As PC Mag reports, the SNES Classic has the same hardware as the NES Classic, so hackers already knew what they were working with. If you know what youre doing, you can crack the system with a simple software tool (and a slight risk of ruining your system) and start adding games. Curiously, the SNES Classic has enough memory for up to three times as many games as it ships with, which makes us wonder if perhaps Nintendo has grander plans for the tiny little box. After all, its made a fortune selling classic games via the eShop and the Virtual Console.

Likely youre already wondering if this is legal, and thats a thorny question without any good answer. The short answer in most cases is no, but also nobody cares if you do it. A lot of old video games are classed as abandonware, kind of the digital equivalent of that ratty old building stuck in probate that lurks in every neighborhood. The vast majority of video games are made, released, and then forgotten, except by the fans whove played them and the people who bought them.

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