If you build it, they will mod it. Nothing is safe these days (really never has been). People will tinker and with the world wide web it makes it easier to tinker and mod. Most recent example: the famed NES Classic Mini. Did Nintendo really think it was safe from the general modding public? Did they really think no one would attempt to crack this miniature prison that has only 30 cells for classic games we all love? I have no idea what they were thinking. I’m still trying to figure out why they don’t make more (I mean, I get it but I don’t). Enough talking! What I’m trying to say is, yes, the NES Classic Mini has been hacked to add more games. At the end of the day it’s just an emulator. But the how is fun since it’s via a USB cable and some other technological trickery (not really). You can see video and entire steps on how to do this (at your own risk) over at the Reddit’s NESClassicMods Community. Or just build one yourself w/ a Raspberry Pi.
Speaking of mini things and modding…the NES Classic’s cousin the Mini Famicom has a nice little easter egg hidden in it’s source code. A simple message that 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!” Now, what makes this great is it’s a throwback message…a nod if you will (and you will!)…to the old console makers original business of selling Hanafuda game cards. Pretty cool and a nice touch for those that did break in…because as we all know…it was inevitable. [via: ArsTechnica & Engadget]