Nintendo’s nostalgia-fuelled Super NES Classic has been out for less than two weeks, but it’s already been hacked to add more games and custom backgrounds.
Photo by Nelo Hostuma.
Normally, the SNES Classic has a set default of 21 games, including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2, with set menus and backgrounds. The hack, which uses a Windows exploit program called hakchi2, allows you to add more games (or ROMs) to the system, apply custom background images to fill out the entirety of a 16:9 ratio screen, and enable a hidden “scanline” filter with a few tweaks.
The hack was designed by a Russian hacker known as “ClusterM”, who also figured out how to exploit the previously released NES Classic. Now hakchi2 will work for both systems. To use it, you just need to plug your system into a Windows computer using a micro USB cable, then run hakchi2 and follow the on-screen instructions. Keep in mind, however, that doing this may void your SNES Classic’s warranty. And not all SNES ROMs may work well on the device.