It’s only been two weeks since the launch of the SNES Classic Edition and already, like the NES Classic before it, it’s been hacked wide open. Using the exact same exploit and method as the original NES Classic Edition hack (a tool by the name of Hackchi2), players can now add their own titles to the micro machine, going as far as supporting NES, Game Boy, and even N64 by utilizing a retroarch emulation add-on.

The strange thing about the hack is that it appears Nintendo really didn’t attempt to stop it. Just like the NES before it, players simply need to download a tool, plug in their SNES minis to PCs using a USB, and follow several very simple commands to get the ball rolling. With Nintendo’s anti-ROM stance, it’s odd that more security wasn’t implemented to make this method more difficult. While we don’t condone piracy in any way, we do think it’s important to note that players who want to make legal backups of their cartridges now have another option to play their games.

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Nintendo super fan since birth, Jason is the creator of Amiibo News and editor-in-chief at Nintendo Wire. One of his life goals is to provide the latest Nintendo news to fellow gamers with his natural know-how.

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