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The NES Classic Can Be Hacked to Add More Games

If you were one of the fortunate fans who managed to snag a NES Classic this holiday season, there’s now some hope that you may be able to get more NES games. Hackers have discovered a way to add additional titles to the NES Classic without tearing open the miniature console recreation. However, it may not be advisable for a few reasons, including the fact that it may brick your NES Classic if you make a mistake along the way.

Ars Technica is reporting that hackers in Japan and Russia have independently discovered a method to add games by connecting the NES Classic to a computer through a micro-USB cable. There’s more information about the hack on Reddit, but again, we have to point out some of the inherent problems. For starters, unless you actually own the original NES games and have the hardware and software to upload the ROMs from them, then there really aren’t any easy legal ways to acquire them.

The accompanying video posted at ARCADERU’s YouTube channel provides a tantalizing glimpse of the possibilities, with titles like Mega Man, Darkwing Duck, Battletoads, Bucky O’Hare, and others. The hackers reportedly managed to add an additional 30 titles to the NES Classic, and the video seems to prove that claim. However, it’s very possible that Nintendo could figure out a way to block this hack on future shipments of the NES Classic, if the company still plans to catch up with the demand.

That said, what we really want to see is Nintendo adding an official update to the NES Classic to let gamers legally buy the additional titles. We don’t want the current NES Classic owners to be left out, but it would make things a lot easier if the next iteration of the NES Classic had a more straightforward way of adding games. There’s clearly still a market for these retro titles, and it would be money left on the table for Nintendo to pass up the opportunity to give the fans what they want.

What games would you like to add to the NES Classic? Share your picks in the comment section below!

Image: ARCADERU

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