There’s a very good chance that if you’re reading Geek.com you were already excited about the launch of the NES Classic Mini. Here’s some more exciting news: it’s actually a Linux PC, and it may also be hackable.
Gamespot’s Peter Brown took apart the Classic Mini to see what made it tick. He was a more than a little disappointed by what he found – that the Mini’s flash memory was soldered directly to the mainboard. That seemed like bad news since it meant that unless you had a fairly light touch with a soldering iron that you wouldn’t be augmenting the Mini’s default stash of 30 games.
Unless you want to desolder flash memory from the motherboard, looks like it’s impossible to add new games to NES Classic. pic.twitter.com/jc99WSrNJj
– Peter Brown (@PCBrown) November 2, 2016
Others aren’t ready to give up hope just yet. CNX Software noticed what appears to be a pad for a UART port. The solder pads are nice and big, and certainly easier to solder safely. So even though there’s no micro SD or SD card slot or USB port on the Classic Mini, there may still be a way to mod it.
Also helpful: the availability of a full Linux OS directly from Allwinner, the company who provided the quad-core processor that powers the NES Classic Mini. There’s also code for supporting the chip in mainline Linux.
That certainly doesn’t guarantee that someone is going to be able to figure out a way to modify the tiny Nintendo re-issue… but it’s something to keep an eye on. As Lloyd Christmas said, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance. YEAH!”