What’s the last thing you did with your old consoles? Do you still play on them, or are they just collecting dust in a closest or storage unit somewhere? After all, it’s a lot simpler to just emulate an older game rather than dig up those old machines and hope you’ve got the right cables and adapters and all of the controllers work. So why not try something awesome with those older consoles. For as long as we’ve had computers, someone’s been making them do things they weren’t expected to do. Gamers are no different, and they’ve come up with some astonishing gaming hacks. Whether it is making the game do something really weird or turning the hardware to a different purpose, there’s no lack of creativity here.
4. RUNNING NETFLIX ON AN ORIGINAL NES
I beg your pardon? Well, for Netflix Hack Day, a Nintendo Entertainment System was turned into a glorious streaming center. Well, not very glorious looking, but it’s certainly an accomplishment.
Ok, it’s not actually running Netflix, sadly. The two Netflix engineers note that this is an unmodified NES, and you can read about how they did some of it, but it’s still a neat little hack.
3. RUNNING GAMES INSIDE OF A GAME
I’ve always thought that what Super Mario World really needed was the ability to run Pong and Snake. Ok, no, I’ve never thought that, but someone apparently did. TAS runs of games can come up with all kinds of glitches, as I’ve mentioned long ago. Looks like level 2 is the place for the hackers to go, as that’s where a bunch of seemingly random code was manipulated into the plumber running some classic games of his own.
There’s something a little disturbing about Pong with a severed head of our favorite Italian plumber, but I was honestly too busy being amazed to be worried about that.
2. STREAMING FROM YOUR COMPUTER TO A WII U GAMEPAD
The title says pretty much everything here. The video demonstrating this is 56 minutes long, so I’ve skipped to the demo around 47:20. The accent is a bit heavy, but it’s what he does we’re most interested in.
I’d be interested in buying a Wii U gamepad for this, despite not having the console. His demonstration is running the Dolphin emulator, but he mentions many things he’d love to do from this point onward. Certainly would be cheaper than getting an Nvidia Shield if I only want a handheld to stream games on.
1. TWITCH CHAT THROUGH THE SUPER GAME BOY
Much like the Super Mario World example above, this involves running code through the game in odd ways to get something else to happen. Instead of running a game however, this time the chat from a Twitch stream was loaded into Pokemon Red on the SNES Super Game Boy. Skip to around 8:20 in the video for the instant payoff, but the whole video is worth a watch.
I don’t know how people think of these things. Do they just decide on a goal and choose a random tool to do it with? But turning your old video games into something like this is beyond my ability to think of. Just wow.
There are tons of neat little hacks people have done with their consoles. I haven’t touched on homebrew things or console hardware mods yet, but perhaps another time. After all, this was a pretty Nintendo-centric posting. Surely someone has a neat hack they’d love to share though, right? Comment down below!