Nintendo's secret tribute to Satoru Iwata hidden in Switch firmware

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    Members of the Switch Developer community have recently discovered a hidden Easter egg in the Nintendo Switch firmware known as "flog" (golf backwards). Present in all versions, if the current date is July 11th (Iwata's death-day) and you detach both joycons and make his "direct" gesture, it will launch the NES title Golf (with a little voice clip of Iwata speaking), which is playable by 2 people using the joycons.

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    It must be noted that you cannot manually set the time to July 11th if your Switch has been connected to WiFi at ANY point, as the Easter egg goes by the network time, which does not relate to the system time as configurable by users. You may override this timestamp with homebrew/hacks, and has been proven to work consistently, but anyone on a newer firmware will not have access to this until they go public or wait until next year.


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  1. Jayro

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    So now we know how to trigger it, that's amazing!
     
  2. ProtoKun7

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    That's a sweet addition.
     
  3. Red9419

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    Woah, the guy in that thread was actually right.
     
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  4. B_E_P_I_S_M_A_N

    B_E_P_I_S_M_A_N can't think of anything creative to put here

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    It's honestly crazy what Nintendo can hide in their systems, and even crazier that people find this stuff out in the first place. My respect to the guys who found this, the guys who programmed it in, and to Mr. Iwata himself.
     
  5. Lukerz

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    Thats so freakin cool. I cant wait for next year!
     
  6. Sonic Angel Knight

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    I'm more shocked that game is chosen. WHY GOLF... cause FLOG? :wtf:

    Why not a good game like Super Mario Bros 3! :glare:
     
  7. hobbledehoy899

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    Because you have shit tastes.
     
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  8. SonyUSA
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    I think Iwata programmed Golf? Something like that
     
  9. Sonic Angel Knight

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    Oh, okay. If that the case, then I respect that. Thanks for the clean response. :)
     
  10. Abu_Senpai

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    Iwata was a legend RIP
     
  11. Lukerz

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    Any vids of people playing out yet?
     
  12. Orangy57

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    this sounds like one of those methods to unlock Luigi in super Mario 64
     
  13. sks316

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    Proof or it didn't happen. ;) /s
    In all honesty, a video would be nice.
    RIP Iwata, he was a legend.
     
  14. sarkwalvein

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    Fuck, I will have to take out the Delorean.
     
  15. perfecteagle

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    I can't get this to work myself. I have a 2.3 Switch that has never connected to WiFi or played any games and I cannot get this to run. Unless there is a button or something, or I'm on the wrong screen/doing the motion wrong... I did make sure the date was set to 7/11/17

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  16. Sasori

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    What is the direct gesture exactly ?
     
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  17. sks316

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    Have you never watched a Nintendo Direct?
     
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    A lot of us haven't seen it before iwata died. What is it?
     
  19. sarkwalvein

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    link
     
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