Tribute to Satoru Iwata Hidden in Nintendo Switch

The former Nintendo CEO's legacy lives on...

By Robert Marrujo:: Hackers love to root around in code. Whether it's the code of a game, a system's firmware, or something else, fans get a kick out of seeing what gems can be mined that have been hidden away from the eyes of the average fan. One such secret that was recently unearthed is a seeming tribute to former Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata.

Located inside of apparently all Switch consoles is a version of the NES game Golf, which was coded by Iwata himself. It was a legendary feat for the young programmer, who was able to get all of the game onto one of NES's measly game cartridges. It seems that in order to access the game, fans must input a specific gesture with the Joy-Cons that's similar to Iwata's famous Nintendo Direct hand motioning towards the camera.

Iwata passed away following a battle with cancer on June 11, 2015. The unlock seems to be activated if the Joy-Cons are put through the proper motions on that date. Switch owners who have already connected their consoles to the internet and done a system update aren't able to fool the computer into thinking it's July 11 and activating the game. There's also been no word from Nintendo as to whether or not this game was meant to be seen by fans, if it will be distributed or announced in the future, and so on.

Still, it's a very interesting tribute if indeed that's what the inclusion of Golf on Switch is. The game was discovered when hackers uncovered an NES emulator in the Switch called "Flog", which is, of course, "Golf" backwards. We'll keep you posted as this story develops!

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