Hacking

Nintendo reportedly delivers a secret message in the Famicom Mini

Written by Jaymin Shah

It is not surprising to find hacks on game consoles with the technology these days. However, there are only very few who would take the time to implant something in their consoles for hackers once they do.

The NES Classic and it’s Japanese counterpart are already incredibly cool — but you know what makes an awesome toy even better? A secret message. Apparently, developers that worked on the Famicom Mini emulator left a short, hidden message in the code: “Please,” it says, “don’t break everything!”

It’s a cute, tongue-in-cheek message that calls back to Nintendo’s history and acknowledges the passion that went into building the Classic consoles. “This is the hanafuda captain speaking,” it reads, referncing Nintendo’s original business of selling Hanafuda game cards. “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!”

The message is cute, but it’s also an subtle nod to the persistent modder community. The developer knew someone would break into the console eventually. Of course, they were right. Still, it’s a nice easter-egg for folks brave enough to fool around with the console’s code.

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Jaymin Shah

Jaymin Shah is a tech entrepreneur. He is the Founder & CEO of TechOptimals. He has made a name for himself in the tech media world as a writer relentlessly covering Technology, in addition to a broad range of startups. Contact Jaymin at jaymin@techoptimals.com

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