NES Classic Edition
The NES Classic Edition is a miniature remake of the iconic 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System. Facebook/Nintendo

The NES Classic Edition was one of the favourite tech gadgets to arrive in 2016, mainly due to the fact that it played some of the best and most beloved retro games of the original console’s era. But while it was popular, effective and cheap, hackers found the need to break into the system and include more titles into the same.

The main complaint about the NES Classic Edition was, arguably, that it only had 30 pre-installed games in the system. There was no way to connect to wifi in order to download more titles, and there were no other possible connections as well, except for the controller and power. And this is why hackers took it upon themselves to find a way to add more game titles -- and they have been successful.

But as Polygon has pointed out, the hack really has no bearing to the average NES Classic Edition enthusiast. The hack has some risk, which is only intensified for those that do not have much technical know-how. If the project were to fail, the entire console is in danger of not working again. And if this were to happen, the chances of being able to replace that console are slim to none.

The hack was inevitable, however, and a report by Business Insider hinted that Nintendo knew this would happen all along. The hackers apparently unearthed a message from the company while searching through its system.

"This is the hanafuda captain speaking. Launching emulation in 3… 2… 1,” the message began. “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."

Hanafuda is a Japanese playing card for a variety of games, which Nintendo has been manufacturing for years. The publication even pointed out that this is how the Japanese got its start, before moving on to video games, consoles and the NES Classic Edition.

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