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Nintendo Switch’s Hidden Golf Game Removed


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A Nintendo Switch secret has been removed. Datamining fans have discovered the hidden copy of Golf previously available on the system was removed with firmware update 4.0.0. “FLOG,” the code hidden in the firmware, has been removed and it is impossible to launch the game. (Thanks, SwitchBrew!)


Back in September 2017, it was discovered that people with a Nintendo Switch would be able to play a version of Golf, the NES game programmed by Satoru Iwata, under the right conditions. If the system date was set to July 11 and someone performed the hand gesture with the Joy-Cons that Iwata performed during each Nintendo Direct, the game would open up and allow people to play it in single or multiplayer with standard or motion controls.


As a reminder, this video from fire3element shows how the game was unlocked and played when the Nintendo Switch was running earlier firmware.



Golf was released on the NES in 1984 and was programmed by Satoru Iwata. Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 and was the president and CEO of Nintendo.

Jenni Lada
Jenni is Editor-in-Chief at Siliconera and has been playing games since getting access to her parents' Intellivision as a toddler. She continues to play on every possible platform and loves all of the systems she owns. (These include a PS4, Switch, Xbox One, WonderSwan Color and even a Vectrex!) You may have also seen her work at GamerTell, Cheat Code Central, Michibiku and PlayStation LifeStyle.