Nintendo launched the NES Classic system in November with a paltry 30 games pre-installed, but it didn’t take long for people to figure out how to add more NES ROMs to expand the miniature console’s library. That being said, this exploit only allowed users to add about 30-40 more games, as the Classic’s memory simply wouldn’t allow for the NES’s 700 strong full library of titles. Apparently, YouTube user TootyUK took this as a challenge, as he found a way to put pretty much every single NES game ever released on the Classic.
As TootyUK explains in the video above, he used the Hakchi 2.11 tool, which allows for full ROM zip files to be used on the NES Classic, thus allowing for more titles to be crammed onto the system. That being said, the tutorial is 20+ minutes long, so the process isn’t necessarily quick. As with any type of hardware modding, you run the risk of bricking the system completely by attempting something like this, so it’s probably best to know what you’re doing first.
Having not tried TootyUK’s hack ourselves, we have no idea what the performance is like on individual titles, so we would love to hear from anyone who has tested this all out. One thing that is clear though is that Nintendo really dropped the ball by only putting 30 games on the NES Classic to begin with, as the modding community has now proven that the console could have handled many times that amount.