Ever since the Nintendo Entertainment System: Classic Edition was first announced, its design seemed somewhat limiting. The replica console came with thirty pre-installed games, including several classics like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, but no other games could be played on the system, which disappointed many old-school Nintendo fans. After the NES Classic was released, many people started hacking the system to make it play more NES games. Now, fans have gone even further and modified the console to make it run games for the SNES, Game Boy, SEGA Genesis, and more.

Over the past few weeks, a large community of NES Classic modders has appeared
on Reddit. They’re been creating tons of tools for hacking the system and have enjoyed great results, as it’s now possible for a regular fan to make the NES Classic run ROMs of games made for other consoles. In the video above, you can watch the NES Classic emulate the Game Boy’s Metroid II: Return of Samus, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX from the Game Boy Color, Pitfall! from the Atari 2600, Sonic the Hedgehog from the SEGA Genesis, and even Super Metroid, which was originally released on SNES.

This was all accomplished using a program named Hakchi2, which was built by several NES Classic modders, most prominently “madmonkey” and “pcm720.” You can learn more about the program
here; it’s relatively easy to install and lets you play all kinds of games on NES Classic. You can also watch a quick tutorial on the installation process here.

What do you guys think? Do you own an NES Classic, and would you consider modifying it to play these games? Let us know in the comments below!

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Fernando Trejos
I am seventeen years old (born July 22nd, 1999), I was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica, and I have been working at Gamnesia since September 2013 (shortly after I turned fourteen). If you need to contact me for any reason, try my personal email: [email protected]


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