Play as Maxim Kischine
After completing the game once start a new game with MAXIM as a name.
After completing the game once start a new game with NO MAGIC as a name.
After completing the game once start a new game with HARDGAME as a name.
Unlock Boss Rush Mode
Boss Rush mode is unlocked upon completing the game, there are three levels that can be unlocked (Easy, Normal and Hard) by playing in succession.
Play as Classic Simon Belmont
After unlocking Boss Rush Mode press ↑, ↑, ↓, ↓, ←, →, ←, →. B, A, SELECT when the Konami logo appears. This allows you to play as the NES version of Simon Belmont in Boss Rush Mode.
Unlock Magician Mode
Complete the game, then start a new game and enter ‘FIREBALL’ as a name. If done correctly the word ‘Magician’ will appear on the Option screen. In this mode all trading cards will be available immediately under the DSS option.
Unlock Fighter Mode
Complete the game in Magician Mode and start a new game with ‘GRADIUS’ as a name. The word ‘Fighter’ will appear on the Option screen if done correctly. Nathan is stronger and able to take more damage in this mode. Trading cards are not available in this mode.
Unlock Shooter Mode
Complete the game in Fighter Mode and start a new game with ‘CROSSBOW’ as a name. The word ‘Shooter’ will appear on the Option screen if done correctly. Nathan will have a greater number of hearts, extra sub-weapon damage and can use the Homing Dagger sub-weapon in this mode.
Unlock Thief Mode
Complete the game in Shooter Mode and start a new game with ‘DAGGER’ as a name. The word ‘Thief’ will appear on the Option screen if done correctly. Nathan’s stats will be lower to begin with in this mode and will not increase as much when you gain a level apart from the ‘LCK’ (Luck) stat which will start at 1600 and will increase by an additional 160 LCK at each level.
While using the whip hold down the attack button to make it spin round in a circle. This will prevent small enemies from hitting you but you cannot move while performing this attack.
Defeat Dragon Zombies
An easy way to defeat the Dragon Zombies is to jump up to the platform by the door where you entered whenever you get hurt and activate the Jupiter + Mandragora DSS combo to heal yourself. Just watch out for the occasional fireball which may come your way.
To defeat Death easily activate the Jupiter + Manticore DSS combo. This prevents his sickles from hitting you.
DSS Card Locations
This is a list of DSS Card locations and the enemies that drop them.
|Mercury||Bone Head in Catacomb.|
|Venus||Slime in Catacomb, Abyss Corridor (hidden room), and Audience Room.|
|Jupiter||Heat Shade in Machine Tower.|
|Mars||Bloody Sword in Chapel Tower.|
|Diana||Man Eater in Underground Gallery.|
|Apollo||Arch Demon in Underground Storage.|
|Neptune||Ice Armor in Underground Waterway.|
|Saturn||Fallen Angel near the Battle Arena.|
|Uranus||Scary Candle in Golem Boss Room (defeat Camilla first).|
|Pluto||Trick Candle in Cerberus Boss Room (defeat Camilla first).|
|Salamander||Bomb Skeleton in Catacomb.|
|Serpent||Earth Demon in Catacomb.|
|Mandragoras||Axe Armor in Abyss, Corridor (in a hidden room), Audience Room.|
|Golem||Electric Skeleton in Audience Room.|
|Cockarice||Stone Armor in Machine Tower.|
|Manticore||Thunder Demon in Machine Tower.|
|Griffon||Skeleton Athletes in Audience Room (hidden room far to the right).|
|Thunderbird||Were-Panther in Chapel Tower.|
|Unicorn||White Armor in Battle Arena.|
|Black Dog||Devil Armor in Battle Arena.|
Nintendo of Europe has announced that Game Boy Advance classic Advance Wars will be released on the Wii U Virtual Console on 3rd April. This will come as a pleasant surprise to Wii U owners as the strategy title was not included in the original line-up of games that Nintendo announced back in February. That means we still have Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island to look forward to on the service later in the month.
Nintendo of America has not yet confirmed whether the game will hit the US eshop at the same time. You can see Nintendo of Europe’s original statement, made via Twitter, below.