Hidden Switch NES Game May be an Iwata Tribute

first_img Like most technology, the Nintendo Switch isn’t safe from hackers. One interesting thing homebrewers discovered within Switch’s code was an NES emulator called “Flog.” As it turns out, Flog is actually the classic NES game, Golf. Why is this game hidden on Switch? The title is apparently there as an elaborate tribute to late Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata.According to Ars Technica, every Switch on the market has Golf on it. Back in July, a user from a hacking forum reported that their Switch was inexplicably running Golf. When the user came back to the game, it had mysteriously disappeared. Lacking proof, the hacking community largely dismissed it. We now know otherwise.The game only runs on July 11. This is the same day Iwata passed away. Manually changing the date to July 11 will not work. It is only accessible on the actual date. On top of that, one needs to perform specific hand motions with detached joy-con controllers in order to activate it. The hand gestures are reminiscent of those made by Iwata during Nintendo Direct presentations.In the video below, you can see Golf running on Switch. This user was able to access it because their Switch was brand-new. Apparently, once Switch systems connect to the internet, the date saves internally. Even changing the date manually will not trick the system into thinking it is July 11. Very clever, Nintendo!You might wonder how Golf is a tribute to Iwata. Many know Iwata as the Nintendo president. Before that, he was a programmer, and Golf was one of the titles he worked on. Since Golf is in every Switch, a piece of code written by Iwata is also on every system. That’s beautiful, quite frankly.Nintendo has yet to confirm any of this, though it all appears legit. I guess we’ll have to wait until July rolls around again next year to play Golf on Switch ourselves.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch last_img