Sneaky Hackers Are Adding Hundreds Of Games To SNES Classic

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Oct. 29 2018, Updated 12:54 p.m. ET

When the Super Nintendo was released many years ago, it was an amazing piece of technology responsible for countless sibling fights over who had next turn.

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Fast forward to today, and nearly every one of us has a smartphone that puts the SNES to shame. It's just the exponential growth of technology. It's not Nintendo's fault, just the way the world works. I could fit not only every single SNES game on my phone, but NES, Genesis, Turbo Grafx 16, Neo-Geo, and pretty much all of my favorite Playstation and N64 titles just on my internal storage alone. Now if I got an SD card, then we'd be doing some real damage.

So when people bought the SNES classic, they were understandably upset that the box came with a limited number of titles. Are most of them timeless? Yes. Awesome? Of course they are. But that doesn't mean there weren't some glaring omissions. Thankfully, just like the NES classic before it, people figured out a way to hack the new retro console, giving you access to literally every game ever made for the Super Nintendo.

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OK, so the process of "side-loading" SNES roms on your shiny new console isn't exactly legal. Just as an important FYI.

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A lot of people also think that Nintendo knew people would be hacking the thing, anyway.

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Why else would they ship the system with 300mb of storage space and then only use 80mb of it? 

However, it could be because the publisher wants people to download them legally and pay for them to put on their devices. Which, realistically, is probably the real reason for the extra 220mb of space.

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And let's say you already paid for a bunch of SNES games and you don't want to hack them again, fret not, there are ways to legally port roms to your computer.

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After all, it's your data that you paid for, so it's not illegal. Now nothing can stop you from rocking TMNT: Turtles in Time with a clear conscience.

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Of course, you could always just make it yourself for less money. According to Nintendo's website, "the Super NES Classic Edition system looks and feels just like the original ’90s home console, except it’s super small." The machine plays around 20 classic games, along with the never-before-released Star Fox 2 game. Thee console retails for $79.99. 

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