NES Classic gets a tool for custom ROMs thanks to hackers


  • JP

    I’m not one to judge but you might want to point out the potential legal issues when posting an article like this…

    • There are no potential legal issues stemming from this story…

    • Jason van de Laar

      I was wondering about that myself but this article doesn’t specifically give instructions, it just points to the link at Pastebin. It is technically legal to use ROMs of games you own with emulators. However most companies state that tampering with or reverse engineering of their hardware is prohibited so there lies the issue.

    • Bac0nTelevis0n

      I had a close friend running a ROM dump site from 1998 to roughly 2005 (which was shut down for legal reasons) while he ran a very successful IRC channel on Efnet simultaneously. There is nothing legal about it. I’m not a prude, but lets stop the misinformation on the topic. This is not a attack on you, this is for everyone to read, educate, and be familiar with the subject.

      As mentioned, its up to the user of the device to reverse engineer (expliot/hack/jailbreak or whatever stupid term kids are using these days) to run the image dump. This article just brings the information to the masses that such software now exists in the wild.


      Can I Download a Nintendo ROM from the Internet if I Already Own the Authentic Game?

      There is a good deal of misinformation on the Internet regarding the backup/archival copy exception. It is not a “second copy” rule and is often mistakenly cited for the proposition that if you have one lawful copy of a copyrighted work, you are entitled to have a second copy of the copyrighted work even if that second copy is an infringing copy. The backup/archival copy exception is a very narrow limitation relating to a copy being made by the rightful owner of an authentic game to ensure he or she has one in the event of damage or destruction of the authentic. Therefore, whether you have an authentic game or not, or whether you have possession of a Nintendo ROM for a limited amount of time, i.e. 24 hours, it is illegal to download and play a Nintendo ROM from the Internet.

      — Source: nintendo((.))com/corp/legal.jsp#roms

    • Bob Loblaw

      Calm your tits

    • JP

      Ya I don’t care who does and doesn’t use ROMs. My comment was directed at simply keeping users informed that what they are doing is not entirely legal. What they do with that information is their choice but it’s irresponsible for a site like MobileSyrup to not inform users of that.

  • Jonathan G.

    And now the issue becomes who is still selling these consoles (in store) that I can buy at a reasonable price?

  • Shogun

    It’s January already and still you can’t find this console anywhere save eBay where its marked up 200% over the retail price. Nintendo really bungled this up and the idea they are going to announce the Switch this month is laughable.
    A person is better off ordering an original console from an eBay seller for around $150 with a selection of games included than playing around with ROM’s and trying to tweak a device that isn’t designed for such, presents great risks for destroying it in fact and where its moot anyways since you can’t buy this thing anywhere.

    • Rev0lver

      OK. You’ve said this same comment on every article that’s mentioned Nintendo in the past two months. Everyone knows your opinion on the NES classic, no need to reiterate it.

    • dc2000

      Yeah, no kidding! shesh..

    • Shogun

      Revolver is a goof. Nothing to say about anything other than to troll me on stories. Pathetic really

    • Rev0lver

      Not as pathetic as “ignoring” me but responding to my comments anyway….

      Also, personal attacks are against the community guidelines. Try and control yourself sir.

    • Chug that haterade

      Pretty much the whole 60+ comment exchange between he and I in the other article was removed. Not sure why my comments were deleted as I didn’t make any inappropriate comments or personal attacks.

  • Victor Genova

    Gimme a SNES version if you want my money.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Best article yet.

  • Why is hackers in quotes?