Nintendo Has a Message for NES Mini Hackers

After someone figured out how to hack Nintendo’s NES Mini, as detailed by Ars Technica, Nintendo has a little surprise in store. It seems the company was expecting such well-intentioned tomfoolery, after all nothing seems to be immune to hacking these days. Within the Mini’s system’s code lies a secret message, just for those who broke through the console’s security.neshackedmessage10jan20171211

Posted by Twitter user bakueikozo, the full message reads: “this is the hanafuda captain speaking. 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! Cheers, the hanafuda captain.”

It is signed by an unnamed programmer using the alias “The Hanafuda Captain”, in reference to the Japanese hanafuda playing cards which Nintendo once sold before investing more heavily in video games instead. Clearly this programmer has been with Nintendo for quite some time.

This reminds me of the N64 days to be sure, when cheats or exploits were more than likely inserted into the game on purpose. Like the unlimited lives for Super Mario 64, which for the American version simply required a set of moves the player could easily discover on their own. Not a cheeky message, but nonetheless this is just like Nintendo to get one over its fans.

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