The Super NES Classic is a beautiful piece of nostalgia for a very good price. At only $79.99 for twenty classic Nintendo games and two extremely well-constructed controllers, the Super NES Classic is worth owning even if it couldn't be pwned. But happily, for us, it can be pwned to allow not only more Super Nintendo games to be installed, but to allow other emulators so we can play just about any game on it.

We will take you through the simple process of getting your console unlocked and ready to go. Step one is to have your SNES Classic and it's USB cable next to your PC ready to go and to install the Hakchi2 Software from ClusterM. Some people prefer to use the .ZIP file but we will use the .EXE version for this tutorial. Unfortunately, there is currently no Mac version of this so you will need to find a Windows PC to do it or use Bootcamp. Toold like Wineskin or a vitual PC emulation software like VirtualBox could theoretically work but he haven't tested those options.

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Initial PWN

  1. Install and open Hakchi2 from Github.

  2. Plug in your SNES Classic via the USB on your PC.

  3. Select Kernal and select Flash Custom Kernel.

  4. Follow on-screen instructions. Make sure to save your kernel to the cloud!

  5. Create a folder on your PC called ROMs.

  6. Use your ROMs in .zip file format.

  7. Find a cover art on Google or your prefered search engine (Bing has a surprisingly good image search).

  8. Press the Synchronise Selected Games button.

Flashing the Kernel

This is perhaps the most delicated part of the procedure and could potentially ruin the device. Do this at your own risk, but you already know that, and we aren't responsible if you do brick your SNES. If you follow the instructions you should be fine.

That being said, make sure your SNES Classic is plugged into the USB on your PC and the power is on. you should hear the familiar beeps of a driver being installed but don't worry if you don't, it will install later on. Next, in the Hakchi2 window select "Kernel" then "Flash Custom Kernel" from the drop-down.

From here you will see a pop up that explains everything you need to do. Follow this to the letter and it will be ok. The first time you do this you will see a command prompt screen appear to load the drivers automatically, if they haven't installed already, so don't worry as it's normal. A good rule of thumb I found is when that pop up disappears is a good time to release the reset button. That will allow the program to do its job.

And that's it! Your Super NES Classic is now ready to accept custom extra ROMs. Now, the internal storage of the SNES Classic is only 200mb and though that seems very small the average game ROM is only 1.5mb so there is plenty of room. Google is you friend in terms of getting your 100% fully legally obtained software ROMs to put on your console.

Installing ROMs

Once you have acquired the ROMs you need, installing them is very easy. Using the same Hakchi2 interface as before, select the "Add More Games" button and navigate to your ROMs folder. I suggest making a separate folder for them all to keep them from getting lost in the downloads. From there select the .ZIP file you want to use. Remember, the SNES Classic is built on the NTSC platform, not PAL so make sure your ROMs are NTSC or USA only.

Once you have chosen the ROM you have some options on the right-hand side. Normally they populate automagically from the info on the ROM so you don't need to change them but you can add your own cover art from a picture you have taken from the internet.

Making sure your Super NES Classic is still plugged in and turned on you can press the "Synchronize Selected Games" button and watch it install on your SNES. Once you have the games installed turn off your SNES, disconnect it from your PC and set it all back up on your TV and you are good to go!

To find the new games you will to navigate to the end of the line of original games and go into the folder there. From there you will see all of the cover art you used and can select the games to play, and play them!

Any other questions?

So thats it! A fairly simple way to maximise the Super NES Classics potential and let you play those amazing retro games we all know and love. If you have any questions or comments let us know below.