Last year, Nintendo’s NES Classic proved to be a decent little modding system, provided you could find one at retail. While the Allwinner R16 SoC isn’t particularly powerful by modern standards, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU is far more horsepower than you need to run NES games. The Super NES Classic that Nintendo released last month uses exactly the same SoC, with the same controller outputs and the same ports. You can even plug an NES Classic controller into an SNES Classic, though obviously that won’t do you much good if your game uses more than two buttons to play.
The Russian hacker ClusterM has updated his hakchi2 mod to include support for the SNES Classic, including automatic ROM conversion for files that aren’t already in the SNES Classic’s default format (the author recommends users with incompatible games check out the RetroArch mod for those titles). The benefits of Hakchi2 are that you can now play NES and SNES games on the same console, though Ars Technica notes it’s proving more difficult to bring certain games online for the SNES than the NES. While there were apparently some enhancement chips in specific NES games, the SNES relied on them far more often, and some games may simply be glitchy under Nintendo’s emulation method.
Hacked consoles also have the option to load new backgrounds to display while playing 4:3 games on a 16:9 television, since Nintendo only included a few of these (one pictured above). There’s also the option to tweak Nintendo’s antialiasing filter methods, or to add CRT scanlines without also using pixel blur. Blurred presentation and shimmering in some games is a known complaint on certain SNES titles, though all the reviews we’ve seen have been quite positive overall.
Nintendo has promised to keep the SNES Classic in stock much more effectively this year than it did with the NES Classic last year, and to bring the latter back to store shelves in 2018. It’s too early to know if the company will keep that promise, but hopefully they will. This has been a banner year for Nintendo, with the Nintendo Switch selling more than the PS4 and Xbox One multiple times since it went on sale. Some of that is to be expected, given Sony and Microsoft are both refreshing original designs as opposed to launching completely new platforms. But it’s a stark change from the Wii U era, when even the platform’s best games–and it had some good ones–couldn’t move the dial on unit shipments.
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