Just hours after launch, Nintendo’s retro revival of the Game & Watch brand has been hacked!
Boasting a full-colour version of Super Mario Bros., the new Game & Watch looks just like the retro LCD handhelds. There’s a D-Pad, A and B buttons, and the usual menu/start/select options. While it may not fold in half, it’s compact enough to carry anywhere. It’s rechargeable, via a USB-C port.
Launching on November 13th 2020, this exciting little console – retailing for around £50 – has already been hacked. Twitter user @ghidraninja recorded a device teardown, and discovered that the ROM encryption could be bypassed. To add to the excitement, the device shipped a day before release! Copying at this stage isn’t recommended without the right tools.
Want to learn more? Expand the thread below to see how the Nintendo Game & Watch Super Mario Bros. edition was hacked.
My Nintendo Game and Watch arrived a day early! Let’s tear it down and see how it works – and how easy it is to hack it! pic.twitter.com/Pz05EEVyIO— stacksmashing (@ghidraninja) November 12, 2020
It shouldn’t be long before the affordable new retro handheld device is playing Doom and other games…
Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine and MakeUseOf.com.