The Nintendo Famicom Mini Contains A Secret Message

The code has the truth.

Last year, we saw the release of the Nintendo Famicom Mini in Japan, while the West received the NES Classic Edition. The mini consoles come with a fixed, pre-installed list of games, but despite this limitations, retro fanatic fans quickly purchased Nintendo‘s product.

On Reddit, a discovery surfaced regarding the little console’s emulator (remember, you cannot use cartridges with the NES mini!), which is the following message:

„This is the hanafuda captain speaking. Launching emulation in 3..2..1. Many efforts, tears and countless hours have been put into this jewel. So, please keep this place tidied up and don’t break everything! Cheers, the hanafuda captain.”

What is hanafuda? It’s a reference to Nintendo‘s past: when it was founded, it was making hanafuda playing cards. Still, it’s a clever move on the big N’s end to hide such a message in the console.


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