Top 10 Video Game Cheat Codes

    September 12, 2011 at 8:00 am

    konami code graffitiWhat happens when video games stop being fun to play? You cheat of course! For some reason, video game cheat codes don’t feel like you’re doing something wrong. They just feel like they’re adding to the fun. Just punching in one of these video game cheat codes added insane amounts of replay value to already great video games. So screw the bottom of your console back on and unplug that Game Genie! You don’t need a single piece of hardware to enjoy… the Top 10 Video Game Cheat Codes.

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    Mike Tyson’s Punch Out

    Go Straight to Mike Tyson
    I love this cheat code because I, like many of my colleagues, weren’t good enough to get to Tyson. But why should that keep us from being pummeled by one of the toughest bosses of the NES era? Just punch in “007 373 5963” at the continue password screen and congrats! You get the chance to be murdered by one of the most vicious fighters of all time. Plus, you get to skip and seemingly endless stream of horrible racially and geographically stereotyped boxers. Hooray!

    Street Fighter II

    Play Versus Mode as the Same Character
    This option seems like a gimme, but on the SNES version of Street Fighter II you could not play as two of the same character in Vs. Mode. That is, until you found out about entering Down, R button, Up, L button, Y, B at the Capcom logo in the beginning of the game’s start up. Now, no one could be cheap with Guile because you could both BE Guile. You could go head-to-head with Dhalsim and have a Yoga Noogie-off. And of course you could wear your D-pad down to a nub trying to give each other a spinning pile driver with two Zangiefs. I just realized how disturbing and sexual innuendo-filled that last sentence sounds. Yikes.

    Legend of Zelda

    Unlock the Second Quest
    Beating the first Legend of Zelda was a great feeling. But an even better feeling was finding out that after you finished one of the best games of all time, you got to relive it with all new dungeons and maps! For all of you who couldn’t wield the master sword properly, just put ZELDA as your name when you are creating your character and you will start right at the Second Quest. Good luck though, because if you couldn’t beat it the first time, you’re probably not going to do too well the second time around.

    Mortal Kombat

    Blood Mode
    When Mortal Kombat came out in arcades, the main draw for some fans was all of the blood and gore in the game. Then, when it came out on SNES and GEN, fans were livid when there wasn’t any blood to be found. But on the GEN you could punch in A, B, A, C, A, B, B and get all the good ole blood that you used to pay 25 cents for in the arcades. Rip out a bloody spine and uppercut your friends and foes into bloody, spiked pits all you wanted at home. When it came to blood in Mortal Kombat, Sega had what NintenDONT. Or NintenDIDNT. That’s better grammatically, right?

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    Debug Mode
    This code is on the list because its nuts. To enter debug mode, at the title screen press Up, C, Down, C, Left, C, Right, C, Start and then hold A. Now you can change Sonic into different objects from the game. You can walk through any enemy. You can even place any object from the game anywhere you want. Whether you put the action into slow motion and speed up the frame rate, you can go f-ing crazy with the creative process of messing with a video game.

    NBA Jam

    You Name It, You Got It
    Want to have a ball on fire? There’s a cheat for that. Want that fireball to be held by Bill Clinton? There’s a cheat for that, too. Want that fireball wielding Bill Clinton to have a big head? As hard as it may be to believe, there’s a cheat for that, too. There are thousands of cheat codes for NBA Jam (a quick Google search for “NBA Jam Cheats” will give you everything you need), and NBA Jam kept players putting in quarters again and again just to see what crazy combinations of players and game modifiers they could come up with. I always liked Spud Webb and the Charlotte Hornet on a slippery floor, but that’s me.


    The Justin Bailey Code
    How ironic that you had to type in a guy’s name to see the first female bad-ass video game character. You find out at the end of Metroid on NES that Samus Aran is a hot chick. If you want to see her in action all you have to do is put in the continue password of “Justin Bailey” and twelve spaces and you can hop around as Samus without that cumbersome space suit. Whether you were a girl, proud to finally play as a cool character of the same gender or an immature boy wanting to see 8-bit boobies, this code was a fun one.

    Sim City

    Nothing is more frustrating than watching a Godzilla tear through your Sim City and not being able to rebuild right after. To get all the cash you’ll ever need for the original Sim City on SNES, turn off your auto budget and spend all of your money. Set all of your tax and funding levels to 0%. When the annual tax screen appears hold L, select “Go with figures”, and the regular screen will return. While continuing to hold L, press X twice to skip to January. Choose the tax option from the menu and raise all of your funding levels back to 100%. Leave the tax level at 0%. Select “Go with figures” and proceed to the main screen. Release L and your funds should now show $999,999. Imagine if we could just do this code in real life, right Obama? I assume Barack Obama is reading this top 10 list.

    The Grand Theft Auto Series

    All Guns, Vehicles, Etc.
    What good is a sandbox if you cant blow everything up inside of the sandbox? All of the GTA games have their own codes, but GTA IV’s Liberty City is my favorite city to cause chaos in. Just whip out Niko’s cell phone and type in either 486-555-0150 or 486-555-0100 for two different sets of weapons. Once you’re done shooting RPGs and Molotov cocktails into a busy hospital waiting room, type in 625-555-0100 to get away on a motorcycle, 227-555-0147 for a sports car or 359-555-0100 for a helicopter to get away. Once you’ve escaped the cops, type in 267-555-0100 to get rid of your wanted level and type in 482-555-0100 to restore your health, armor and ammo. Voila! You just got away with murder! Way to go!

    The Konami Code

    Contra, Life Force, Etc.
    Ah, yes. The code that spawned a million regrettable tattoos. Everyone knows the Konami Code. In fact, other non-Konami games even use the Konami Code. It gives you lives, it gives you power, and it makes pretty much any game manufactured by Konami a whole lot easier. If there is a nerd heaven and the guy at the front gate asks you for a password, the correct response would be: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start



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