News of Golf hidden in the Nintendo Switch surfaced from SwitchBrew.org, which collects hacking and file system analysis for the hybrid console. It turns out the last explanation was true, just it goes a bit deeper than a simple bonus. Originally discovered by hackers, they took this as a sign that Virtual Console or classic game emulation was coming to the Switch. For starters, your console must be on the initial firmware version (1.0.0) and be set to July 11. Unless you've got the skills and willingness to go poking around in the system code, now the only way to start the game is to perform a specific motion with the Switch's Joy-Con controllers.
The game's activation reportedly only works on July 11 - the day Iwata passed away. I'm not sure why he did this (if it represents something), but that is certainly a way to pay tribute to his quirky personality. Indeed, it seems that if you can convince your Switch that the date is July 11 and make the "direct to you" gesture, NES Golf will fire up and be totally playable. Well, we can actually answer both of those. The loaded date originates from network-time-sync'd time, regardless of whether the user has it enabled or not. If you've ever connected your Switch to the internet, there's now no way to access the Golf game, because the console's internal clock automatically syncs itself to network time. You can't remove Wi-Fi settings, either, and confuse the system; bummer. Nintendo hasn't confirmed or commented on the game's presence, but there's a very touching theory as to what this is all about.
As a result, we, like many Switch owners out there, haven't been able to try the method out for ourselves and verify whether this is accurate.
As for what "Flog" meant, reverse the word and you get "golf" - as in the 1984 NES game programmed by Iwata.
We all owe this man great respect for what he has done for the gaming industry in his lifetime. Before he became the leader of the company that saved video games from oblivion, Iwata coded games for the iconic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), such as Golf, which he managed to fit on one of the console's low-storage cartridges with an innovative compression tool of his own design.
I know Nintendo has hidden weird secrets in its consoles before, but this is really on a whole different level.