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Switch users have hacked Controller Pak support into N64 games


NeoGAFs Kent Brockman

The Controller Pak was essentially the N64’s memory card. This was placed in the slot at the back of controller so players could save game data in titles that didn’t save directly to cartridge.

A Controller Pak was initially necessary for many earlier N64 games, especially third-party games.

Although most of the games on Switch Online’s N64 app at launch were those that saved onto cartridge, WinBack instead saved to the Controller Pak, meaning players wishing to save their game currently have to create a system save state instead.

Mario Kart 64 also saved ghost data to a Controller Pak, meaning there’s currently no official option to save ghosts on the Switch Online version.

According to datamined files of Switch Online’s app, Controller Park functionality has long been present in Switch’s N64 emulator, but for some reason, the support remains deactivated.

On Friday, recognised community hacker LuigiBlood shared instructions on how the missing data string they believed would turn on support, and another user with a hacked Switch proved that it worked.

Twitter user Dr.18 shared a video showing the Switch Online version of Mario Kart 64 allowing them to successfully save a time trial ghost.

However, they said the saved file disappeared as soon as they restarted the game, and the hack is seemingly not possible to do on a retail Switch.



I am a virgin
inb4 their config files for games have an object for clock speed that's easily manipulated for over or under clocking software
That they don't use properly


So you're telling me Nintendo literally has the feature in the emulator and just keeps it disabled because....?
My guess is Nintendo have it disabled because its not been officially tested with the games they have released, or a rare bug had cropped up and didn't want to delay the service
Or maybe some third party patent they don't want to license
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