Don’t Break Everything, Says Nintendo to Hackers

Nintendo has a hidden secret message to hackers in NES Classic Edition, and it’s pleading the hackers to keep its hardware tidied up

There is barely any console that have escaped from the hands of hackers, and Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition is no exception. But it seems like Nintendo was aware of it even before having the cute diminutive consoles bundled.

The company already knew that hackers will lay hands upon its coding at one point, and that’s precisely the reason why the makers have kept a secret message hidden in NES Classic Edition. In fact, the message is hiding in the console’s Japanese counterpart, the Famicom Mini emulator.

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The message was written by a programmer under the handle of ‘The Hanafuda Captain,’ which is a definite homage to the hanafuda cards that were sold by Nintendo before the company went on to become what it is today. Here’s what the message reads.

This is the Hanafuda captain speaking. Launching emulation in 3.. 2.. 1. Many efforts, tears and countless hours have been put into this jewel. So, please keep this place tidied up and don’t break everything! Cheers, the hanafuda captain.

Given below is the code that was originally posted by Twitter user bakueikozo. We are not sure if Nintendo is hiding the same message in NES Classic Edition.


Interestingly, Modders have already tried their hands upon the western edition of Famicom Mini emulator. So chances are that they could bump on similar message soon.

The message still shows the acceptance of Nintendo for the modding community. And that’s despite the fact that Nintendo’s message actually warns users to not breaking anything, .

Recently, modders from Russia have managed to hack the NES Classic Edition and load up to 30 additional games besides the 30 NES games that comes pre-installed by using a PC and USB cable. The process is a bit complex though. Check the below video to know more.


Author: Akhil Unnikrishnan

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