Nintendo is always full of surprises, but Switch owners may be shocked to learn that there's a secret game hiding on their video game console.
Ever since the Nintendo Switch was first released in March 2017, modders have been digging through the code, in search of clues about how the console works and what it could do in the future.
Now one of them appears to have discovered a copy of the classic 1984 NES game Golf installed on the Switch, hidden inside a system file labelled "flog", (that's "golf" backwards)
According to the modder, who goes by the screen name Yellows8 , the game is on every copy of the Switch, going back to system 1.0, and includes instructions specific for the Joy-Con controllers.
However, "It's unknown what exactly triggers launching this title," yellows8 wrote on SwitchBrew.org , a repository of hacking and file-system analysis for Nintendo's latest console.
The game appears to be residing in an area of the Switch's system software dedicated to NES emulation - suggesting that other NES games will be available to play on the Switch in due course.
Given the recent launch of the SNES Classic Mini , and the planned return of the NES Classic Mini next summer, Nintendo may be holding back its retro games from the Switch, to avoid cannibalising sales of its other consoles