You Can Now Hack the Mini SNES Classic For Yourself

By Tom Pritchard on at

If you were lucky enough to get your hands on Nintendo's miniature SNES classic, you may have heard how it's just as hackable as its predecessor. Well now, if you want to, you can tinker with its innards yourself. Or, because let's not kid ourselves, play illegal ROMs.

Before we start, be warned: tinkering with your miniature console like this will void your warranty.

The final version of Hakchi2 has just been released by hacker ClusterM, and is simple enough for just about anyone to use. It'll walk you through all the steps you need to tinker with your box, which is basically a glorified Raspberry Pi-type device, and opens up an extra 300MB of storage that can be used to add new games. If you're happy downloading ROMs that you haven't paid for (not that Nintendo will let you pay for most of them anyway).

What it won't do, however, is tell you where to find ROMs to install, though it will automatically convert them into a format the SNES Classic can understand. On top of that you can also use the software to program in a button combination that resets the console without having to manually hit the reset button.

TechRadar points out, however, that the European SNES Classic perform better with US-region (NTSC) ROMs. That's because they're all tuned to support the US standards, even if it isn't the blocky purple monstrosity available in the States.

If tinkering sounds like fun to you, you can find all the instructions on how Hakchi2 works here. [TechRadar | Kotaku UK]

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