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Cheats & Tips – Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (GBA)

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, GBA

Play as Maxim Kischine

After completing the game once start a new game with MAXIM as a name.

No Magic

After completing the game once start a new game with NO MAGIC as a name.

Hard Mode

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.



Hints & Tips – Wario Land 4 (GBA)

Wario Land 4

Unlock Karaoke Mode

In the sound room highlight the ‘exit’ option then hold down SELECT + START + R + L + UP (all at once). Once you have unlocked karaoke mode you can alter the pitch of the song by pressing UP or DOWN, change the tempo by by pressing LEFT or RIGHT, and change the CD to green, yellow, or just lyrics with L or R.

Find Hidden CDs

There are special CDs hidden in every level that unlock music you can listen to in the sound room, here are their locations:

Palm Tree Paradise: In the last cave before the portal switch. Walk through the wall from the bottom wooden platform.

Mystic Lake: The CD is at the beginning of the level but can only be collected after activating the portal switch. When you come back bash through the block to the left of the first door.

Wildflower Fields: Float through the gap at the beginning, then climb left into the clouds. Climb as high as you can, then go left when you reach the top.

The Curious Factory (Ruby Passage): From the portal switch room take the exit to the right. Go left at the bottom jewel piece and you will be squashed. Go left and fall into the next area. Finally, go right to get the CD.

The Toxic Landfill (Ruby Passage): There is a hidden path below the third jewel piece. Find it and smash the second television on the floor to uncover the CD.

40 Below Fridge (Ruby Passage): Activate the portal switch and head back to the portal’s location. Now go right and climb the ladder, crawl through the gap at the top then drop down. Smash open the block to find the CD.

Pinball Zone (Ruby Passage): Go through the third room containing the black balls and stand on the slope. Press down on the D-Pad to roll down to the right. Climb to the top left to find the CD.

Unlock Super Hard Mode

Complete the game on Hard difficulty. When you start a new game ‘Super Hard’ difficulty will be available.


Hints & Tips – Golden Sun (GBA)

Golden Sun, Game Boy Advance, Box Art

Teleport to Sanctum

When continuing a saved game hold down L + R + START + SELECT when selecting your save file. This will teleport you to the sanctum of the last town you visited.

Easy Money

Before entering the portal in Sol Sanctum sell all of Jenna’s items.

Find Hidden Items

If you use reveal sparkles will appear around objects that contain hidden treasures.

Rare Items

Giant Axe – Destroy an Earth Golem with a Wind Djinn and they may drop  the Giant Axe, a rare weapon which will raise your attack by 158 and inflicts the power ‘Meltdown’ on enemies.

Kikuichimonji – Kill Fenrirs at Venus Lighthouse and if you’re lucky one of them may drop this item.

Spiked Armour – Can also be found in Venus Lighthouse by repeatedly battling monsters.

Zodiac Wand – This item is sometimes dropped at random by monsters in Venus Lighthouse.

Lucky Medals  – Can be found by searching gravestones.

Unicorn Ring – Found in the jar to the left of the master in Fuchin Temple.

Turtle Boots  – After heading through the barricade go to the small island with the bridge near it. You should see some woods there. Press A to search in this area until you find the Turtle Boots.

Rename Party Members

Before entering your own name press SELECT three times to rename everyone in your party.

Cheats & Tips – F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (GBA)

F-Zero Maximum Velocity

Access Password Screen

At the Machine Selection screen in Grand Prix Mode, press L, R, Start, R, L, Select.

Unlockable Machines

Jet Vermillion

There are several ways of unlocking the Jet Vermillion Car. They are as follows:

  1. Unlock all other cars in the game and complete Championship mode 255 times (!).
  2. OR Complete every series on Master Class with all other racers.
  3. OR Create a new save file at the Name Entry screen, call it ‘T&T’ and start a game using that name. Select Grand Prix mode and at the Machine Selection screen enter the password screen code. Finally enter the password ‘V-J4+6V9A-30’.

Sly Joker

Win the Pawn, Knight and Bishop tracks on standard difficulty.

Falcon MK-II

Win any series on expert difficulty.

Silver Thunder

Win the Queen series on expert difficulty.


Win the Pawn, Knight and Bishop tracks on expert difficulty.

Fighting Comet

Win the Pawn, Knight, Bishop and Queen tracks on Master difficulty.

Unlock Master Difficulty Setting

Win the Pawn, Knight, or Bishop series on expert difficulty in Grand Prix mode to unlock the master difficulty setting for each series.

View Demo Mode

Press select at the title screen to watch a CPU demonstration.

Soft Reset

To reset the game without using the 0n/off button press select + start + A + B at the same time.

Delete Saved Games

If you need to clear any of your saved data simply hold L + R as you turn the game on. Select ‘Yes’ when prompted.

Cheats & Tips – Metroid Fusion (GBA)


Different Endings

Samus will appear in various states of undress on the game completion screen depending on how quickly you complete the game and how many items you collect.

Samus Without Her Helmet: Complete the game with a time between two and three hours to see Samus without her helmet.

Samus Without Her Suit: Complete the game in under six-and-a-half hours with 100% item collection to see Samus without her suit, standing, wearing only a bathing costume. Alternatively finish the game in under two hours, with 50% of items, and Samus will be leaning without her suit.

Easter Eggs

Near the beginning of the game, when the X are blocking the fans to condition the environment to their needs, look very closely at the top left corner before destroying the X Parasites and you can see a Gamecube!

Cheats & Tips – Advance Wars (GBA)


Unlock Advance Campaign

First buy the ‘Advance Campaign’ under Battle Maps which becomes available after completing the Campaign Mode. After you have bought it start a new Campaign while holding down the Select button. The words ‘Advance Campaign’ should appear in the upper left hand corner. This mode will make enemy AI tougher and some units stronger. Your opponent will also have more units while you will have less, but you will earn more cash for progressing.

Special Intel Tutorial

When you have finished the Field Training missions you will unlock a short tutorial called ‘Special Intel’ which gives you extra gameplay tips. It can be found at any time by going back into Field Training.

Unlock new COs

Olaf: Beat Campaign Mode.

Grit: Beat Campaign Mode and use Max in Mission 4. Buy from Hachi (on the Battle Maps section) for 50 coins.

Eagle: Beat Campaign Mode and use Sami for missions 15, 16, 17, 18 and then beat secret mission 22. Buy from Hachi for 50 coins.

Kanbei: Beat Campaign Mode. Buy from Hachi for 50 coins.

Drake: Beat Campaign Mode. Use Andy for missions 15, 16, 17 and 18. Buy from Hachi for 50 coins.

Sonja: Beat Campaign Mode. Beat Mission 9 in 8 days (or less), Mission 10 in 10 days, Mission 11 in 12 days, then beat secret missions 12, 13 and 14. Then you can buy Sonja from Hachi for 60 coins.

Sturm: Beat Campaign Mode and unlock all other COs. You can then buy Sturm from Haichi for 100 coins. Note: Sturm can only be used in Vs. mode.

Sonja’s Secret Missions

Complete CO Kanbei’s missions in the following amount of turns to unlock Sonja’s secret missions:

Kanbei Arrives!: 8 turns or less

Mighty Kanbei!: 10 turns or less

Kanbei’s Error?: 12 turns or less

If you successfully complete the missions within these time limits you will continue into a hidden path in the story line.

Advance Wars to be First GBA Game on Wii U Virtual Console

advancewarsNintendo 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.