Why Have Just 30 Games In Your NES Mini?

Why Have Just 30 Games In Your NES Mini?

Hackers discover how to increase the game limit on the NES Mini and make it easy for you to do it too!

The Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES Mini for short) was released just in time for the pre-Christmas rush of 2016.

Those who managed to get one enjoyed a trip down memory lane playing those classic Nintendo games from the 1980s. Unfortunately, Nintendo had limited the gaming system to thirty classic games. No more could be added to the system.

In the first week or so after the NES Mini’s release, a Japanese hacker by the name of urandom, managed to connect a PC to the console via a serial to USB connection and extract the files from it.

This was possible due to the NES Mini running a form of Linux. Linux’s open source rules, meant that Nintendo had to make public the source files for the console. From this, urandom was able to make a connection with the machine.

Since then hackers have discovered how to upload more games into the NES Mini and share their findings. A nifty piece of software has been written to enable anyone to do this very easily.

Entitled hakchi2 and described as “NES Mini very simple pimp tool”, this software allows anyone to connect a PC to their console and upload any games they like.

The system will only play NTSC (North American) released games and the American NES had around 700 officially released games, so there’s plenty to choose from.


Hakchi2 will also check and auto patch the ROM image files to ensure they work properly with the console, make sure the name is correct and find the corresponding box art from Google before uploading the information to the NES Mini.

Apparently, the NES Mini has around 300MB storage space for ROM images files. This is plenty of space as the North America NES collection clocks in at around 80MB!

Your only remaining problem is to find these ROM images for yourself as this is technically illegal, but in this day and age, not very hard to do.

Most importantly, Hakchi2 will allow you to backup the complete NES Mini before you start experimenting. This means is anything goes wrong, you can safely restore the console back to its factory settings. But as always with this kind of tinkering, you do so at your own risk!

Hakchi2 can be found here.

The Nintendo Classic Mini is out now…if you can find one!


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