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Nintendo NES Classic Hack Adds Library Of 700 Games With Customizable Home Screen Shortcut [VIDEO]


The Nintendo NES Classic Edition console can have a library of 700 games or so via a hacker app, the Hakchi 2.11. Other noteworthy feature in the app includes a customizable gamepad shortcut minus the inconvenience of manually pressing the reset button to return to the home screen.

The Nintendo NES Classic Edition is a miniaturized version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System launched in the 1990s. The classic edition is specially designed for old fans of the NES, which is why the console comes complete with a replica controller. Moreover, it is preloaded with 30 classic games like "Mario Brothers," "Metroid," "Final Fantasy," "Castlevania" and "Zelda."

Younger players have also become easily attached to the NES Classic, which is a convenient plug and play device with a solid User Interface. Late last year, a hacker's tool called Hakchi came out enabling NES Classic owners to add more games than the preloaded ones.

Just recently, Youtube user TootyUk posted a video demonstrating how to add an extensive number of games into the palm-sized console. TootyUK used Hachi 2.11, which was initially a complex tool but was later on streamlined into an app.

Hakchi 2.11 allows full ROM zipped files to be used from all areas on the NES Classic. The 20-minute video detailed the process, which is not altogether a difficult one to follow, Cinema Blend has learned. The process consists of backing up the internal storage then replacing it with a modified version that includes new ROMs.

The Nintendo NES Classic Edition hack now adds almost the entire library of 700 games intended for the consoled from all regions. However, a hacker's tool faces some legality issues. Owning ROMs is not necessarily illegal for as long as owners use a for-pay version of the game being used as a digital file.

Nonetheless, Nintendo NES owners are warned that hacking the console could result in potential damages, not to mention warranty void. A noteworthy feature that does not fall into legal gray area is the addition of a home screen shortcut.

The Nintendo NES Classic hack is able to flash the system via a simple USB connection and allow customizable controller shortcut. The default arrow down then select returns the game to the home screen without manually pressing the reset button. Tech observers say that Nintendo may have intentionally included the access for future fixes and improvements according to Polygon.

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