The SNES Classic Edition, or Super Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo Classic Mini, comes with 21 games that you can play. The device is not extensible, which means that you cannot play your original SNES game cartridges on it, nor purchase additional games online or in stores.
While the selection is quite good for the price, especially when compared to how much an original SNES would cost with all the games included, you may at one time have a thirst for more games, apps or demos.
The most recent version of hakchi2, a GUI for hakchi, a tool that allowed you to hack the NES Classic Mini to add custom ROMs to the device, supports the SNES Classic Mini now as well.
Basically, what you can use it for is to prepare the SNES Classic Mini so that you can load custom ROMs on the device using Windows Explorer. The process requires no soldering or opening of the device.
Note: The process is not without dangers. While it is difficult to brick the device, it is certainly possible that this may happen.
The process of hacking the SNES Classic Mini is straightforward. Here are the steps that you need to undertake:
The SNES Classic Mini has about 300 Megabytes of storage, of which about 80 Megabytes are occupied already by the included games, save games and other things the system ships with.
ROMs range anywhere from a couple Kilobytes to several Megabytes so that you can add quite a few ROMs to the device without impacting functionality (if you fill it to the brim, space to save the state may not be available anymore).
That's all there is to the process. You can access the custom ROMs that you added to the device during the process like any of the games the system ships with.
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