Nostalgia hits gamers once again as Nintendo releases the snes classic edition system. Just like its predecessor, the NES Classic Edition, the new device brings back software from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System platform. Furthermore, it entices consumers with the inclusions of the never-before-released “Star Fox 2” exclusively on the retro console. However, just like last year’s model, the console comes with a limited number of classic software. Unlike other third-party devices available in the market, the system does not allow users to access their old game cartridges.

This seems inconvenient for some people, but hackers have once again gained access to its core and tweaked its capabilities.

Nintendo's SNES Classic Edition

According to Gamespot, the hackers have exploited a tool called HackChi (the same tool used to hack the NES Classic Edition previously) to move games into the retro console. Using a PC, owners can apparently maximize the built-in 300MB of internal storage on the SNES Classic Edition, which is surprisingly large given the small portion occupied by the officially included games. Moreover, gamers can apparently include box art and more to make it seamlessly blend in with the built-in software. So far, it has been noted that owners can fit in more than 200 games and even run other games using emulators.

Missing function added

While the retro game system works seamlessly based on consumer feedback, it appears that the manufacturer overlooked a certain function. The device reportedly lacks a dedicated home button to access the system menu. In the current setup, gamers need to press a dedicated button on the console itself in order to access the options.

Users have the option to plug in Wii Classic controller and use the home button, which seems troublesome if you don’t have one lying around. It has been confirmed that the hack also allows device owners to assign a button shortcut to access the system menu via the controller.

Risks and legality

Users should carefully consider the possible problems that might happen if they choose to hack their console.

There is a real chance that an incorrect procedure could permanently brick the system. Furthermore, downloading ROMS of games that you do not personally own is considered illegal. There might be some websites that offer the software, but the risk of downloading a virus instead of the intended item is also a possibility. It remains to be seen of Nintendo has made good on their promise to have enough stocks of the SNES Classic Edition this holiday season.