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The Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition launched with 30 games out of the box, but some gamers weren't pleased with what the system contained right out of the box, so they hacked the NES Classic to add more games.
Gamespot is reporting that there's a hack floating around for the NES Classic Edition that allows gamers to add more games to the library of games on the standalone system. The reason you have to hack games to the NES mini-console is because Nintendo had mentioned previously that there wouldn't be any way to add new games to the NES Classic Edition console.
The hack manages to extend the library from 30 games to 84. The hack seamlessly adds games to the library on the menu screen, including an extensive catalog of some classic NES games to the line-up. Some of these games include Batman, Batman: Returns, Burn Fighters, Castlequest, Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck to name but a few.
There's an awesome collection of games they added to the list. However, it's mentioned that if you add above 90 games to the library the NES Classic Edition crashes with a C8 error.
The hack was designed by various bright minds who put together a working wrapping tool that allowed users to add new ROMs to the NES Classic Edition's database. The tool was designed to exploit a savestate through Super Mario Bros, not unlike the softmodding method that could be exploited through the OG Xbox using the original Splinter Cell saved game, a USB connector and a memory card. It's an identical process with the NES Classic Edition, enabling gamers to connect the console to their PC, load up the hack tool and make your NES mini console readable on PC, and from there you flash the kernel and add in your ROMs.
It's possible to also have the cover images for the new games added automatically, giving the extra titles in the NES Classic Edition menu the same quality look as the titles that came bundled with the system.
The article goes on to report that over on a Reddit thread, there have been some reports of virus detection software labeling the hacking tool as malware. So they're suggesting for people to at least be aware of that issue, given that you could put your PC at risk. They do note that it might just be a false positive, given that a lot of tools that manipulate memory addresses get hit with virus/malware labels. This happens often in the cheat trainer community, where trainers that modify the memory addresses of games will be picked up by anti-virus software as potential malware.
So far, Nintendo hasn't issued a response about the softmodding taking place with the NES Classic Edition. More than anything, this shows a strong inclination from people to want to own more of Nintendo's classics. If the company hasn't already started, they should definitely consider releasing different versions with more games or mini-consoles based on the SNES or N64. Heck, an N64 mini-console would sell like crazy.
As for the NES Classic Edition hack... a lot of gamers are starting to make use of it to extend their library of games and get even more out of it than what they received with the initial 30 games that came with it.