Switch Has Hidden Game, Could Be Tribute to Satoru Iwata

Pablo Tucker
September 21, 2017

Satoru Iwata programmed NES Golf during his tenure at HAL Laboratory as part of his early work for Nintendo before he moved into the president's chair in 2000. Its existence was unclear and led to a bit of speculation, such as whether an NES emulator could be eventually launched for the console, but as it turns out the reason could be a lot more touching than you think. When the user came back to the game, it had mysteriously disappeared. For starters, your console must be on the initial firmware version (1.0.0) and be set to July 11. The emulator itself was called "Flog", and seemed to be tied to two things: the date July 11, and a specific gesture that needed to be made with the Joy-Cons. It is only accessible on the actual date. Unless you've got the skills and willingness to go poking around in the system code, now the only way to start the game is to perform a specific motion with the Switch's Joy-Con controllers. And the motion laid out in the code's numbers, he said, appeared to match Iwata's famous Nintendo Direct gesture. Each person probably has a different answer, but you could do worse than having a secret video game hidden in millions of homes all over the world, dedicated just to you. First off, you can't get around this by manually switching the system's time and date to play this if you've already connected the system to the internet as the system will know the real date. Within Nintendo, Iwata was a figurehead who helped guide the company to many of its greatest successes, and he would have been an influence on Nintendo's Switch - which was known at the time of his departure as the NX. "So the idea is [that] Nintendo embedded Iwata's game to watch over every unit", he explained. Prior to heading Nintendo, Iwata was a programmer, working on games like EarthBound, Pokemon and Super Smash Bros. That's lovely, quite frankly.


A digital copy of 1984 game "NES Golf" has been tucked away inside the chips and circuit boards of each and every Nintendo Switch console, even adapted for use with the newer machine's detachable controllers.


Nintendo has yet to confirm if this is deliberate, even if all information does suggest that this is the case.


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