ByCryss Leonhart, writer at Creators.co
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Cryss Leonhart

If you're eagerly waiting to hear more about the Nintendo Switch, perhaps you wouldn't mind a blast from the past. The Classic Mini: Famicom puts '80s gaming into the palm of you hand—barely.

Originally launching in Japan in 1983, the Famicom would eventually be released in North America and Europe as the Nintendo Entertainment System or NES, and we recently received our own Mini NES (well, some lucky people did). It was the console the restored faith in , and now fans have found a secret message in the Classic: Mini Famicon's code.

There's A Secret Message Hidden In The Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom

Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom puts 80's Japanese gaming into the palm of your hand - [Nintendo]
Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom puts 80's Japanese gaming into the palm of your hand - [Nintendo]

The Nintendo Classic Mini series is a love-letter to gaming and bite-sized consoles, jam packed with the games that defined the system and for many our childhoods, gems like:

  • Castlevania
  • Donkey Kong
  • Metroid
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Legend of Zelda
  • Kirby's Adventure
  • and many more...

Those are just a few examples of the surprises in store, but if you trawl the console's code, you can find a secret message tucked inside that relates to these days of yore:

A hidden message in the code for the Mini: Famicon - [Siliconera]
A hidden message in the code for the Mini: Famicon - [Siliconera]

Hanafuda refers to a series of playing cards, which were the first product sold by Nintendo when they opened their doors in 1889. Nintendo became famous for card games, which spurred them into the toy industry and eventually into video games, where they obviously slayed.

It's a heartwarming message that draws upon the legacy of Nintendo. What a company, and what an adventure they've been on.

If you're more excited about new tech, then keep an eye out for the Switch event in a couple of weeks. Until then, feed your nostalgia with the trailer for the Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom.

Would you pick up a Mini: Famicom or Mini: NES? Which design do you prefer?

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