A copy of Golf, a Nintendo Entertainment System game from 1984, was found in the Nintendo Switch console back in September by hackers. The community seemed to adopt the idea that the source code for the game under the name “flog” was a tribute the game’s programmer and former Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata. However, thanks to the console’s most recent update 4.0.0, flog’s source code has been completely wiped from the Switch’s system.
Attempts have been made to get Nintendo to comment on the subject of the file removal, but they have been reluctant to even comment on the existence of the source code in the first place. When the code was still accessible it could only be reached under certain conditions. One way is by holding each of the Joy Cons and pointing them facing away from one another, similar to how Iwata did in past presentations.
Another way the game could be accessed is a little more difficult. The user had to adjust the console’s system date to July 11, which is the very same day that Iwata had passed away. The tricky thing part to this is that the system date is set up to where it can not be changed once the system is connected to the internet. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime came the closest to talking about Golf in an interview, but no real insight was given. Even though the company never directly confirmed the files to be a tribute to the late programmer, the community might favorably consider it so even though the source code for the game is now gone.