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The Mini Famicon has a secret message for hackers buried in its code

by Joey Davidson | January 9, 2017January 9, 2017 2:30 pm PST

Folks are figuring out how to hack Nintendo’s new microconsoles. The NES Classic was cracked over the weekend, and hackers have loaded it up with NES games of their choice.

Hackers are doing the same to Nintendo of Japan’s Mini Famicom, too. Only, they’re running into a hidden message once they dive into the microconsole’s source code. The image below popped up in a thread on Reddit. In case the image is a touch too small, here’s what it says.

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.


Who is this captain hanafuda person?

The unidentified coder surely left this message in place for hackers who aim to tweak the source code of the Mini Famicom for their own purposes. I just want to know who “captain hanafuda” is, quite honestly.

Hanafuda, if you don’t know, is the name of a Japanese card game. Before getting into video games, Nintendo used to make Hanafuda cards. Whoever captain hanafuda is, they’re clearly making a reference to Nintendo’s past.


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...