If you managed to get your hands on an NES Classic Edition this holiday season, you may already be tired of the 30 classic games pre-installed on the system by now. Nintendo has made clear that the tiny replica NES will not officially receive new games, especially with no WiFi protocol to download them. But that hasn't stopped budding hackers from scoffing at Nintendo's claims and adding games their own way.
This week saw separate hackers in Japan and Russia figure out soft-mod solutions to adding new games to the NES Classic. This means you don't need to grab a screwdriver or a soldering iron to mod yours.
UPDATE 1: Apparently, the UI is limited to 60 games.
As this exploit has only been in the wild for less than a day, we've yet to confirm exactly how many commercial and homebrew games are compatible with the NES Classic's default emulator. But proof-of-concept videos have already shown classics such as the Mega Man series running without a hitch. (Interesting choice of game there, considering how badly Capcom butchered a nostalgic Mega Man launch this week.) Nintendo could have coded this emulator with the most basic routines, after all, as opposed to supporting the system's full array of capabilities and abnormalities.
UPDATE 2: It might not be limited to 60?
UPDATE 3: Here's a new tool that some are using to swap games in and out. There have been some reports that is contains malware, but it seems only Windows Defender complains. Use at your own risk anyway.
HAKCHI2 TOOL REDDIT: https://www.reddit.com/r/nesclassicm...ftmod_hakchi2/
hakchi2 tool on this thread worked great!
I uploaded a handful of NES games to the classic, and works perfect.
Hakchi 2.02 released
Just from looking at it, it seems this release allows you to set the number of players as well as whether or not they're simultaneous - I think this is just for the UI to change the color of the "2P" icon.
It appears a lot of fixes were made to the process of actually flashing the custom kernel file, so those that had errors with the previous version might find this version useful.