Hidden Switch Nes Emulator Is An Amazing Tribute To Satoru Iwata


The recently discovered NES emulator hidden in every Nintendo Switch console actually serves as an incredible tribute to Satoru Iwata.

As detailed on the Switchbrew wiki (via Ars Technica), Switch hacker yellows8 discovered the "official" way to unlock the emulator and a modified copy of 1984's NES Golf, which can only be done on July 11, the same day the fourth president and CEO of Nintendo passed away in 2015.

"The loaded date originates from network-time-sync'd time, regardless of whether the user has it enabled or not," yellows8 explains, meaning that if your console has ever been connected to the internet, the emulator knows the correct date and time and can't be unlocked by manually changing the system's date to July 11.

Switch owners who have not yet connected their console to the internet have been able to access the emulator and share video footage. The motion to unlock the game appears to be the same "Direct" hand motion Iwata made during each Nintendo Direct. Additionally, a voice clip of Iwata can be heard when the game launches.

As previously reported, the hidden NES emulator (called "flog") runs a modified version NES Golf that supports Joy-Con motion control, allowing the player to swing by holding down L or R and making a physical swinging motion.

Photo Attribution: Official GDC

Source: IGN


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