Remember how home-brewers found Golf for the NES hidden in the Switch’s firmware? Well, we now have a good idea as to why Nintendo’s developers put it there, and it’s pretty darn sad.
It seems that Golf is on the Switch as a tribute to the late, great Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who early in his career programmed Golf while working at HAL Laboratory, the studio that would go on to develop the Kirby and Smash Bros. series.
In order to unlock Golf on the Switch, players must detach both Joy-Cons and make a simple hand gesture, an apparent reference to the hand gesture Iwata would make at the beginning of every Nintendo Direct he hosted. If done successfully, a voice clip of Iwata will trigger and the game will boot up. The saddest part is that the console’s date must be set to July 11th, which is the date in 2015 when Iwata passed away.
Unfortunately, if you want to try this yourself, you must have console that has never downloaded a system update, as it appears right now the firmware must be version 1.0.0. That means that while you can manually set the date to July 11th on your Switch, unless it’s version 1.0.0, it probably won’t work.
Fortunately, being the suspicious folks that we are, we can confirm that it’s real, because we had an unopened Switch in the office and tested it ourselves. Following the directions in this video, we actually triggered Golf on the Switch, as seen in this photo:
So there you have it. The mystery of the hidden Switch emulator has finally been solved, and it turns out that it’s not a hint at the Classic Game Selection or Virtual Console or any of that junk, but rather a touching tribute to a man who truly changed the world of video games.
Source: Nintendo Everything