The NES Classic has been a hot item ever since its debut, and despite the fact that it only offers a set number of games for players to indulge in, it remains a massive hit. It goes for several hundreds of dollars on eBay, sells out within minutes when it’s stocked at retail stores, and remains a coveted item for gamers looking for a rush of nostalgia.
But it’s not without its share of problems. Its main issue is the fact that it simply won’t allow you to add your own games. There isn’t an option to pay for additional content, either. So if and when you finish all 30 games the system has to offer out of the box, you’re out of luck, at least as far as the system itself goes.
So that’s why, two months after the NES Classic debuted, a group of hackers has unlocked the system and have been experimenting with adding more games to its onboard storage. It’s a pretty involved process. You might brick the system if you try to undertake it. But there are some very clear, easy-to-understand steps that you can try left by the hacker group themselves. They offer a disclaimer letting you know that you may well render your system useless, so make sure you pay attention to that before trying to mess with your little chunk of Nintendo gold.
You can check out some of the games added, like River City Ransom, Battletoads, Metal Gear, Darkwing Duck, Bucky O’Hare, and more. It’s an impressive feat to be sure, but there’s the question of why you’d risk messing up your rare NES Classic you paid good money for when you could just use a Raspberry Pi emulator or something to that effect since that’s essentially what’s been done here, but you can’t argue with all the hard work that went into making this possible.