It should come as no surprise that the Nintendo Classic Mini has already been hacked. The system comes with 30 games pre-installed but determined hackers have managed to figure out a way to get more games onto the system. It appears that Nintendo knew that it would only be a matter of time before this happened, and hid a secret message for any would-be hackers inside of their diminutive console.
This message was left by a programmer who goes by the handle of “The Hanafuda Captain.” The Hanafuda name is an homage to the hanafuda cards that Nintendo used to sell before becoming a video game company.
Here is what the message says:
“This is the Hanafuda Captain speaking. Launching emulation in 3…2…1. Many efforts, tears and countless hours have been put into this jewel. So, please keep this place tidied up and don’t break everything! Cheers, the Hanafuda Captain.”
The code was posted on Twitter by user bakueikozo:
— ひろみつ(85.1kg) (@bakueikozo) January 6, 2017
Getting more games onto the NES Classic involves uploading one’s console memory to their PC, adding in extra ROM