Remember the good old days when gaming used to be simple? Most of us who owned a classic Nintendo console surely recall what old school gaming meant – no game updates, no Internet connection required; you just had to plug in the console to your TV set, insert the cartridge, and start playing.
Released on the 18th of October 1985 the Nintendo console quickly became one of the most popular gaming consoles on the globe. A market study revealed that Nintendo managed to sell over 60 million consoles since its launch.
More than three decades later, Nintendo launched the NES Classic Edition, a tribute to the old timer who made us happy when we were kids. The NES console was released in November 2016 and featured a library of 30 pre-installed classic games such as Pac-Man, Mario Bros., Ninja Gaiden, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong.
Nintendo’s tribute was designed to be compatible with high-end TV sets and with WiiU, and all the games were remastered to be played on high resolutions. It also features a controller that closely resembles the console’s original gamepad.
It sounds all fine and dandy, but there’s only one downside to purchasing the NES Classic Edition – you could only play the pre-installed games, with no chance of installing new ones. That is a team of highly-skilled hackers managed to circumvent the console’s security features.
Nicknamed Madmonkey1907 and Honeylabs, the hackers announced via several Reddit posts that they were able to hack the console to run a rudimentary version of Ubuntu. Moreover, Madmonkey, who’s allegedly from Russia, said that was able to attach an SD card reader to a hacked NES console.
This may not sound as much, but an SD reader and Ubuntu could open the path to enriching NES’s gaming libraries. The guys were also able to use the console to install and play other Nintendo classics such as Bucky O’Hare, two Mega Man games not included in the original library, and, of course, River City Ransom.
All in all, the guys added 30 new games in the console’s library which means that you can play 60 games on a modded NES console. Honeylabs and Madmonkey1907 even uploaded step-by-step tutorials and modding tools to help others play great games.
Before jumping the gun to mode your console, do keep in mind that the procedure is potentially dangerous, as the console might brick. Furthermore, by doing so, you will void your warranty.