Last week we reported on Russian hacker Alexey 'Cluster' Avdyukhin's intention to modify his popular hacking tool hakchi2 to add support for the SNES Classic Mini.
He's stayed true to his word that this work would take around a week and now v2.20 of hakchi2 has been released which offers the following exciting features:
+ SNES Classic Mini support.
+ Automatic ROM conversion to special SNES Classic Mini's format. ~75% of games are working fine. You can use RetroArch mod for problem games.
+ For expert users: you can select SNES game and press Ctrl+Alt+E to show hidden Preset ID editor.
+ Individual profiles for different consoles, so you can use the same hakchi2 for both NES, SNES, Famicom and Super Famicom. You can select console type using "Settings menu".
+ 7-Zip compression support for all platforms and emulators. You can compress or decompress any game using only one checkbox.
+ Group operations. Now you can select multiple games in the main window, right click on them and do mass compression or mass cover downloading only for selected games. Hold control to select individual games.
+ For expert users: NAND dump, NAND-B dump and memboot features. Don't use it if you don't known what is it.
While we don't advocate the use of unofficial ROMs for the system, it is nonetheless an interesting development that raises the question over whether Nintendo should have released the NES and SNES Mini with integrated storage and official 'eShop' add-on options.
Let us know what you think of this update with a comment below. Will you be giving it a try or are you happy with the 21 games which come as standard on the SNES Mini?