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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.



Cheats & Tips – Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (GBA)

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon box art, Konami, Game Boy Advance, Wii U

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.

Spinning Attack

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.

Defeat Death

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.

Action Cards Location
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).
Attribute Cards Location
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.

Cheats & Tips – Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (PSP)


Unlock Cunningham

Enter the password “JUNKER”. You can also unlock Cunningham by defeating him on any difficulty setting by stamina depletion with the MK22 and then completing the game before the in-game date reaches January 1, 1971. Save your game after the credits and then load it again. Once you reach a point where you can save the game, save it and exit the game completely. Restart your PSP and load your game once again, upon doing so you will get a message informing you that you have a new soldier – Cunningham.

Unlock Elisa

Enter the password “THE-L”. You can also unlock her by completing the game with a “Medic” rating of 80. Once you have done this follow the same steps as with Cunningham to have her join you.

Unlock Eva

Enter the password “E.APPLE”.

Unlock Ga Ko

Enter the password “!TRAUMER”.

Unlock Gene

Enter the password “ERBE”.

Unlock Major Zero

Enter the password “1+2-3”. You can also unlock Major Zero if you have a Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel save file on your memory stick. You still have to complete the game first and then follow the same steps as with Cunningham.

Unlock Null

Enter the password “Hunter-n”. Another way to unlock him is by killing him through health or stamina depletion with the MK22 in both fights against him. Once you have done this complete the game and follow the same steps used to unlock other characters.

Unlock Ocelot

Enter the password “R.R.R.”

Unlock Para-Medic

Enter the password “PM-EMS”. You can also unlock her by contacting her in the Comm Building after Roy has recovered from Malaria. She will offer to help. If you place spies in the hospital she will eventually be available to recruit through a side mission.

Unlock Python

Enter the password “LQ.N2”. You can also get him to join you by using a tranquilizer gun and stamina to deplete him rather than health depletion. This will result in a different sequence where he joins you.

Unlock Raikov

Enter the password “IVN=RV”. To unlock him through gameplay do the missions up until the guest house, when you get there rather than continuing, place spies in town. After a while you will get a report about a map. Retrieve the map and place spies in the wilderness. After another short while Raikov will need rescuing. Rescue him to unlock him.

Unlock Sigint

Enter the password “DARPA-1”. Alternatively, after rescuing Snake and recruiting Para-Medic, go into the Comm building again. There you will contact Sigint and he will offer to help. After this place spies in town and he will become available in a side mission.

Unlock Sokolov

Enter the password “SATURNV”. Alternatively, give him the Saturn V blueprints in game.

Unlock Teliko

Enter the password “T.F-ACID”. You can also unlock Teliko if you have a Metal Gear Ac!d save file. Teliko will unlock on your second playthrough, the same way as Cunningham etc.

Unlock Ursula

Enter the password “PK+ESP”.

Unlock Venus

Enter the password “MGA2VE”. Venus will also unlock on your second playthrough if you have a Metal Gear Ac!d 2 save file.

Unlock Stealth Camouflage

Complete the game with a “Technician” rating of 99. When equipped Stealth Camouflage grants you invisibility for a limited amount of time.

Unlock Extreme Mode

Complete the game once to unlock the Extreme difficulty setting.


How Solid Snake Got His Name

solidsnakeIn a series of tweets Hideo Kojima has explained how he came up with the name of his most famous creation, Metal Gear Solid protagonist, Solid Snake.

Kojima explained, “The reason I used Snake as code name in MG was snake was the most appropriate symbol of living thing that hides his presence, & sneaks w/o any noise. The reason I didn’t make any specific snake like cobra, anaconda, viper was because the protagonist is the player. The reason I use SOLID was to give opposite impression of soft image.”

He also revealed the naming process behind Snake’s twin brother and enemy from Metal Gear Solid, Liquid Snake.

“Like of all endings of the any series are, the appearance of strongest enemy was a must in MGS. It’s Snake who can surpass the Snake. Thus I brought about “clone”. SOLID vs LIQUID. That is MGS.”

Finally, in Metal Gear Solid 2, a third brother was introduced, “As to develop sequel, the 3rd snake was needed. Since both solid & liquid express state, means same true state. Naturally the next would be gas but gas snake is like gas human, not handsome name. So I borrowed from physics terms of “solidus/liquidus”. SOLIDUS is not state but implies the boundary of liquid and solid.”

The next game in the series, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, will be released on March 18 in the US and March 20 in the UK. It will serve as a prequel to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain which does not yet have a release date.


Unofficial Snatcher Remake in the Works for Dreamcast

Hideo Kojima’s classic Sega CD game Snatcher is getting a HD remake courtesy of Collectorvision, a group of fans who create homebrew games for retro game systems. Besides upgraded visuals the Dreamcast version will also feature a reworked soundtrack as well as other, as yet unannounced new features.

The game is a cyberpunk-themed adventure and was originally released for the Sega CD in 1994, it is considered one of the best games in the short-lived console’s library.

Collectorvision has released some comparison shots to demonstrate how their version of the game will look.

snatcher comparison 1snatcher comparison 2We will bring you more details as we have them.