Playing SEGA Genesis Games On The NES Classic Edition

By Michael Augustin , Updated Feb 13, 2017 05:17 PM EST

The most popular retro gaming console from Nintendo continues to get unofficial features from dedicated hackers. The NES Classic Edition normally comes with 30 games built-in, but with some software modifications, the gaming system can reportedly expand its library with more games. However, new reports have confirmed that hackers have struck once again, this time making it possible for the console to play SEGA Genesis games and reportedly more.

Nintendo Life reports that the game system is apparently easy to hack, which allowed enthusiasts to break the system's security in just a few weeks. Meanwhile, other Nintendo game systems took months and even years to bypass. The latest tweak allows users to run games from the SEGA console, Super Nintendo and Game Boy. It seems that the latest hack converts the simple game system into a very capable retro multi-system device.

It is quite obvious that hacking the NES Classic Edition to play downloadable ROMs might be unlawful. Sources suspect that if these kinds of hacks continue to become prevalent, It could probably affect Nintendo's plans of re-releasing some of its popular vintage gaming consoles. Meanwhile, it seems like the hackers have patched the system to run a special build of RetroArch, which is an emulator capable of running SEGA Genesis ROMs and more.

On the other hand, the Classic Edition's susceptibility for hacking and modding might have been the major selling point of the system, according to some speculations. Reports have analyzed that the retro gaming system is apparently selling six times as fast as the Nintendo Wii U, reports Game Rant.

Consumers can most likely recall how the NES Classic Edition was so hard to find during last year's holiday season. Retail stores were selling out stocks in a matter of minutes with restocks being sold even before they hit the shelves. However, even though the most recent hacks involving the emulators for the SEGA Genesis and others might affect Nintendo in the long run, it seems the company is still enjoying the massive sales of their retro video game system.

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