Nintendo's mini SNES has already been hacked to run more games


Hacking the SNES Classic Mini, much like it did for the NES Classic Mini, means that you're able to load your own custom ROMs onto the machine and play them without issue.

To hack the system, all you need is a USB link to a PC and a free software tool.

Programmer Alexey Avdyukhin, known as ClusterM online, has found a way to add extra games to the retro console.

This exploit will not only allow for users to add new games, but also allows new features such as changing the background image in the UI, or tweaking the video filters that the SNES Classic provides.

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After downloading the (Windows-only) application and following the detailed instructions, Hakchi 2 will flash the kernel of your SNES Classic. Those are actually illegal to have, unless you happen to own physical copies of all the old games. Since I'm a purist, tampering with the SNES Classic doesn't seem right anyways. The process involves flashing the SNES Classic's operating system.

Hackers have taken just under a week to break through the lock on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition.

There's 260MB of free space on the SNES Classic, which should be enough room for around 100 games. Given that the SNES Classic Edition has most of the same off-the-shelf parts as its predecessor, it was only a matter of time before an SNES-friendly version came along. Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid, F-Zero, The Secret of Mana, and more.